Saltwater- The Spot run is increasing throughout the bay. Reports are excellent from Lynnhaven Pier, the JRB, and the Rappahannock River. Bloodworms have been best. These areas have also been good for the Puppy Drum and Speckled Trout. Flounder action has picked up, but recent rough weather has slowed things down this week, and could get worse, if we receive more tropical storms. However, ocean wrecks have been consistent for the Flounder. Cobia action close to the CBBT has been good, despite the foul weather. Anglers are adapting well to the heavy overcast conditions. Big schools of Drum are being encountered more often now. When the timing is right, they can be quite numerous on lower bay reefs, such as Bluefish Rock, and Back River Reef. Many are reporting plenty of Spanish Mackerel throughout the bay, but the area near the mouth of the Potomac River has been especially good for numbers of keeper Mackerel. While visiting some of the deeper ocean wrecks, anglers are scoring well with the Seabass. Prior to the rough weather, the Blue and White Marlin bite had been very good. In fact, an 801 lb Blue Marlin was caught on Aug. 25th. Good catches of Mahi were still occurring also. There hasn’t been a lot to report from the Outer Banks surf over the last few days.
Freshwater- The rivers have been in fine shape lately, but the Bass fishing has been a bit tough. The lower James and the tidal Chickahominy have received quite a bit of pressure over the last few months, but with the size of this fishery, the chances of trophy sized fish is very high. Get your fishing in soon, as the weather looks to take a turn for the worse possibly. The upper James could certainly use the fresh water, but let’s hope it doesn’t get overwhelmed. The topwater bite has been great inside the city limits and western stretches of the James. There’s been an increase in the Flathead catches lately. Both, within the city, and areas to the west. The lower James remains excellent for the giant Blue Catfish, but September can bring changes in the holding areas of the cats. Many say that they go shallower during this time. Night fishing is still great for the trophy cats. Congratulations to the Richmond areas’ own Mike Hicks for the win on the Potomac River in the Costa series division of the FLW tour. His 3 day total was 48-10. He relied heavily on a topwater bait. Topwater baits have been good everywhere, but especially good in the smaller lakes and local ponds of our area. Spook baits and Buzzbaits have been outstanding, along with weedless grass frogs. Big 10 and 12 inch worms have been good also, but not many have the conviction to throw them. Live Shad on down lines have been good for the Stripers on Lake Anna. Bass fishing has been tough, as it has been taking a 10 lb average to win the Sunday morning series; a 4 hour tournament.