Saltwater- There’s plenty of Cobia and Red Drum to be caught inside the bay still. Although they are on the way out, anglers are hooking up with them throughout the bay. Capt. Josh Saunders of Peake Tide Fishing has been on a solid bite for both species. Sight casting continues to be quite productive almost all over the bay. Folks are also catching solid fish in ocean waters. Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish are available for those trolling still. The mouth of the Rappahannock is still producing plenty of fish. Some Spadefish are still being caught at the cell. There hasn’t been as many targeting these fish farther south towards the bridge-tunnel. The Flounder action is as good as it’s been all year. The sizes of these fish have been better lately. Live bait, such as Spot, and jigging with bucktails is productive, as long as the fish can be kept up with. There’s been a good run of Puppy Drum and Spot from Lynnhaven Pier. The Spot have been coming from inside the Rappahannock River also. Last week, some sizable Yellowfin and Sailfish were caught, but this week the weather hasn’t been as favorable. Reports from the OBX surf this week is that the Puppy Drum, Blues, and Flounder have been providing results for those willing.
Freshwater- The Blue Catfish on the lower James has probably been the most consistent bite over the last few weeks. There seems to always be plenty of bait in the James, so having fresh Shad is usually not so hard to obtain. Bass fishing has been a bit slow lately , but will rebound greatly as the water cools. For now, topwater baits, and small crankbaits have been better for solid Bass. The upper James is cooling down quicker, so topwaters are will become better. Buzzbaits can be especially deadly in the fall, which hasn’t quite fallen upon us. Local ponds and small lakes have been especially good for Bass and Crappie, but turnover should begin to happen soon.