Salt Water- Spot fishing continues to be very good throughout the bay. Bloodworms, and Fishbites in the bloodworm scent, are what most are having the best luck with. Strong results have been coming from inside the Rappahannock River, Buckroe Pier, Lynnhaven Pier, the Monitor- Merrimac tunnel, and inside Rudee Inlet. Speckled Trout have started to show themselves inside Rudee also, When the Spot arrive in these inlets, many species of game-fish follow, including Flounder, Drum, etc. Large Red Drum are being encountered throughout the bay, but many reports are coming from the CBBT, and the Cape Henry area. Lower bay piers are reporting good catches of keeper Puppy Drum on cut Spot. Along with the Drum, Cobia are being found in the same places. Cobia season closed on Sept.15 for recreational anglers. Fishing for these fish is allowed, but they must be released. The Cobia fishing remains excellent, but, they are exiting the bay, so fishing along the oceanfront has been productive too. Rockfish season opens October 4th, and ends December 31st. The possession limit is 2 per person, with a 20 inch minimum, and a 28 inch maximum. ” Except only one of the two fish possession limit may be greater than 28 inches”. Flounder catches have been bigger , and more numerous over the last few weeks, which may be due to the abundance of Spot throughout the bay. The bay-bridge tunnel is usually a solid location for the Flounder, but ocean wrecks are still producing the best Flounder fishing. Speckled Trout fishing has been getting better also. As mentioned earlier, they have showed up inside Rudee Inlet, and are being found in familiar places, such as Mobjack Bay, the Piankatank River, Lynnhaven Inlet, and the Poquoson area. Croaker are being found in these same areas. Hurricane Jose has kept the surf conditions along the Outer Banks very rough, so there hasn’t been many reports. The same has been for the offshore charters.

Fresh Water- Fall patterns are emerging for Bass, and Crappie. Shallow feeding has increased in the tidal rivers, area lakes, and small ponds. Daylight periods are becoming shorter, and water temps are cooling down. Topwater baits are drawing more and more strikes each week. Schooling Bass can be found out in open water more frequently this time of year, and feeding periods can be numerous, but brief. Spoons can be very effective this time of year, as they can be cast longer distances than other lures. Both jigging and flutter spoons are good. This is an event that takes place more so on lakes than in tidal rivers, but the James has many pits with which this can happen. Small spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and swim baits are working everywhere. Grass frogs are still taking fish on the Chickahominy, and Potomac Rivers, as vegetation is heavy. Buzzbaits are a good bet anywhere. The upper James is low and clear, so early mornings, evenings, and overcast days are bringing more activity. Canoes, kayaks, and jet boats are the best vessels to get around in with water levels being what they are. The Blue Catfish bite remains great on our tidal rivers. The James, Chick, Potomac, Mattaponi, and Pamunkey, are all excellent for large cats. Crappie are still being found on deep structure, but some are starting to show up in shallower areas and structures, such as boat docks.

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