Salt Water- Cobia still hanging in there, inside the bay. With the warm weather, water temps have been conducive for the Cobia to continue to hang out. Some are even catching them on flies, like Green Top employee Tyler Bruce. Tyler went out with Capt. Josh Saunders of Peake Tide Fishing this week. Catches of Cobia are being reported from numerous places throughout the bay and along the oceanfront. Schools of Red Drum are also being encountered throughout the bay, but the CBBT has been the hot spot it seems. When the Drum are schooled along the surface, they will hit just about anything. They are also being caught on bottom structures with heavy jigs. The Flounder bite has been better since September started, and has continued despite the strong storms that have come up the coast. The Spot are still running also, as the lower bay piers such as Buckroe, and Lynnhaven are reporting. These piers are also reporting Trout, Flounder, and Croaker. There has been some Sheepshead caught at the CBBT over the last week. Some very notable catches of Speckled Trout have occurred lately. A 9 lb 3oz, and a 5 lb 1 Oz Speck were weighed in over the last few days. As we approach October, the Wahoo bite typically increases. Trophy sized Wahoo have already started to show up. The White Marlin bite slowed, compared to earlier in the month. Blue Marlin have made a few showings lately also. Over the last few days however, hurricane Maria as kept boats tied to the docks. There was an open window for anglers to take advantage of, and some did so and targeted the Tilefish with excellent
Fresh Water- Fishing along the upper James has been excellent the past week, despite low conditions. Topwater baits, and bottom crawling baits rigged on light jigs have been great. Flukes have been good on long casts. Flathead Catfish have been quite active also. They have also been known to strike artificial lures. Tidal river fish have been found shallower the last few days as well. Square billed crankbaits,spinnerbaits, and Texas rigged soft plastics have been the top 3 on the James. The Chickahominy River has more vegation, generally making the fish relate to shallower cover. Submerged grass, pads banks and creek channels are where anglers typically have the better luck. Duck blinds are usually good wherever they are found. The Blue Catfish continue to attack fresh baits aggressively. Bass are being found shallower in lakes like Kerr, Anna, and Smith. Visible cover, and channel drops along defined creek beds have been good, and will continue. The old saying,” find the bait, find the fish” is more applicable in the fall season. Rattle baits and topwater baits have been excelling lately, no matter the body of water.