Salt Water- Spot are still being caught in good numbers, but have decreased in size a bit. Active places earlier in the week were, the Monitor- Merrimac tunnel, Lynnhaven Inlet and pier, and Buckroe Pier. These piers are also producing Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Croaker. Puppy Drum are showing up also. Rockfish season opened on October 4th. Early in the season, night fishing is far more productive in the lower bay. Casting along light lines of bridges is what many do during this time. Swim baits, lipless crankbaits, and topwaters, or flukes, work well. Since the season just opened, reports have not yet materialized. The CBBT structures are holding good sized Red Drum. Anglers bottom fishing with fresh cut Mullet or crab are doing well. Jigging has been productive also. Flounder have been biting better since September began, and typically tapers off towards the end of October inside the bay. Tautog season has started, and are already being caught. Fresh crab is the bait of choice for the Togs. Those preferring to fish inside the inlets and rivers, have been finding Puppy Drum, Croaker, and Speckled Trout. Grass areas are usually better. Ocean wrecks are good for Flounder, and will be excellent for Sea Bass when the season begins on October 22nd. Tilefish are being caught in good sizes and numbers also. The charter boats out of Rudee Inlet, and Oregon Inlet are again, finding Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi, and the October favorite, Wahoo. White Marlin are being pulled in also. In the surf along Nags Head and Hatteras, Bluefish, Blow Toads, Black Drum, and Puppy Drum are being caught. Several big Drum have been caught, along with some Flounder.
Fresh Water- Shallow patterns for bass have been prevalent at Kerr, Gaston, and Anna. Topwater baits around visible cover has especially been good at Kerr. Crankbaits around rock cover will produce fish also. The elevation there is 295′ currently. Crappie have begun to move shallow here also, but are still being caught in deeper water from brush. The lower James has been fishing well for Bass, and should continue to improve as the weather cools. Bass are being caught from both, shallow wood and vegetation. The same goes for the Chickahominy. Grass frogs are effective on the Chickahominy still. The tidal rivers are thriving with giant catfish, which this too, will improve as the weather cools. The Benjamin Harrison Bridge on the lower James usual| attracts Rockfish this time of year. Much like the saltwater bridges, night fishing is better. The upper James is suffering from a lack of rainfall, like the rest of us, but the Bass are responding to topwater baits on long casts. Plastics fished along the bottom are better on sunny, calm days. Smaller plastics are preferred. Live bait patterns have been better for landlocked Stripers at Anna, but some are having success trolling with Red Fins. The mid lake section has been best.