Salt Water- We’re 2 weeks into Rockfish season and things are still a bit slow. Catches are being made inside the James River at the JRB, and at the islands of the CBBT. Night fishing has been more productive, but first light conditions offer topwater action better than any other time. Walking lures and poppers have been drawing strikes. The structures of the CBBT are also harboring Red Drum. However, the Drum react better to cut bait or live bait, fished along the bottom. Another bottom feeding fish present at the bridge-tunnel structures is the Tautog. These fish prefer crabs, preferably live. Rock structure is preferred, so hangups are inevitable . Bring along plenty of weights and hooks. The piers at Buckroe and Lynnhaven are attracting plenty of keeper sized Puppy Drum and Speckled Trout. Rudee Inlet has also been drawing in the Trout and Puppy Drum. Lynnhaven Inlet is a good place to target the Trout now. Now through November is typically a great time for Lynnhaven Inlet. The Trout fishing has been very good along the Outer Banks, both the ocean side and the sound side. A few Flounder are being caught from the surf and sound also. The offshore boats are reporting Wahoo,Triggerfish, Seabass, and Amberjack. A few of the offshore boats out of Va. Beach have reported Blueline Tilefish, and Mahi.
Fresh Water – Congratulations to Richard Owen from Chesterfield, for winning the BFL Regional tournament out of route 5. His three day total was 40 lbs,11 ounces. Great job Richard! Many anglers stayed inside the Chickahominy, with a much smaller amount of anglers traveling to the James. Bass fishing will continue to improve on all of our tidal rivers. This can be a fantastic time to explore the Potomac River. Like the James, fish will be using both wood cover and grass cover. Topwater baits continue to draw strikes, so don’t put them away. The lower James is still giving up trophy sized Blue Cats to those chasing them. Night fishing continues to be productive. The upper James is at 3.6 ft. at the Westham gauge. This is very low and hard to run with power boats. Jet boats are the best vessels to run up and down the river in, regardless of what the level is. The water is cooling down, but much more water is needed to greatly improve things. For now, topwater baits, and small plastics are the most productive. Kerr lake is at 295. This is 5 ft. low from normal pool. However, fish are being caught shallow, with wood cover being better. Rocks are producing fish, but the better fish are mostly coming from wood. Anna Bass are on the move. Weekend tournament weights were up after a long while of poor fishing. Crankbaits have been doing very well. Swim baits are also catching quality Bass, along with a few Stripers. Live bait has been best for the Stripers. Crappie are being caught from boat docks in the mid to upper areas of the lake. Small 1 1/2 inch twister tails are good along with small minnows. Using slip floats with the minnows can often be the better method of presentation, as changing depths of the bait is easy and almost limitless.