Chesapeake Bay: Rockfish are the focus of many anglers throughout the bay and its tributaries. Bigger fish have yet to show up, which is typical for this time of year. Keeper sized Rockfish are abundant at the islands of the CBBT. The Lesnar Bridge at Lynnhaven provides good action for back fishermen for Rockfish. Many are still targeting these fish inside the rivers like the James, Rapp, York, and the Potomac. The many humps in the lower Potomac are holding good fish. Probably the 2nd most popular species currently is Speckled Trout. Top water baits are still working along with Mirro lures and Gulp! baits. Action inside the Elizabeth River is increasing, but the Piankatank, Mobjack Bay, and Lynnhaven Inlet are still producing quality fish. The action for Red Drum has slowed down in the bay. Tautog action continues to get better as cooler weather increases. Voracious Bluefish are everywhere.
Ocean: Ocean wrecks are holding big Flounder for those targeting them. Jigging bucktails and live bait presentations prevail on these structures. Sizable Seabass also inhabit some of the same ocean wrecks as Flounder. Surf anglers in the Avon area can expect keeper Speckled Trout, and schools of Red Drum can be seen form the piers and many are being caught from the piers and surf. Some of the best Wahoo fishing in years is occurring right now on boats heading out from Nags Head and Hatteras. Eric Jones of Richmond recently boated 5 Wahoo, with some over 50lbs.
Freshwater Rivers: Tidal Rivers are providing good action for Rockfish, especially at night, where fishing light lines at dark is especially effective. The Benjamin Harrison Bridge on the James is a good example. Flukes, Rattle traps, and swim baits are productive. Tidal rivers are also giving up giant Blue Catfish. The James and Chick are perhaps the most popular, but the Pamunkey and Mattaponi are producing big fish also. Bass are responding to Senkos, crank baits, and small spinner baits. Deeper banks are usually better right now. The upper James is a bit low and clear, but the Smallmouth are cooperating nicely. Crawfish crank baits are a fall standby, as are jigs fished slowly on the bottom. On windy days, a spinner bait can be hard to beat. Small 1/4oz rattletraps are working well just about everywhere, but especially in the local lakes like Anna, Gaston, and Kerr. Roaming Bass can be found chasing schools of bait in open water. Shallow docks are also a good pattern. Most small ponds and lakes have turned over and crappie and Bass are again biting well. Crappie are responding to 1 1/2 -2’’ grubs, especially chartreuse. Bass are still biting buzz baits, other top water baits, and jigs.