Chesapeake Bay: Speckled Trout continue to provide good opportunities for anglers inside the Elizabeth River, Lynnhaven Inlet, The Poquoson area, and the Piankatank River. Some are still having success with soft plastics and Gulp! baits, but many are scoring better with twitch baits by Mirro lures, both the hard bait , like the 52 MR, and the new soft twitch bait,- the Paul Brown series. More and more anglers are focusing on Rockfish as water temps continue to drop. Better fish are coming from the Potomac, Rapp, and the HRBT. The first island of the CBBT has been better than the other islands, but they’re all holding fish. Fishing the light lines at night has been, & usually is, more fruitful for keepers. Tautog fishing has been consistent at the structures of the CBBT with crab offerings, but crab are becoming hard to get. Clam is a good alternative. Bluefish are plentiful throughout the bay, but especially plentiful at the CBBT, making them a nuisance when trying to present to Rockfish.
Ocean: Some nice Flounder are being caught from ocean wrecks along with some very nice Seabass, which, as of Nov.1st, cannot be possessed in Federal waters through the end of the year. Rudee Inlet is holding some keeper Trout, Redfish, and occasionally, some Spot. Making headlines in Nags Head is the outstanding action for Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum. From both the surf and piers, anglers are catching quality fish. Reports from the boaters are some Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, and still some Wahoo.
Freshwater: The upper James is again, a good destination choice now and through the winter. When the river is low and clear, live bait can be the only way to take quality fish, but for now, crank baits, spinner baits, and jigs are working well. The Blue Cat bite in the lower James is improving now, but many have turned to chasing Rockfish at the Benjamin Harrison Bridge. Night time is generally more productive, with flukes and swim baits mostly being thrown. Lipless cranks can also be productive. The Pamunkey River has been seeing an increase in pressure on the Bass population lately, probably due to the open tournament coming up on the 18th of Nov. It is a Fishers of Men sanctioned event with 100% payback. The Striper bite is on at Lake Anna, especially if you’re fishing with Jim Hemby’s Guide Service. They have been rockin’ some quality limits with live bait presentations. Anglers throwing artificial baits can expect success using swim baits and lipless cranks on the flats for both Bass and Stripers. The regions above the splits are the better areas now. Bass are also relating to docks still. Kerr Lake elevation is at 293′. This is an excellent time to scout the lake for otherwise submerged structure. However, be careful at this level. Not all ramps may be operating, so check out your options before traveling. Crappie have also been turned on in these lakes as well as local ponds. Now would be a good time to try out Alabama style rigs in both the sizes for Bass and Crappie, which we have plenty of at the store.