BAY- Speckled Trout continue to bite well inside the Elizabeth River. There are a few other places in the lower bay and that are holding Trout, but none produce consistently like the Elizabeth. Mirro lures usually produce best during winter, but soft plastics like sea shads also produce. Trolling suspending jerk baits is a good method for finding active fish. Some can still catch Tautog at the CBBT, but these fish can be hard to locate here, but they will bite on crab if you find them.
OCEAN- Ocean wrecks are harboring Tautog and Seabass. Both these species are quite tasty and fun to catch, and will remain active through the winter. Tuna have been hard to locate lately, both Bluefin and Yellowfin. Not very many positive reports have been posted. Good reports of Tilefish are coming from deep droppers that are willing to endure weather conditions. The Norfolk Canyon is a popular area for this action. Rosefish and Seabass can also be had while deep dropping – Rockfish have been caught by those targeting Tuna, but many have abandoned targeting Rockfish.
FRESH- Blue Catfish are a species often targeted by anglers seeking truly large fish. Over the last week, high and muddy conditions existed on the James. The Potomac River, The Pamunkey, and The Mattiponi rivers can offer big catfish opportunities. As always, fresh bait is best. Some big Bass have been caught from the Chick River recently, mostly on jigs and blade baits. When conditions settle, the Ring Perch bite will begin to improve. Some have already begun to target them, but the bigger ones have been scarce. The upper James suffered from heavy rain last week, slowing down a developing Small mouth bite. The Largemouth bit remains very good at Lake Anna, along with the Crappie bite. A jigging spoon has been responsible for many good bags of Bass. Suspending jerk baits and jigs are mostly used. Slip corks are often used on both. The Striper bite remains slow still, but should improve soon. Chain Pickerel area a fun species to target in many local reservoirs now. Jerk baits are excellent for many large species now, where ever you go.