Spot fishing is picking up in the lower Chesapeake Bay and oceanfront, but the catches are still smaller than desirable for this time of year. The piers have been the place to be. Virginia Beach Pier, Ocean View, and Buckroe Pier have been reporting a lot of Spot. The bite has been better at night. Bloodworms are best, if you can find them.
The Flounder bite is still hot on ocean wrecks in the bay, and the bite has been increasing at the CBBT. The bridge tunnel has also been good for big numbers of Spanish Mackerel. Anywhere along the spans can be good. But between the 2nd and 3rd islands has been better this week. There have also been plenty of Bluefish mixed in, as they often are. Gotcha plugs and metal spoons work well. They also don't fall apart after hooking the Macs and Blues.
Many are still focusing on the Cobia with good luck, but the Cobes are on their way out of the bay. This is typically a good time to find them held up behind channel buoys, as current breaks.
The Sheepshead action is still very good along the structures of the CBBT. Fiddler crab and cut Blue crab are the baits to be using. When fishing the structures, be prepared for larger catches such as Red Drum and Cobia, as they like to eat crab also.
Look to the inlets and tributaries of the bay for the better Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum fishing. September through November can be some of the best Trout and Drum fishing of the year. Topwater baits can really excel over the shallows where they feed and reside.
The offshore boats are finding plenty of Yellowfin Tuna still, and the Wahoo action is picking up. Another bite that is picking up for the offshore guys is the billfish bite. Blues, Whites, and Sailfish catches are on the rise. The boats out of Hatteras are doing better for the Mahi at present.
The Outer Banks inshore boats are finding loads of Spanish Mackerel. The OBX surf is clear, but the fishing has been a bit slow. A few Sea Mullet and Pompano catches have been reported. The surf temps have been in the 80 degree range this week.