The areas around the mouth of the Piankatank River have been good for keeper Flounder, Puppy Drum, Trout, and Spot. Drifting and maintaining bottom contact with bottom bouncing rigs have been working well. Fishbites, bloodworms, minnows, and shrimp have been working.
There has been some excellent catches of Sheepshead throughout the lower Chesapeake Bay. Cut crab or live fiddlers work well. The CBBT has been producing many citation-sized fish this year. Perhaps more anglers are seeking them, but good catches are occurring every week.
Bay Spadefish reports have been limited, but there have been many large Spades caught from the Chesapeake Light Tower lately. Fresh clam usually works best.
Spanish Mackerel catches have been plentiful inside the bay still, which should continue into September. Also continuing into September will be the Cobia bite, which remains outstanding. The channel buoys seem to get more attention from the Cobia this time of year. They provide current breaks, and an ambush edge from which to attack.
There have been a few big Drum caught this week, but this bite has been a bit slow. Look for the Drum action to increase soon. They usually hang around into October. When encountering these large schools, just about anything will draw a strike, but be prepared for a worthy fight. Have good equipment, as they will test it.
There hasn't been a lot of action from the surf and piers in Nags Head and Hatteras this week—mostly scattered catches of Sea Mullet, Spot, and Pompano according to the latest reports. A few Spanish Mackerel and Cobia have been caught from Hatteras piers.
The inshore boats are doing well with Puppy Drum and Speckled Trout still. The offshore boats are finding Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi. The bottom charters are catching Tilefish.