Loads of big Rockfish continue to be caught inside the Chesapeake Bay. There have been many fish over 50 pounds reported in the last week.
Most are catching the bigger fish using eels in the Cape Charles area of the bay. The eel presentation is usually best when fish are being marked in the middle of the water column or suspended. When marked on or near the bottom, the heavy mojos and bell sinkers attached to 3-way swivels can be great.
Unfortunately, the Chesapeake Bay season for Rockfish closes on December 31. This also includes the bay tributaries. Some continue to have good luck jigging buck tails and spoons inside the rivers and even in the bay. Trolling various presentations is the most popular method for locating Rockfish in Virginia. Tandem rigs, umbrellas, and stretches all seem to be working.
The ocean season for Rockfish begins January 1st. The minimum keeper size is 28 inches and the maximum size is 36 inches.
Die-hard Speckled Trout anglers are finding a few fish inside Lynnhaven Inlet and also Rudee Inlet.
Tautogs are being caught inside the bay at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and out in the ocean on wrecks and reefs. Fresh crab is the preferred bait for the Togs.
Seabass season closes on December 31 also. This has been another excellent year for the Seabass anglers. A special season will open for the month of February for those who obtain a permit.
Surf anglers along the Hatteras beaches are finding Sea Mullet in various places. Catches of Black Drum and Puppy Drum are occurring too.