Folks are catching plenty of large Rockfish inside the Chesapeake Bay now. The larger fish are falling to live eels fished at various depths. The Cape Charles area of the bay is famous for the bigger Rockfish at this time of year. Reports of 45-50 inch fish being caught there are on the rise.
Plenty of keeper Rockfish (20” minimum size, 36” maximum size) are being caught inside the rivers—mainly the Rappahannock. Anglers are finding good fish inside the James also but the Rapp usually gets more attention. Many are using umbrella rigs inside the Rapp with good success.
There are plenty of Tautog to be caught inside the bay, too, as much of the attention goes to the Rockfish. The Tautog season remains open through the winter. Bay structures and ocean wrecks are both providing action for quality Tautog. Crab and clam are usually the best baits to use.
There have been big numbers of Seabass caught from numerous ocean wrecks. The season for the Seabass is closed after December 31st.
The Carolina surf appears to be quiet these days, other than a few big Drum being caught from the Cape in Buxton. The few charter boats that are venturing out are catching nice King Mackerel.