Many of the Rockfish being caught are being caught inside the rivers. Most of the reports this week have come from the James, the Rappahannock, and the Potomac Rivers. Umbrella rigs have been popular. Many are being used with heavy mojos. Tandem rigs are also bringing aboard fish. Some have been able to find feeding birds which can enable casting to the fish with buck tails, rattletraps, swim baits, and spoons. These baits can also be jigged vertically with good success.
There has been some night success at the CBBT lately, but not widely talked about. The Speckled Trout anglers have been faring well—especially those fishing at night under the full moon. Lynnhaven Inlet has been good in the last few days. The Rappahannock and surrounding inlets and tributaries have also been good. Depending on the severity of the winter, the Speck bite can remain quite good throughout the whole season. As the water temps drop, the better lures tend to be Mirr-o-lures and suspending jerkbaits.
High winds in the last few days have kept the charter boats docked and the surf anglers off the beaches. So, there haven't been many reports from them.
Tautog anglers are enjoying a good bite both inside the Chesapeake Bay and on ocean wrecks. The ocean wrecks are producing excellent catches of Seabass, Triggerfish, and Flounder.