Bigger Rockfish are being caught, but there are fewer folks in the Chesapeake Bay itself compared to the rivers. The river catches are outnumbering the bay catches due to the sheer numbers of anglers. Now is the time when we usually see the big Rockfish being caught as they are entering the Bay. Many of the larger Rocks in the Bay are caught by drifting live eels. Keepers inside the rivers are often caught by trolling umbrella rigs, stretch 25s, and tandem rigs. Vertical jigging with buck tails and spoons is usually productive also.
Speckled Trout reports have been down over the last few days in light of the colder weather and heavy rain, but this bite is still an option. The colder water usually calls for more of the suspending baits and ultra-slow retrieves when using the Mirr-o-lures or swim baits.
The Seabass action is great when the weather is conducive to venturing out 30 miles or more. The charters have been catching quality sized Triggerfish mixed in with the Seabass.
The Tautog bite is another bite that will endure through the winter. Togs are being caught both in the Chesapeake Bay and out in the ocean. Hard cover is what they prefer and crab is usually the best bait.
Windy conditions have been keeping many of the Carolina charters docked but the ones choosing to head out are sometimes returning with sizable King Mackerel and Blackfin Tuna.
Some good Flounder have been caught from the Hatteras surf along with some Puppy Drum, Sea Mullet, and Blowtoads.