A good run of Spanish Mackerel catches have been happening along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Anglers fishing off the Virginia Beach Pier have been doing well. Casting Gotcha plugs has been the way to go. The Spanish bite has been, and still is, very good throughout the Chesapeake Bay. From the entrance of the bay, to the mouth of the Potomac River, folks have been doing well with the Macs.
Anglers have been crushing the Cobia also. Excellent catches will continue throughout the summer and into September.
The Flounder bite has been much better during the last week or two. The CBBT is perhaps the most popular area, as there is an abundance of fish-holding structure. The CBBT has been giving up nice sized Spadefish, Flounder, and Sheepshead. Targeting the Spades around the pilings and behind the islands is highly popular. Fresh clam is what is mostly used.
For the Flounder, many prefer to slow drag strip bait or minnows along the bottom with some type of bottom maintaining rig. The 3-way rig is one such rig that works well. Others prefer to jig with 1-3 oz bucktails dressed with Gulp! baits or strip bait, such as Croaker. Live Spot is usually best for the biggest Flounder.
The best baits for Sheepshead is usually Fiddler crab or sand fleas. All of these fish mentioned like to hang around the pilings of the bridge tunnel.
Good catches of Puppy Drum are occurring along shallow flats, especially those with submerged grass. Docks and piers are good attractors also. Casting light jigs with plastics attached is what most are using. The Drum are not especially picky. So, a wide variety of baits are working right now. The Hampton area has been good for the quality sized Puppy Drum and Trout.
The offshore boats have been returning with Yellowfin, Big Eye Tuna, Mahi, and Wahoo over the last few days. There have been some good catches of Blue and White Marlin lately also.
Certain areas of the Hatteras surf have been yielding large catches of Pompano. Some scattered action for the Sea Mullet has been occurring. Outer Banks Pier is reporting Bluefish, Croaker, and Sheepshead hanging around the pier pilings.