The Cobia fishing in the Chesapeake Bay is still excellent. Calm conditions call for sight fishing as the cruising fish can be seen at greater distances. Approaching them slowly and with accurate casting is often the key to success. Live eels are often the best choice for triggering them to bite. Live bait fish, such as Croaker, also works well. The Cobia are being caught from the CBBT to the Potomac River. Chumming for them is also very productive as more Cobia travel along the bottom than they do cruising the surface.
Another species very active inside the Chesapeake Bay is the Spanish Mackerel. Most anglers troll for them at around 7 mph with Clark and Drone spoons behind diving planers or inline sinkers. A 20' leader of mono of 20-30 pound test is what many use. They can also be cast to when they're chasing bait using spoons or Got-Cha plugs.
Spadefish have been a little tough to catch at the CBBT lately—at least any with some size to them. The Chesapeake Light Tower may be more consistent right now.
The Red Drum have been a bit scarce also. We haven't been hearing of many large schools being encountered lately. Some are finding some small schools here and there, but this bite should improve soon.
There's been an increase in Sheepshead catches lately, maybe due to the fact that they have become more popular. Sheepshead prefer hard structure and like to eat crabs of any kind. The Lesner Bridge is usually a good spot to target the Sheeps.
Flounder fishing continues to improve at the CBBT and on ocean wrecks. Slowly dragging fresh strip baits behind heavy weights is how many prefer to locate them. Paralleling the CBBT structures is usually good. Jigging the pilings of the CBBT is another good tactic for the Flounder. Many of the artificial reefs in the lower bay are good for Flounder also.
Folks are catching good amounts of Puppy Drum and Speckled Trout inside the rivers and inlets of the bay. Boat docks, and grass beds are good places to target for both of these fish.
Excellent Seabass catches are occurring on ocean wrecks still. Many offshore charters are doing very well with Yellowfin, Big Eye Tuna, Mahi, and Wahoo. The Blue and White Marlin catches continue to increase for those seeking them right now.
The inshore boats along the Outer Banks are doing well with Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum still. Things have been a little slow in the ocean surf. There have been occasional catches of Sea Mullet, Puppy Drum, and Pompano. The piers are seeing catches of Sea Mullet, Croaker, and the occasional Sheepshead.