The piers along the Mid-Atlantic coast and the Chesapeake Bay are providing good action for multiple species. Virginia Beach Pier, Sandbridge Pier, Ocean View Pier, and Buckroe Pier are attracting Spanish Mackerel, Puppy Drum, Cobia, Sea Mullet, Speckled Trout, and other species as well.
The hot bait of the day varies, but shrimp has been excellent for many of the bottom-feeders.
Catches of Cobia are rising strongly inside the Chesapeake Bay just in time for Cobia season, which begins in Virginia for recreational anglers on June 15. The minimum size is 40 inches with a one per person limit (or two per vessel). If two are kept on a vessel, only one Cobia may be greater than 50 inches in length.
Red Drum catches are also on the rise along the lower Chesapeake Bay and the oceanfront. A number of the catches are occurring at night with cut bait. Crab, clam, or cut fish are proving to be most productive.
The Spanish Mackerel bite is another one that is increasing inside the Chesapeake Bay. Trolling small spoons on in-line sinkers or attaching them behind diving planers are the most popular methods bringing success. When encountering the schools at close range, much fun can be had casting to them with light tackle. Gotcha plugs work well, as the Mackerel have sharp teeth, similar to Bluefish.
Many of the Chesapeake Bay inlets are providing action for Puppy Drum, Speckled Trout, and Flounder. Rudee Inlet, Lynnhaven Inlet, and Little Creek are just some of the areas reported. Gulp baits and paddle-tailed grubs work well for these species mentioned. The Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel has been a good area for these guys also.
Down on the Outer Banks, there are plenty of fish being caught also. Along the beaches and piers, anglers are enjoying catches of Sea Mullet, Puppy Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Cobia, and Speckled Trout. The sounds have been hot with Specks and Pups.
The inshore boats are also scoring with Cobia, Specks, and Puppy Drum. The offshore boaters are returning with Mahi, large Big Eye Tuna, and some really nice Yellowfin Tuna—some of which have been citation sized. A few Blue Marlin are being caught, as well as some White Marlin.