Many of the piers in the lower Chesapeake Bay are proving to be quite productive for many species, particularly the bottom-feeding species like Puppy Drum, Spot, Sea Mullet, and Flounder. The piers are also hosting catches of Speckled Trout.
The CBBT continues to attract multiple species of gamefish, as it provides structure habitat all the way across the bay. Folks are really enjoying a spectacular bite for Spadefish right now. Ocean structures are holding plenty of Spades also.
The Chesapeake Bay Cobia action is top notch right now also. Fish up to 80+ lbs have been brought to the scales this week. There have been plenty of fish in the 50 lb range also. The sight casters seem to be doing better, as the sharks are numerous for those chumming. Cobia are being caught from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay to the Potomac River.
We're seeing an increase in the number and size of Flounder catches. Both bay and ocean structures are yielding good Flounder. 1-3 oz jigs are what many use for the Flounder, dressing them with Gulp! baits or fresh strip bait. Many of the ocean wrecks are giving up jumbo Seabass and Triggerfish to go with the Flounder. The bay reefs are a good bet right now, and not just for the flatties.
The Spanish Mackerel bite is good throughout the bay, as folks are trolling Clark and Drone spoons in areas like Windmill Bar, York Spit, and the CBBT.
For those staying close, or inside the rivers and inlets, the Speckled Trout catches are on the increase. Grass beds are a good place to start for the Trout. If fishing the Piankatank River, try the piers that jut out in to deeper water. Topwater baits, and small swim baits, like Gulp! swimming mullets and Bass Assassin sea shads are excellent. These baits are great for the Puppy Drum also.
Some of the charters out of North Carolina are finding Tilefish, Big Eye Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, and Wahoo. The inshore boats out of Nags Head and Hatteras are doing well with Spanish Mackerel, Puppy Drum, and Speckled Trout. Those fishing in the sounds have been the most consistent with the Specks and Drum.
The surf temps are in the 77 degree range. Expect to catch Sea Mullet, Puppy Drum, Flounder, and Speckled Trout. The pier anglers are reporting the same catches as the surf anglers, with the addition of some Spanish Mackerel.