Catches of Large Black Drum in the shallows of the Eastern Shore are being reported a lot this week. Most are coming from the seaside. Reds are being caught also, but the large Blacks have been outnumbering the large Reds. The area around Fisherman Island is where there is a lot of interest. Fresh clams are the bait of choice, along with cut bait, or cut crabs.
Rockfish are being caught along the seaside of the Eastern Shore and the Fort Monroe area of the Chesapeake Bay. The coastal and bay seasons begin May16. The coastal season lasts thru December, whereas the bay season ends June 15. In the bay, there is a minimum size of 20 inches, and a max size limit of 28 inches. The coastal regulations state a 28 inch minimum, and a 36 inch max. Both seasons have a 1 fish per day limit for recreational anglers.
Tautog season is still open, but closes May 16 to June 30. Folks are catching large Togs still, both in the bay and the ocean.
There have been some reports of Cobia caught from Virginia waters, but the recreational season does not open till June 15.
The better Speck fishing is taking place along the OBX right now. Both the piers and the surf are producing Speckled Trout up to 5 pounds. There's word that a 28-inch Speck was caught from the surf in the last few days.
There has been a good run of nice Sea Mullet and Puppy Drum along the surf and piers of the OBX. Black Drum are still being caught and some Spanish Mackerel are starting to show up. The inshore boats are finding plenty of Red Drum and Bluefish.
Many of the offshore boats have stayed docked due to the rough weather, but those venturing out have sometimes returned with Tuna (Yellowfin and Blackfin) and Mahi.