Things are heating up nicely on the saltwater front. Anglers fishing along the Atlantic oceanfront and Chesapeake Bay beaches are catching a variety of species. Keeper sized Puppy Drum are providing great action right now as well as Speckled Trout and Rockfish. Flounder action is increasing in these areas also. The piers at Ocean View, Virginia Beach, and Buckroe are good choices for the species mentioned.
The inlets of the Chesapeake Bay are also improving with catches of Speckled Trout, Drum, Rockfish, and Flounder.
The Potomac River has been yielding some large Rockfish recently, as the season just opened. The Potomac River falls under Maryland jurisdiction.
Large catches of Red and Black Drum continue to occur along the Eastern Shore—both the seaside, and the bayside.
A number of Cobia catches have been made over the last few days, but they have mainly been from the oceanfront. Catches from inside the Chesapeake Bay will greatly increase very soon. Early in the season, chumming is usually more consistent for the bigger fish. Live eels are a favorite for Cobia fishing, whether chumming or sight casting.
Some big Sheepshead have been caught over the last few days, with a 14-pounder being the biggest we've heard of so far.
Good catches of Tautog have been made, but not a lot of anglers are targeting them right now as the season is closed through June 30th.
Spanish Mackerel are showing up more frequently now, particularly along the oceanfront.
The piers and surf of Hatteras have been producing Sheepshead, Puppy Drum, Pompano, Blues, and Sea Mullet. The surf has been good for the Speckled Trout, but the fishing inside the sound has been better for the Trout lately.
The offshore charters have been returning with some big Tuna this week. Big Eye and Yellowfin have been the big bites. Good catches of Mahi, and some Wahoo are occurring. A 400-plus pound Blue Marlin was brought in recently.