The Speckled Trout bite has been excellent during the month of November. The Virginia Beach and Hampton area has been especially good. Anglers have also been seeing a good bite in areas to the north inside the Rappahannock and the Piankatank Rivers. Fresh shrimp and mullet have been good bait selections. Preferred lures have been the Bass Assassin sea shad, Berkley Gulp! baits such as the swimming mullet, Zoom super flukes, Mirr-o-lures, and jerkbaits from various manufacturers.
Rockfish catches have been good inside the Rappahannock River particularly for the 20-28 inch fish. Trolling umbrella rigs and stretch 25s have been good. Jigging with bucktails and rattletraps have been good. Also, casting swimbaits around the bridges has been producing fish. The James and Potomac Rivers have been good also. There have also been reports of anglers trolling through birds and finding solid fish, but this has been towards southern Maryland.
The week of Thanksgiving usually marks the start of the bigger catches of Rockfish. However, the water temps are still warm for the big Rockfish to migrate down to the traditional areas known by Virginia anglers.
Cold weather usually brings on the eel bite in the lower bay. Excellent catches of Tautog are occurring inside the bay mainly around the CBBT structures. Fiddler crab, or any kind of crab, is usually best for the Togs.
Ocean wrecks are producing excellent catches of Seabass, Triggerfish, and Tautog.
The Speckled Trout bite is very good in the Nags Head area right now, too, as the water temps are still in the low 60s. Inshore boaters surf anglers and pier anglers are enjoying the Speck bite. These anglers are also enjoying a good bite for the Puppy Drum, Bluefish, Stripers, and Sea Mullet.
The offshore boaters are enjoying a solid bite for the Yellowfin Tuna, Big Eye Tuna, and the Blackfin Tuna.