Tautog are becoming more available inside the bay. The CBBT is a good place to target these excellent eating fish. Crab, either cut or whole fiddlers work well.
Rockfish are becoming more available also. They are mostly being found inside the creeks and rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. Good reports have been coming from the Rappahannock River, for example. As the weather gets colder and later in November and December the bigger fish are usually caught inside the Bay proper. But for now, the rivers and creeks are yielding good sized Rockfish. Many are being caught shallow by those targeting Speckled Trout and/or Puppy Drum.
There have been some quality-size Rockfish caught from within the James River, particularly from the James River Bridge. The Hampton Roads tunnel has also been producing keepers along with the islands of the CBBT.
The Speckled Trout bite may be the strongest bite going at this time as anglers are scoring well with various baits. Some of the more popular baits for the Trout are 4-inch swim baits, Mirr-o-lures, jerkbaits, and live bait such as shrimp, Spot, or finger Mullet. Like the Rockfish, they are mostly being found inside the rivers and inlets of the Chesapeake Bay. Lynnhaven, Mobjack, the Piankatank, and the James are some popular locations.
Rough, windy conditions have kept many of the charter boats docked over the last few days. So, the reports are not plentiful. The piers and surf of the Nags Head area have produced a little better. There's been a good run of Puppy Drum for the last few days along with the Spot and Speckled Trout. There has also been some good-sized Sea Mullet and Bluefish reported.