Loads of Red Drum have been caught from the VA Beach oceanfront in the past week. This has slowed a bit, and hopefully, so have the crowds. Large Reds were caught by many, from both the surf, and the pier. Cut Spot is what most were using.
The oceanfront is also producing Puppy Drum and some nice Speckled Trout. The Specks and the Pups are biting quite well in many places throughout the bay. Just about all of the inlets and rivers are drawing anglers in search of these fall season fighters. Popping cork rigs, jigs, and topwater baits are all working. Some are pulling in Rockfish along with the Trout.
Keeper Rockfish are being caught from the James, Rappahannock, Piankatank, and Potomac Rivers, just to name a few. The Wicomico River and surrounding areas are a traditional hot spot this time of year. Anchoring up-current from wrecks or reefs and free lining cut bait down to the structures will, many times, draw strikes and create a heavy feed. Rock jetties, anywhere they are found, can be good places to find Rockfish. Casting bucktails, lipless crankbaits, and topwater baits, can be productive.
Folks are finding that the Sheepshead bite is still strong in many areas. The CBBT, MMBT, and the HRBT, can all be good areas. Fiddler crabs are the bait of choice.
The Flounder reports have slowed, but there are still plenty around to be caught. The bite out in the ocean is more consistent, so many prefer to focus their efforts there.
On ocean structures, anglers are finding plenty of Seabass. The winds have not been kind lately, So, recent reports are low. The surf has been rough along the OBX as well, but the Reds have been biting there also.
The pier action has been a bit slow lately, with catches consisting mostly of Pompano, Spot, and Sea Mullet. The surf temp has been at 72 degrees. The weather this week has not been favorable for the offshore anglers, but the inshore guys have been doing well with Rockfish, Speckled Trout, and Drum.