The Speckled Trout bite is in full swing. Folks are getting out and catching quite a few—and some big ones at that. Anglers are reporting that Mirr-o-lures are working already. Usually the colder the water temps, the better the Mirr-o-lures work. However, the water is not cold. Other lures working well are the paddle tailed swim baits and popping corks with Gulp! Shrimp, suspending jerkbaits, and sometimes topwater baits still. Many of these are working for keeper Puppy Drum also.
Reports inside the Rappahannock River have plenty of folks catching plenty of keeper Rockfish. Trolling 2 oz bucktails with 6 inch twister tails are popular. Weighted swim baits in the 4-6 inch sizes are also popular. Most of the Rockfish catches are coming from within the rivers and smaller tributaries of the bay. Some anglers are reporting catching many different species while targeting the Specks or Rockfish.
There's been a good Sheepshead bite lately with the majority of larger fish being caught on cut crab. Look for the Tautog bite to increase soon as some catches are already being made, also on cut crab.
The pier fishing along the Outer Banks has been very good the last couple days. There's been lots of good sized Sea Mullet caught. Sporadic runs of good sized Spot some Puppy Drum and even the blow toads are showing up in good numbers. It's been rough conditions for surf fishing, but that should change soon. Some of the offshore boaters went out this week and returned with some quality Yellowfin Tuna. The Blackfin Tuna are biting well when the boaters are able to get to them as are the Wahoo. There's been a few Mahi caught also.