Folks are doing well with keeper Rockfish inside the Rappahannock River. Multiple presentations are working now. Trolling stretch baits, umbrella rigs rigged with 4-6 inch baits, lipless crankbaits, and jigging bucktails all seem to be working. The Whitestone Bridge area has been good, as have areas for several miles upriver. Anglers fishing the Hampton area of the James River report good catches of keeper Rockfish with the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the James River Bridge being good. Nice keepers have been coming from the Elizabeth River also.
The Hampton area has been good for the Speckled Trout and some Puppy Drum also. Lynnhaven Inlet has been especially good for the Pups. Good Speck fishing has been taking place in many areas close to the Rappahannock and inside the Rapp. Most of the tributaries and inlets south of the Rapp are holding good Speckled Trout. Good choices of baits are the 4-inch sea shad, various Mirr-o-lures, and suspending jerkbaits. The colder the water temps get the better the suspending jerkbait and Mirr-o-lure bite gets.
The Tautog bite should not be overlooked at this time as they too bite through the cold weather and are excellent table fare. Fresh cut crab is a preferred bait for the Togs as are live fiddler crabs. The CBBT structures are an excellent place to target the Tog.
Some sizable Puppy Drum are being caught from the Eastern Shore surf at this time. There is also an excellent bite for the Black Seabass on offshore structures at this time. The same structures that are holding the Seabass are holding some quality Flounder and sometimes Triggerfish.
The offshore charters are doing well with the Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna right now. Catches of Wahoo are being made from time to time too. There's great action for the King Mackerel out of Hatteras right now especially for those using live bait.
The inshore boats are enjoying good catches of Speckled Trout, Puppy Drum, and Rockfish. Nags Head pier anglers are reeling in Specks, Sea Mullet, Black Drum, and Bluefish for the most part. The surf temps are still around 65 degrees. The Buxton surf anglers are reporting a lot of sharks at the point.