May 17, 2018
Saltwater- The Drum are getting thick in numbers and size! The Blacks and Reds are funneling into the bay, but are still being caught along the oceanfront also. The Eastern Shore is always a hot spot for the Drum. The shallow shoals surrounding the island,and the shoal areas near the CBBT are notorious areas. Fresh crabs, cut bait, and fresh clams are excellent. There have been some sizable Rockfish caught from the surf of the E.S. The Chincoteague area has been really good. This doesn't usually last long however. Flounder continue to bite well in the Wachaupreague area, Chincoteague, and Oyster. Rudee Inlet has been producing keeper Flounder again this week.The York River has produced some Flounder this week, along with some Rockfish, and Croaker. Watch for the Croaker to take off soon, especially since we are between the new and full moon. The next 2 weeks should be outstanding for several species,baring any major weather events. Look for the Specks to take off soon also. This area is expected to get large amounts of rain very soon however. Cobia are already being caught in Nags Head, so look for catches to occur here soon. The Hatteras surf, mainly Cape Point, has produced quite a few Drum over the last few days, due to the southwest winds. It is also producing some nice Pompano now, big Bluefish are still hanging around,as are the Sea Mullet. A 690 lb Blue Marlin was just caught on Wed. the 16th. The offshore boats are also bringing in Wahoo, King Mackerel, Mahi, and quite a few Big Eye Tuna have been brought in weighing over 100 lbs.
Freshwater- The James River, at the Richmond Westham gauge, is currently at 5.54' This is expected to rise rapidly, soon. This will affect the lower sections also. The Chickahominy River doesn't usually get impacted the same way, as most of the water feeding the Chick get filtered by swamps and grasses. The Chick has been producing some really big fish lately, but this is often the case for the month of May. Flipping plastics, topwater frogs, and chatterbaits are widely being thrown. Many of the Bass are still in spawning mode. Post spawn conditions exist on many of the areas' lakes and ponds now. Spawning Bass can still be located, but much of the lake/pond Bass have finished. Topwater baits are excellent for the post spawn bite. Wacky rigs are another option good for post spawners. Look for Bass to hang around Bluegill beds now, as they are beginning to spawn. The Bluegills will group in larghe numbers many times, and the Bass will tear into the bedding areas to feed. Green Pumpkin colored plastics work well, as does the chartreuse color. May is an excellent time to target the giant Blue Catfish on the tidal rivers, and in Kerr Reservoir. These fish can still be targeted during daylight hours during May. Normally, temperatures are much hotter in June, causing folks to be more comfortable fishing at night for the Cats. Fresh cut Shad is hard to beat for the biggest Cats. Fresh cut Eel works well also. Anglers will also start to fish at night for Crappie at Kerr. Setting out submersible lights will draw in the baitfish, and in turn, the Crappie. The Stripers are being caught up the rivers that feed into Kerr. Both the Dan, and the Staunton rivers draw the Stripers. The Walleye get targeted up these rivers now also.