Virginia’s Striper Season Picking Up

7 lb Speckled Trout caught inside Lynnhaven Inlet by Ed Cromwell


Virginia’s striper fishing is picking up. Keeper fish are coming from our rivers where anglers are jigging structure on the Elizabeth, James, Rappahannock, and York Rivers. Night fishing along the CBBT is heating up as well. Try drifting eels or trolling tandem rigs, Mann’s stretch 20′s, daisy chains or casting twister tails near bridge pilings. The striper fishing will continue to get better with each passing cold front. The water temperature at Cape Charles is 58.5 F.

Some nice tautogs are feeding around the islands of the CBBT. This will continue to improve as the water drops into the low 50’s. Fresh crabs are the bait of choice.

Lynnhaven Inlet has been the hot spot for speckled trout and puppy drum lately.

The ocean wrecks off Virginia Beach are holding flounder, seabass, triggerfish and chopper blues.

OBX surf anglers are finding speckled trout, bluefish, puppy drum, black drum, and spot action. Those targeting trout have landed lots of keeper-sized fish on cut shrimp. A mix of cut mullet and shrimp has worked well for all the other species.

In the sounds the speckled trout and red drum bite remains steady. Live shrimp under float rigs, as well as live finger mullet on Carolina rigs, have gotten the job done.


Frank Adams sent us this picture. A limit of stripers caught at Manns Harbor

The striper fishing has also picked up in the sound. Anglers have easily landed limits. Fishing the bridges on the west side of Manteo is your best chance. Speckled trout fishing in the sound has been excellent also.

The nearshore OBX bite remains steady; there are plenty of kings around. Bluefish and false albacore are schooled up close to the beach. Tossing metal jigs to busting fish has produced plenty of action.

Offshore, the tuna bite has improved, with plenty of yellowfin and blackfin being landed. A few dolphin, wahoo and sailfish have also been in the mix.


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