By TH Spangler | Connie Barbour (Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle)
The weather finally gave us a break and anglers taking advantage were rewarded! Those fishing the lower Chesapeake Bay found plenty of sheepshead along the CBBT. Spadefish are on just about all structure. Nice Spanish mackerel are feeding in the tide rips. Big red drum, cobia, croaker and small spot are all available throughout the lower bay.
Rudee and Lynnhaven inlets are producing some speckled trout and puppy drum. Look for feeding bluefish to invade at anytime.
The coastal wrecks are holding sea bass, flounder, triggerfish and spadefish. Spanish mackerel fishing is very good along the oceanfront.
Eastern shore anglers are finding croaker and flounder inside the seaside inlets. Tarpon are in the deeper holes. The shoals are producing big red drum and cobia.
Offshore Deep-droppers are finding excellent numbers of both golden and blueline tilefish, along with sea bass.
Mahi-mahi tops offshore trolling action. Billfish and wahoo numbers are on the rise just in time for local tournaments! We have a great lineup of big money tournaments ready to roll! The Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament just wrapped up. Next is the 45th annual White Marlin Open out of Ocean City, Md. This is the biggest billfish tournament on the East Coast. Teams can fish out of Virginia Inlets and points north, but must return to Ocean City if they have a fish to weigh. Then comes the 29th annual Alice Kelly Memorial women’s only event out of Pirate’s Cove Aug. 11-12 followed by the 35th annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament Aug. 13-17. After that the parties move to Rudee Inlet. The 16th annual Wine, Women and Fishing women’s only event falls on Aug. 17-19, followed by 15th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament Aug. 22-25. Even if you are not participating these are great events to checkout. Hundreds gather at the scales each evening to watch the Weigh-ins.