By Connie Barbour, Steve Wray (Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle)
Hurricane Florence has stirred up our local waters, once things settle down anglers will again have to locate the best fishing action.
A couple of days before the blow there was some outstanding cobia fishing happening. Boats were finding large schools with dozens of fish on the surface. Anglers were casting live eels and large bucktails to them. Don’t forget the Virginia cobia season closes the end of the month.
King and Spanish mackerel had made a good showing before the storm. Anglers were encountering them along the coast, close to shore.
Red drum were still hanging around the lower bay and along the Atlantic shoreline as well.
When anglers return to the water sheepshead should still be available around the pilings of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and spadefish around the buoys.
A local favorite, the Norfolk spot are located throughout the bay and it’s tributaries now. Yellowbellies begin to show in the lower parts of the rivers, and then move to more oceanside locations. By about mid to late September, these hefty spot become very numerous as they pack into inlets, hang on bars, and line structure near lower bay seaside areas.
Croaker are also are showing in the same areas. Look for the big croaker to show up along the edge of the bay shipping channels and in deep holes near Lynnhaven Inlet. Speckled trout, puppy drum, flounder and bluefish are inside Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets this time of year.
Offshore the mahi mahi action was excellent before the storm. The question is, will they still be available after the blow. Also our blue and white marlin season was heating up. It will be interesting to find out how the churned up water has affected their location. Offshore deep droppers had been landing some nice
golden and blueline tilefish catches prior to the storm, and it should remain a good fishery.