Red drum and cobia are scattered along the oceanfront and in the lower Bay. Our cobia capture season opened June 15th. Look for them from the oceanfront to the Rappahannock River. Watch the surface around structure, over wrecks, around buoys, piers, pilings or rocks. Chumming while anchored will draw them near your boat. Bucktails and live eels are among the best bait.
Schools of red drum are in the same areas. The High Hopes crew on the 19th of June spotted a school of red drum on the surface and quickly tossed a bucktail attached to their Penn Battle111 combo and Eugene (above) will be receiving a beautiful Virginia Citation for his release!
Captain Todd Beck, Knot Wish’n Charters said, “Spanish Mackerel fishing in the ocean was really good last week until a southwest wind turned the water cold. It’s going to blow the next several days and I am optimistic that after that passes the fishing will be good again.” …. Spanish mackerel are in the Bay up to York Spit and Windmill Bar. You’ll want to troll fast with small Clark or Drone spoons behind in-line sinkers or diving planers. Tide rips are a good place to checkout.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel structure, Bay and ocean buoys and the Chesapeake Light Tower are holding spadefish. Sheepshead are feeding on the CBBT pilings.
The offshore wrecks are holding bluefish, flounder and sea bass.
Anglers fishing the inlets and rivers are finding some speckled trout, puppy drum, flounder, and sea mullet.
Pier anglers are catching a mix of sea mullet, croaker, spot, puppy drum, flounder, cobia and spanish mackerel.
Offshore at the canyon there’s some excellent yellowfin tuna fishing. Boats are starting to catch marlin, wahoo and dolphin.
Craig Bosmans owner of Coastal Fiberglass celebrated his birthday with the family. They slept on their boat, then left out of Rudee at 3:30am. Fishing about 70 miles offshore they picked up 7 tuna. Everyone pitched in, Nicole, Peyton, Miles and Noah. Congratulations!
Deep droppers fishing the canyons are retuning with boxes full of tilefish and sea bass. Rudee Tours is running up to 70 mile, 17-hour offshore trips in search of tilefish, black sea bass, blackbelly rosefish, and more. They run a variety of shorter trips inshore and offshore.