The outstanding fishing continues along the Virginia coast … with a lot of species available.
Large red drum schools are popping up around the CBBT islands and along the coast.
Captain Todd Beck, Knot Wisn’n guide service said the spanish mackerel and bluefish action slowed a bit last week. But ribbonfish are all along the oceanfront in 25 to 50 feet of water.
Anglers continue catching cobia throughout the bay and along the coast. Chumming and using live or cut bait is working well. When fish are spotted near the surface anglers are sight-casting to them.
Flounder fishing is picking up steam. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, bay and coastal wrecks, artificial reefs and inside Lynnhaven Inlet are good spots.
Look for spadefish around the CBBT islands and navigation buoys. Triggers and spades are hanging around coastal wrecks.
There’s a lot of LARGE sheepshead to be had along the CBBT.
Speckled trout numbers are decent throughout the lower bay and inlets. Connie at Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle said spot, croaker, flounder and puppy drum are biting inside the Lynnhaven Inlet.
Tarpon have shown up on the Eastern Shore in the barrier islands backwaters.
The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier reported roundhead, blues at the end of the pier and flounder in the surf zone.
Our local offshore marlin tournaments should be great! Virginia bluewater action is fantastic right now. Several crews retuned to Rudee Inlet flying plenty of laundry last week. White and blue marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish are showing in numbers. Dolphin and tuna are in the mix.
The 2021 White Marlin Open will be held from August 2nd through 6th in Ocean City, Maryland. Then comes the 32nd Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament on August 8. The 38th Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament takes place August 10 – 13 and Awards presentation on the 13th.. After that the tournament actions come to Rudee Inlet. The 17th annual Wine, Women and Fishing ladies-only event Aug. 14-15, followed by the 16th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament on Aug. 18-21.
Offshore deep-droppers are catching limits of tilefish. Amberjacks (wreck donkeys) are at the towers.