Offshore billfish action is heating up just in time for the local tournament season. Boats have been catching multiple white marlins and occasional blue marlins. Mahi mahi are being found around inshore seamounts like the hot dog and a few wahoo are being caught along with an occasional tuna. Swordfish are available to those targeting them.
Deep dropping on the Rudee Head Boats remains good for blueline tilefish, black bellied rosefish and golden tilefish. There should be good amberjack action around the south tower.
There have been excellent catches of sheepshead throughout the lower Chesapeake Bay. The CBBT has been producing a lot citation-sized fish this year.
Spadefish reports are coming mostly from the light tower lately.
Spanish Mackerel catches continue and should continue into September.
The Cobia bite remains outstanding. Look for them around buoys.
There have been big drum caught but this year’s bite hasn’t match past years ….. YET. The season runs through September.
Our rivers and inlets are holding some keeper flounder, puppy drum, trout, and spot.
The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is reporting spot, roundhead, spades, a few blues and small flounders.
Look for large smoker kings to show up along the ocean front in numbers soon. One was recently caught near the CBBT.