As the end of summer approaches opportunities continue for local anglers! In fact some of the best fishing of the year happens now!
Spadefish and sheepshead are on Chesapeake Bay structure. Kayakers have been catching lots of large sheepshead around the piling of the CBBT.
This time of year there are nice flounder in the inlets along with some speckled trout, puppy drum and bluefish.
Cobia and big red drum catches remain good.
Look for spanish mackerel to be feeding in Chesapeake Bay tidal rips and along the oceanfront. There should also be some kings inshore. Keep an eye out for cobia, the brown suites are hanging around the same areas.
Croaker, sea mullet and flounder are in Eastern Shore seaside inlets and on the bayside as well. Tarpon should be in their usual Eastern Shore holes.
Croaker are available throughout the lower bay and more small spot are starting to show. Look for spot and croaker sizes to increase as September approaches.
The coastal wrecks are holding flounder, spadefish, triggerfish, sea bass and sandtiger sharks.
Pier and surf anglers are finding sea mullet, pompano, spadefish, small flounder, and a few spanish mackerel. Cobia and red drum are a possibility.
Offshore billfish action is heating up just in time for the local tournament season. The 18th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament runs August 18 thru 21st out of Rudee inlet.
There should be plenty of amberjack holding on the Chesapeake light tower and south tower. Deep-droppers are finding excellent numbers of both golden and blueline tilefish, along with sea bass. Rudee Tours deep drop fishing has been stellar! Excellent catch of tilefish and even a surprise silver snapper last week!