As October rolls in the big red drum start rolling out. Look for large schools on the surface exiting the Bay. Anglers surf fishing along Sandbridge have been successful, mostly at night. Frank Marble beached two at 48 inches and several over 40. A number of release citations have been recorded by Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle recently. George Kotarides 48 inches, Jonathan Guion 48 inches, Joe Jacobs 47 ½ inches, Joe Jacobs 47 ½ inches, Dee Smith 52 inches, Dee Smith 52 inches, Joe Sudduth 48 inches, Charles G Sudduth III 50 inches, Morgan Stroh 47 inches, Donald Gelinas 49 inches, Abigail Kelley 49 inches, Abigail Kelley 47 inches, Robert Kelley 47 inches, David R. Oden 46 ½ inches, Charles Doriguzzi 48 inches and Ethan Doriguzzi 53 inches.
The spanish mackerel have been larger and plentiful the past couple of weeks. Long Bay Pointe registered several nice ones for Virginia State Citation Awards. Jack Limroth released three at 28, 29 and 30 inches. Alex Gallardo Perez weighed a 5 lb. 11 oz. and a 4 lb. 8 oz. fish. Jack Limroth weighed a 7 lb. and a 4 lb. 14 oz. fish. And Cardelario Gallardo a 4 lb. 5 oz. and a 4 lb. 3 oz. fish.
The speckled trout bite is picking in Rudee Inlet, Lynnhaven Inlet, Little Creek Inlet, the James River, Elizabeth River, the Hampton/Poquoson area, areas around the Rappahannock River. Amos H. Chang registered a 24-inch speckled release. Look for Puppy Drum in the same areas.
The Sheepshead are still feeding at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, the Monitor Merrimac Bridge Tunnel and on Bay reefs. Evan Rossen weighed a 11 lb. 2 oz. sheepshead last week.
Spot are available from the Rappahannock River to the oceanfront.
Some flounder are being caught on ocean structures.
Lots of seabass are being caught on ocean wrecks.
Offshore boats are finding wahoo, mahi, yellowfin tuna and blue and white marlin.
Deep droppers are catching tilefish. Captain David Wright on the High Hopes has been catching blueline tiles and an occasional tuna or white marlin. The Rudee Tours headboats are targeting black sea bass, triggerfish, flounder and bluefish on their Full-Day Fishing Trips and tilefish on their 17-Hour Deep Drop Trips.