Specked trout and puppy drum action is picking inside the inlets. Topwater baits or popping corks baited with fresh shrimp, fresh cut bait or soft crabs will do the trick. Captain Beck and his Knot Wish’n Charter crews have been catching them inside Rudee Inlet. Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle registered several Virginia State Citation. Susan H. Gordon had a 25″ speckled trout release, Mike Firestone a 24″ speckled trout release. Stephen C. Davis had a 52″ red drum release, Julie Scalza a 48″ red drum release, Gabriel Bowers a 50″ red drum release, Aidan Graham a 48″ red drum release and Jose Pires Encarnacao a 50″ red drum release. Congratulations!
Rockfish season is open for slot sized fish. The best catches are coming from around structure, especially at night under lights. Trollers are using umbrella rigs, tandem rigs, swim shads and stretch baits mostly in the rivers.
Tautog are available and hungry. They’ll be available through the winter. The islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and wrecks like the Cape Henry are productive areas. Dr Ken Neill reported a few nice ones caught on the Healthy Grin.
Seabass fishing on ocean wrecks is great right now. Anglers are also catching flounder and triggerfish while targeting the seabass. Rudee Tours is running 9-hour trips on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They usually sell out prior to departure so it’s wise to book in advance.
Surf and pier anglers are catching spot, drum, trout, sea mullet, bluefish and rockfish. Amy Eanes and crew from Danville, Va loaded their cooler with some nice late season spot off the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier.
Offshore anglers are successfully targeting swordfish. Bluewater trollers are picking up tuna, a few mahi and some nice wahoo.