Water temperatures are slowly creeping near 60 degrees. Along the oceanfront and near the CBBT its 58 or 59. Along the beach at Oceanview and in the Elizabeth River it has reach 61. A cool front is approaching Tuesday evening and they are calling for a breezy day Thursday. The weekend looks promising.
Tautog fishing remains good to excellent. Look for them around underwater obstructions like wrecks, reefs, rocks and the pylons of the CBBT. The Virginia season closes May 15th. Craig Irwin and friend Paul got in on the taug action. They release a lot of smaller ones. Paul got a nice 24 inch 8lber.
Red drum are on the shoals at the mouth of the Bay. Next month as water warms and the number of fish increases, anglers will begin having success sight casting near the islands of the CBBT.
Black Drum are still along the shallow channel ledge running from Fisherman’s Island to north of Cape Charles. Look for boats anchored close together near Kiptopeake, the Cabbage Patch and the Concrete Ships.
Sheepshead have arrived in the Bay. Wes Blow caught 2 while togging with Dr. Ken Neill. Their numbers will increase in May and peak in early June. The best baits are fiddler crabs or mole crabs, fished very close to structure.
Flounder, speckled trout and bluefish are starting to bite inside inlets. The best flounder catches are still coming from Wachapreague, Oyster and Chincoteague on the Eastern Shore. A few flounder have been caught along the CBBT. Numbers will continue to improve as the water warms.
Anglers fishing off the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier are catching skates, rays, puffers, small blues and a few puppy drum.
Virginia offshore anglers are looking forward to the opening of the sea bass and tile fish season. Tuna catches are good to fair off Carolina.