The jumbo rockfish have arrived on the lower Chesapeake Bay. With many of the areas top anglers fishing local tournaments last week a lot of BIG fish hit the scales. Many fish topped the 50-pound mark and some went over 60. Most of the larger fish are falling to live eels but Mojos, Umbrella’s and Manns Stretches are also producing. Many Captains are using planer boards in their spread to cover more water. The water temperature at Cape Charles this morning is 52.0 F and 44.1 at Kiptopeke.
At night the lights of the CBBT are attracting bait and when the tide is moving the rockfish are feeding on it. Dock lights on our rivers are also attacking bait and rockfish. Keepers are coming from the James, York and from the HRBT. The Wolf Trap area is holding lots of smaller class fish with some keepers mixed in.
Tautog fishing around the CBBT rocks and on the near shore wrecks remains very good. The trout fishing slowed last week with few reports coming in. The Ocean wrecks are holding seabass, tilefish and triggerfish.
Outer Banks surf fishing has produced mostly sea mullet lately on cut shrimp, sand fleas, and Fishbites. There are still some puppy drum up and down the beach. Most of the pups have hit cut mullet fished on the bottom. Bluefish, blowfish and flounder are also a possibly. Soundside the red drum and speckled trout bite has slowed as most fish are headed to the ocean. The water temp at the Duck Research Pier is 51.8 A few stripers have been landed on the west-side of Roanoke Island. Offshore most activity has turned commercial but when charters run anglers are landing some tuna, wahoo, and a few dolphin.