Cobia action remains strong along the oceanfront and inside the bay. Spanish mackerel are available to trollers from Sandbridge to Cape Henry and red drum are still feeding on the shoals at the mouth of the bay. Sheepshead are around the pilings of the CBBT.
The spadefish bite turned on this week. Look for spades around buoys, the pylons of the CBBT and at the Chesapeake Light tower. They tend to draw a crowd; divers, snorkelers and anglers, so pack some patience.
Anglers are picking up a few flounder and speckled trout inside Lynnhaven, Little Creek and Rudee Inlets. Specks are also being caught in the Elizabeth River. Anglers have been catch and releasing small stripers inside Rudee Inlet.
Aquaman Charters enjoyed an excellent week of fishing. Capt Dave and mate Luke caught red drum, cobia and lots a spadefish.
Anglers fishing off the Virginia Beach Pier have caught some nice spanish mackerel, small croaker, spot and sea mullet.
Virginia’s offshore, summer-time, bluewater action is kicking in. Over the past two weeks a few big eye and yellow fin tuna along with gaffer-sized dolphin have been caught. Deep dropping action remains good. Captain David Wright on the High Hopes had a couple of good offshore trips last week. They mixed it up; caught some nice gaffer dolphin trolling and then a limit of nice blueline tilefish bottom bouncing.
Ken Neill fished the Norfolk Canyon this week and action was continuous, they boated 30 gaffer-sized dolphin. They also released a mako shark. They had a white marlin come up behind the boat, but they had just gotten covered up by dolphin and were unable to get bait to him. They filled the fish box and returned home early.
The Rudee Angler will be running 17 hour deep dropping trips on June 13th, 20th & 27th targeting blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, snowy grouper, black belly rose fish.
Surf anglers report pompano and sea mullet in Avon and some bluefish near ramp 55. Surf fishing north of Oregon inlet has been slow, mostly small sea mullet, and croakers.
The OBX pier report sounds like this, Avalon: mullet, spot and bluefish. Nags Head: spot, sea mullet, spanish, croaker and flounder. Jennette’s: sea mullet, croaker and bluefish. Outer Banks: spot and sea mullet. The Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway reported trout, some keepers, flounder and black drum.
Inshore trollers are catching limits of spanish, plenty bluefish and some kings. Inshore bottom bouncers are catching sea mullet, flounder, bluefish and trout.
Offshore the fleet is catching lots of gaffer dolphin. There are also some yellowfin tuna, wahoo, marlin and citation bigeye tuna around.