By Ken Neill III
Daily Press correspondent
Cobia fishing is nothing short of fantastic. Anglers are catching them by sight-casting, running the buoys, and by setting on chum slicks. However you prefer to fish for cobia, it is working right now. The largest cobia tournament of the year will be Aug. 9. The Chesapeake Bay Cobia Classic will be held out of Whitehouse Cove Marina in Poquoson and the catches should be impressive.
A look at what is happening at some of our local fishing spots:
Beaverdam Reservoir: The crappie bite was very good this week with a number of citation-sized slabs being caught. Bass fishing has slowed up a bit with anglers having to work for them. Bluegill fishing is good. There are a few catfish being caught. The next night-fishing event is Aug. 1.
Little Creek Reservoir: A good number of bass weighing more than 3 pounds are being caught. Bluegills are an easy catch. Crappie fishing is good. There were some catfish catches this week on cut bluegill and night crawlers. Yellow perch, to more than a pound, are being caught. Striped bass are providing some action and the occasional walleye catch is being made.
Poquoson Flats: Just when it looked like the puppy drum bite was about over, it picked back up this week. There was some really good puppy drum action on the flats this week with limit catches made. In addition to the puppy drum, there are small bluefish and large houndfish on the flats.
York Spit: Cobia are biting, as you can tell by the boats anchored up around York Spit. Spanish mackerel and small bluefish also are in the area. There are some nice sea mullet on the bottom and small spadefish around the legs of the light.
Cell: Flounder fishing is picking up in the Cell/buoy 42 area. Spanish mackerel fishing is good. Some large croaker can be caught next to the Cell and there are some spadefish and triggerfish there.
Bluefish Rock: Cobia fishing was terrific during the northeast blow last weekend. As the winds have calmed, so has the cobia action. Now, it is just very good. Small bluefish and Spanish mackerel are roaming the area and there are some large red drum.
Mobjack Bay: Croaker fishing is good and there are decent numbers of larger spot being caught. Puppy drum can be caught in the shallows, as can some large speckled trout. Speckled trout season reopens Aug. 1.
Back River Reef: Croaker are plentiful and there are some spot being caught. There are some nice flounder hanging next to the structure. Trolling small spoons over and around the reef will produce Spanish mackerel and small bluefish.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel: Flounder fishing is fantastic. Catches of limits are common and numerous citation-sized doormats were caught there this week. Sheepshead, triggerfish and spadefish are being caught off of the islands and pilings. Cobia and big red drum are being caught at the Inner Middle Ground area.
Eastern Shore: Croaker catches are good inside the seaside inlets with Oyster being croaker central. Flounder are being caught behind the barrier islands and on the bayside off of Cape Charles. Cobia are being caught near buoys 16 and 13. Red drum are being caught from the seaside surf and from Nautilus Shoal.
James River: Wilcox Bait and Tackle reports that the croaker fishing is very good. Some spot are being caught. Puppy drum are providing good action in the Mulberry Island area. Flounder fishing is good at Hampton Bar and at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Catfish are biting in the Jamestown area and on up the river.
York River: Croaker fishing is very good with the largest croaker being caught above the Coleman Bridge. Good numbers of spot are being caught. Flounder fishing remains good. Puppy drum activity picked up this week.
Chickahominy River: Bass fishing is very good on the tidal river. Catfish action is excellent. Above the dam, bream fishing is good. Some crappie are being caught as are some pickerel. Bass fishing is good.
Offshore: Good numbers of white marlin are being caught. This bite should get better over the next couple of months. Blue marlin also are crashing spreads. Dolphin is the most consistent catch. Some yellowfin tuna are being caught and there is a chance of a bigeye tuna at the Norfolk and Washington Canyons.
Buckroe Fishing Pier: Recent catches include croaker, spot, small bluefish and flounder. Overall, fishing has been on the slow side this past week. Before that, there were some nice catches of cobia and red drum. Both of those species are still in the area as are Spanish mackerel. The pier will be closed the mornings of July 26 and 29 from 6 a.m.-1 p.m. when the pier will host children’s fishing clinics.