Flounder fishing is probably the best it has been over the past two years. The Gloucester Boys and Girls Club Flounder Tournament was won by Derrick Hall and his crew with a three-fish stringer weighing an impressive 22.30 pounds. Their largest doormat weighed in at a whopping 9.8 pounds. There are some big flounder in the Chesapeake Bay right now.
A look at what is happening at some of our local fishing spots:
Little Creek Reservoir: Largemouth bass are being caught, but anglers have to work for them and not many large fish are being caught. Pan fishermen are faring better, catching large bluegill and crappie. These fish are being found in the grass beds in 12 to 18 feet of water. Striped bass, in the 6- to 10-pound class, are providing some action.
Poquoson Flats: There are puppy drum roaming the shallows but not in great numbers. Small bluefish are being caught and big houndfish are good for some excitement if you can hook one.
York Spit: Cobia fishing remains very good. Sharks can be a problem for anglers fishing chum slicks. Cobia to over 70 pounds were caught at York Spit this week which makes weeding through the sharks more palatable.
Cell: Spanish mackerel have made a good showing in this area. Flounder fishing is picking up in the Cell-Buoy 42 area. There are some horse croaker in close to the structure of the cell along with some triggerfish.
Bluefish Rock: Cobia are being caught in good numbers and sizes by anglers fishing chum slicks. A bit of a northeast wind, like the breeze predicted for this weekend, really seems to turn this area on. There should be some impressive cobia catches made here over the next few days. The occasional big red drum is a by-catch and flounder can be caught next to the chum pot on the bottom.
Back River Reef: Croaker are thick on the reef. Most are in the small to medium size range. There are some nice flounder hanging next to the structure. Spanish mackerel can be caught by trolling small spoons around and over the reef.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel: The flounder bite is good with some true doormats being caught. The best areas have been near the third and fourth islands and just south of the high rise section. Big sheepshead and some really nice triggerfish can be found at the rock islands and along some of the pilings. Spadefish catches have also been good. Cobia and some red drum are being caught in the Inner Middle Ground area.
Eastern Shore: Croaker catches are good inside the seaside inlets. Sea mullet, croaker and flounder are being caught at the concrete ships. Flounder are being caught off of Cape Charles. Cobia are being caught near buoys 16 and 13. Big red drum and some small black drum are still being caught at Nautilus Shoal and in the seaside surf. There are tarpon behind the barrier islands if you really want a challenge.
James River: Wilcox Bait and Tackle reports that the croaker fishing is very good. Some spot are being caught. Puppy drum are still providing some action but not in the numbers that they were. Flounder fishing is good at Hampton Bar and at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Flounder to 7 pounds were caught on Hampton Bar this week. Catfish are biting in the Jamestown area and on up the river.
York River: Grafton Fishing Supply says that croaker fishing is good and more horse croaker are being caught. Flounder fishing remains good with some citation-sized fish being caught in the York. There are some “eating-sized” spot. Puppy drum continue to be caught but not in great numbers. If you catch one of the sturgeon that have been seen breaching in the York, release it immediately as they remain under a moratorium.
Chickahominy River: River’s Rest Marina reports that bass fishing is good in the tidal reaches of the Chick, below the dam, but not many anglers were on the river this week. Catfish action remains good and decent numbers of yellow perch are being caught by the anglers that are out there. Above the dam, some bass are being caught but the best catches have been large bluegill, shellcracker, and crappie. Pickerel are also providing good action.
Offshore: Dolphin catches are good. There were some yellowfin tuna caught near the Norfolk Canyon this week. White marlin are here in good numbers and a fair number of blue marlin are being encountered. More wahoo are showing in the catches. A bit to the north, bluefin tuna can be caught at the Lumpy Bottom and bigeye tuna are a possibility at the Washington Canyon.