Wednesday, July 02, 2014


Bluewater action is starting to heat up, but anglers likely will have to wait until well into the weekend, if not early next week, to take advantage because of the pending arrival of Arthur.
Yellowfin tuna and dolphin had been showing in better numbers to the southeast of Rudee Inlet, well within reach of the Virginia fleet.

Captains also are reporting more and more billfish sightings, meaning that offshore catches are about to take off.Meanwhile, many captains are doing well with shark fishing, especially those working within sight of the beach.Blacktips are showing up around chum bags about as fast as mates can get them in the water. Occasionally a big sand tiger will show up to investigate. Also along the beach are plenty of Spanish mackerel and bluefish.

Cobia and flounder clearly have taken their place as the lead candidates inshore, with fish showing at all their usual summer haunts. Look for cobia around Bluefish Rock, the Inner Middle Grounds, Latimer Shoal and roaming throughout the lower Bay.The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is the favorite flatfish location, but look for flounder around the Hampton Bar and many other bottom features throughout the Bay.Action also has been fantastic inside Lynnhaven and Rudee inlets, and in the Wachapreague and Oyster areas of the lower Eastern Shore.But a powerful showing by Arthur could dirty the water and mess u flounder action for a while.Big red drum still are available around shoals at the mouth of the Bay, and along Eastern Shore barrier island breakers. Black drum typically can be found around the islands of the CBBT.Look for tarpon and lots of big shark in the backwater areas of Oyster.

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