Way South Fishing Reports

Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 10 Update:

Contributor Chuck Harrison reports that a day at the CBBT this week produced a mix of small spadefish, a flounder, a small blue, and one very nice 47-inch redfish. Trolling for Spanish proved unproductive though Capt. Stan of Blind Date Charters did get into a mess of ribbonfish plus a kingfish while trolling similar waters. As we noted in the Coastal Reports, the numbers of ribbonfish and Spanish just outside the Bay have increased in number significantly the past week so we’re guessing this bite will just get better and better. Also from the CBBT, we had a couple reader reports of decent sheepshead fishing with crab baits, and of at least one boat doing quite well flounder fishing, coming home with seven keepers up to 22-inches.

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Jason Kazmarek tied into this 40-inch cobia while fishing near the CBBT.

Still, despite the numerous tempting fisheries many anglers remain focused on the cobia bite. Sight fishing out of Kiptopeke, Cape Charles, and around the CBBT is now being solidly favored over chumming, as the presence of sharks and rays was driving chummers insane last week. We heard from one reader fishing by the CBBT who cut off eight sharks in a row, before finally throwing in the towel on chumming. The numbers of cobia being spotted by sight anglers has dropped a bit from the peak, but double-digit sightings and limit catches were still reported by plenty of anglers this week on days with decent conditions.

Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 3 Update:

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The Honse family caught and released this GORGEOUS 50-inch red, while fishing near Gwynn’s Island. Congrats, happy family!

Happy Fourth, anglers! We’re sure you’ll be celebrating on the water this holiday- and the birth of our nation isn’t the only thing to light off fireworks for. The cobia bite right now is absolutely killer. Around the CBBT and Cape Charles, FishTalk readers have been slamming them sight fishing. With cobia lolling on the surface, tossing live eels at them is providing excellent results. Ocean’s East reports that some very nice cobia are still coming in, with multiple reports of fish in the 40 to 50 pound range. Those fish were often caught alongside others, and with plenty of cobia to go around, waiting for the big one before boxing number three can be a good move. Although this week’s reports weren’t quite as spectacular as last week’s and some of the fish seem to have shifted slightly north, plenty are still being caught with a dozen or so shots at spotted fish when conditions cooperate. Additionally, we had some readers report reeling them in on trolled surgical tubes and out of chum slicks. However, we also heard from a reader who gave chumming a try this week and said that sharks were a constant hassle while employing this technique within sight of the CBBT, to the point that it was impossible to catch the target species. Also from the CBBT: while we only had one reader check in with a flounder report, the pic he sent was of a true doormat - there are some big ones down there, for sure.

Although we heard less from the drum-hunters in this ares the past week, there were a couple reports of utter monsters being caught (see above!) including the first we've heard of thus far jigged up with a spoon on light tackle, under birds. The runner-up for cool-fish-we-want-to-catch this week is Spanish mackerel. They’ve finally made their way into the Bay, in a big way. Trollers hitting the channel edges are reporting catching multiples while pulling Drones, Clarks, and other metal spoons at a fast pace. Adding to the excitement, multiple blues are also coming in. Ocean’s East reported that the number of Spanish Mackerel and blues jacked up quite a bit this week. They mentioned that spadefish can also be found now occupying their usual haunts, and that they continue to hear from anglers who caught speckled trout in shallow grass beds and off points. Sparkly four-inch paddle tails in white, pearl, chartreuse, and pink are the go-to for many anglers.

Crabbing Report: Get out and crab. Don’t even think about the seafood store. If you’ve got fresh chicken necks, hit the water and get that bushel. (The crabbing is really good, though there are lots of females in the mix).

June 5, 2020
Way South Chesapeake Fishing Report, June 25 Update: Anglers near the mouth of the Bay are all smiles right now with the cobia bite on fire and plenty of other species ready to eat, too. Ocean’s East let us know that this week has been the best for… Read more...
April 30, 2020
Way South Chesapeake Fishing Report, May 29 Update: Virginia waters at the mouth of the Bay are providing some of the most diverse and action-packed fishing across the Chesapeake right now. We were SO excited when we had a reader report this week… Read more...
April 3, 2020
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, April 24 Update: With travel and access restrictions still limiting fishing opportunities in some areas, we note that if you’re headed out to fish all the regular regs for the season are still in place and… Read more...