Way South Fishing Reports


Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 20 Update:

With the dropping water temps and often gusting winds, things have grown a bit quiet. At the CBBT the water’s bouncing between 43 and 44 degrees, so unsurprisingly, we heard zero reports from there this week (though we’d note that due to wind there have been plenty of tough days recently, which has surely hampered effort). That said, dropping crab baits on the structure there’s always the chance for a bite or two from refrigerated tautog. Same goes for fishing the inlets for specks and reds, but alas, again we were unable to find anyone with firsthand experience this week.

redfish tail
Yes, this redfish was caught this week!!! In... New Orleans. Ugh...

With the weather so abrasive and a fishing report this thin, it’s time for our yearly reminder that if you decide to head out on a boat keep in mind that wearing a life jacket and paying attention to boating safety have an increased level of importance during the winter. Additionally, always go fishing with a buddy and make sure that someone is aware of your plan for the day. In low-40-degree water temperatures, individuals who fall in generally have only 10 to 20 minutes depending on their age, gender, weight, and submersion level before losing all coordination and muscle strength. Stay safe out there — and we're hoping you'll find some fish.

Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 14 Update:

In the “bad news” department, thanks to the weather and a severe lack of angling effort, this week’s fishing report will be just as lame as you were afraid it might be. In the “worse news” department, there’s scuttlebutt that the February special sea bass season won’t be happening this year. There’s been no official announcement from the regulators that we can find as of yet, but it’s alleged that overages in the recreational harvest are forcing the season’s elimination. As soon as they issue an official press release or make a public announcement, we’ll be sure to pass on the news.

sea bass on the ocean
Catching sea bass may mean waiting for summer - we'll pass on the news as soon as an official announcement is made.

Beyond that, folks, there isn’t much to talk about; there’s always a chance of finding a chilly speck or red in the inlets or the lower Elizabeth, and heading up the rivers should produce perch and catfish for those willing to brave the elements.

Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, January 7 Update:

Welcome to 2022 anglers! As the new year comes in no doubt we will have plenty of fishing opportunities despite the chill in the air. However, between the precip and the chill there hasn’t been much fishing taking place since the holiday. Big stripers were still being caught — and released when inside the Bay demarcation line, of course — by eelers, trollers, and to a lesser degree jiggers, up until the storm. Water temps at the CBBT rose above 52-degrees last week but have reversed the trend since then and fallen right back down under the 50-degree mark, so catching tog should be difficult in the near term. Hunting for specks and/or reds in the inlets should also hold potential, though again, we can’t confirm and catches in the past few days.

record tripletail
It's official, Hayden's catch sets the bar.

Congrats go out to Hayden Head of Yorktown, who landed an eight-pound, nine-ounce tripletail while fishing near York Spit this summer. The catch was weighed and positively identified by a Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament committee member and now the state of Virginia has accepted the catch as a new official state record. Nice job, Hayden!

September 3, 2021
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, September 24 Update: No doubt this front will be shuffling the deck, but even prior to the blow Oceans East reported that the Spanish mackerel bite had tapered off a bit, and anglers trolling the channel… Read more...
August 6, 2021
Way South Chesapeake Fishing Report, August 27 Update: Fishing at the mouth of the Bay remains excellent, with Spanish mackerel holding steady and even increasing in numbers. They’ve been providing action that can be described as excellent… Read more...
July 2, 2021
Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, July 30 Update: The action at the mouth of the Bay is hopping, with plenty of options. Oceans East is noting that flounder fishing is on the upswing near the CBBT, and some very nice flatfish have been… Read more...