UPPER JAMES RIVER (at Scottsville): 130 miles – There’ll be plenty of smallmouth bass action this weekend. The water was fine as we wrote this report and word has it that flukes, small crankbaits and various color spinners and tubes can do a fine job on the smallies.
MARYLAND: 165 miles to Ocean City – Sue Foster of Oyster Bay Tackle in Ocean City reports that flounder fishing has been slow because of the strong wind that kept anglers indoors. Whenever the breezes subsided the fishing was fair. Some striper action was seen in the surf and, of course, a lot of skates and dogfish are hooked by surf fishermen. Tautogs are still biting in the inlet waters and for offshore fans, the first mako shark and bluefin tuna of the season was reported.
VIRGINIA: 210 miles to Virginia Beach – Dr. Julie Ball (drjball.com) says most anglers continue to hunt for large red drum (channel bass) among the breakers and turbulent shallows of the Eastern Shore’s barrier islands, especially Smith and Fisherman’s islands. Some of the red drum are caught in as little as three feet of water and it is not impossible to hook a redfish that can weigh as much as 60 pounds. The various seaside inlets also are showing a few heavy black drum that are inhaling sea clam baits. The flounder bite is hit and miss, says Ball, but enough are caught in the Eastern Shore inlets and small bays to keep the flounder hunters trying. The Ocean View Fishing Pier in Virginia Beach delivers croakers, most of them are of medium size, in the 14-inch range. Offshore boaters find blueline tilefish.
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