It’s quickly becoming striped bass season in the Chesapeake Bay as more big fish migrate to southeastern Virginia waters as things get cooler. School-sized and bigger rockfish can be found along all three bridge-tunnel spans and around just about any pier or dock that has lights. As bigger fish show, more anglers will start using life eels or chunks of menhaden to find them.
In the meantime, look for increasing numbers of tautog along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and from many inshore and near-shore wrecks and artificial reefs. Structure in deeper waters along the coast also are holding big flounder.
While most, if not all, big red drum have migrated south, scores of puppy drum can be found in Little Creek, Lynnhaven and Rudee inlets. The inlets also could be holding the last remains of spot and croaker. Small bluefish also remain.