Dr. Julie Ball reports rockfish of more than 40 pounds have moved into the lower bay. Anglers are hooking fish while dunking live eels at various depths from the 4th island to the high rise section of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, especially at dusk and at night. A few fish are being caught by anglers drifting eels along the channel edges and shoals off the Eastern Shore. Drifting with eels is an effective technique resulting in fewer, but a larger class of fish.
Anglers are scoring striped bass in the lower bay. School-sized fish are available to casters working bridge pilings. Boaters using live bait and wire lining over the tubes of the Bay Bridge-Tunnel are finding a nicer class of fish. Anglers are cleaning up with 24to 28-inch rockfish by casting poppers at the islands of the CBB-T at daybreak. Speckled trout remain hot at Rudee Inlet, Lynnhaven River and Little Creek Inlet. Anglers are reporting scattered specks to 5 pounds. The Elizabeth River is providing catches of bigger specks, with several citation-sized fish around 24 inches hooked on Mirrolures, Bass Assassins and Storm lures. Puppy drum are providing some good action within Rudee Inlet, with some catches to 30 inches on cut bait. Fish are taking lures intended for trout within the inlets and the Elizabeth River.