Dr. Ken Neill III of the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association reports rockfish remain inside of the bay for catch-and-release. Smaller fish are at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, while larger fish are still being caught and released in the Kiptopeke area.
Anglers fishing for bluefin tuna have been catching a lot of big rockfish around the Chesapeake Light Tower.
The most recent bluefin tuna catches have happened about 5 miles off Virginia Beach. Most of the bluefin catches have been of fish in the 160-200 pound range, but some pushing 300 pounds have been weighed.
While bluefin tuna are producing most of the excitement, some of the best fishing can be found on the offshore wrecks, where big sea bass are stacked up. The Triangle Reef structures are holding plenty of keeper sea bass, but for the real jumbos, head to wrecks farther out.
Speckled trout action remains excellent in the Elizabeth River.