Way South Fishing Reports

Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 15 Update:

Hampton Correspondent Chuck Harrison says he finally had a solid trip to the HRBT for specks, and he and his friend John had five chunky keeper fish up to 22 inches plus throwbacks, and also an 18-inch gray trout. He noted that his old hotspots, though disturbed by the construction currently going on there, proved productive. If you’re not familiar with fishing the HRBT for specks and want to give it a shot, be sure to check out Chuck’s article How to Hit the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel.

hrbt fishing
If you want to give the HRBT a shot while the specks are running, be sure to check out How to Hit the HRBT!

Oceans East also reported that specks are running strong in the Hampton area and around the HRBT, confirming Chuck’s report. Most anglers are opting to use four-inch plastics and Gulp!s in white, chartreuse, and root-beer colors. They’ve been a super active fishery and we’re hoping that they hang around for most or all of October, which they should.

Reds can be located sporadically, but they’re not sticking to any one area. They’ve been taking a variety of cut bait (shrimp under corks is said to be getting more and more effective) and lures and the best reports for them are coming from the inlets. Stripers are becoming relatively easy to find right now as many have recently moved down the Bay, though large numbers are undersized. Searching for them under birds along channel edges has been popular, and many anglers are reporting catching keepers in the low-20-inch range after tossing a few smaller ones over the side. Running soft plastics or metals through schools is a great way to get them to bite, and if it doesn’t pan out, jigging under them is well worth a shot as well.

Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 8 Update:

*We apologize for the light reports this week, but due to exhibiting at the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis (come see us this weekend at booth F7) and some personal matters we have not been able to gather as much intel as usual. Stay tuned for next week’s reports!

Grafton Fishing Supply in Yorktown let us know that there is a decent speckled trout bite and flounder as well as puppy drum. spot croaker making their fall run, with some decent yellow bellies being caught. The fall striped bass bite is also really heating up in the southern Chesapeake.

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Specks are still snappin' in the southern Bay.

Chuck Harrison reports that with the steady winds blowing hard out of the north, he has been forced to stay near the HRBT this past week catching Spanish mackerel on a jig. Small gray trout are still hanging around the South Island of the HRBT. He met some kayak anglers on the water who had caught several specks up to 22 inches.

Atlantic Tackle in Virginia Beach let us know speckled trout fishing the Rudee loop is hot right now. Spot, croaker, puppy drum are all good options to target in the Lynnhaven right now. If you are looking for larging fish, head to the oceanfront as big bull reds are still being caught in the surf.

Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, October 1 Update:

Hampton Correspondent Chuck Harrison reports that some specks are now moving into town, and a recent trip to the waters near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel produced one decent fish and a number of throwbacks. With a few more chilly evenings, this bite should be kicking into gear soon.

cutlass fish bonanza
Zeke and Matthew had an EPIC day on cutlass fish – and Zeke said they tasted just like flounder, maybe even better. We agree!

Redfish and specks remain the main targets in the inlets and we did hear of plenty of slot reds this week from Lynnhaven, however, the catch-of-the-week hat tips to reader Dr. Zeke, who was trying to stay out of the wind in Little Creek when he encountered a “ribbonfish invasion” and he and Matthew caught these crazy critters until they just plain got tired. He noted that they were hitting jigs and using wire leader didn’t deter them one bit. This species has begun heading south from northern points in the Bay where they were caught earlier this year, so the next week or two may offer more red-hot action on them before they disappear to deeper waters, and now should be an excellent time to get ‘em.

Other readers checking in after fishing out of Cape Charles reported a mix of species with one of the highlights being some seriously chunky bluefish. They’re being trolled up and caught by those casting lures near the islands and channel edges, sometimes mixed with mackerel and busting water, and while some schools are dinks others are producing fish in the five- to seven-pound class. They’re also making it very tough to use regular soft plastics, so many anglers are opting for Z-Mans or heavy metal.

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...