Way South Fishing Reports

Way South Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report, December 3 Update:

Ocean’s East is reporting that the CBBT has a striper bite going on right now, and expects it to pick up as fish from up north continue heading south. Trollers are enjoying some excellent fishing along the channel edges as they pull umbrellas and tandems, rigged to stay on bottom. Ocean’s East had quite a few good striper reports this week, mentioning that the class of fish has been good. Most of the fish being caught are late fall football-shaped fatties. Anglers that aren’t trolling have generally been opting to jig, finding large fish on bottom while cruising the channel edges. Jigging larger soft-plastics in white and chartreuse is common right now, and many anglers throwing lures are sizing up to ward off smaller fish.

rockfish in the chesapeake bay
The rockfish being caught at this time of year are rotund, regardless of their length.

Also around the CBBT, tautog, sea bass, and also a few flounder are all popping up. The tog will take blue crab chunks, and sea bass are going crazy for salted clam. Most of both species are on the small side but keepers can be found by those working at it.

In the inlets and near the HRBT zone the trout are still biting, though the peak of the fall action has passed. White soft plastics are doing the trick, fished slowly just above bottom. One reader who had five on the boat reported that the fish he found weren’t impressively long between 15 and 19 inches, but they were very fat, and heavier than normal for their length.

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...
June 4, 2021
Way South Chesapeake Fishing Report, June 24 Update: Cobia have started moving up the Bay in bigger numbers, with anglers reporting in to Ocean’s East with multiple being caught in a day of fishing, though no one spot or area stood out in the… Read more...