Published on 12-02-2009 10:19 PM
Julie Ball brings us these reports:
Anglers are still awaiting the arrival of the larger class of rockfish. With water temperatures still hovering on the warm side, the influx of the 50-pounders may occur a little later this year. But the good news is that the fish that are available are biting.
Anglers are scoring with striped bass ranging from 18 to 45-inches all over the lower Bay. School-sized fish are available to casters working the pilings and structure of any of the lower Bay crossings. The tubes of all four islands of the CBBT are also giving up dozens of fish on a moving tide. Many anglers are hooking up to fifty fish in an outing. Plenty of 34-38 inchers coming down from the James River are making a good showing for casters using pearl colored Storm and Calcutta shads around the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel this week. Folks casting from the shore near the Lesner Bridge are still finding fish ranging to near 30-inches. Bubble gum colored Zooms are still the ticket for this area. Schools of fish in open water can provide good action for both casters and trollers. Some larger fish are also now coming from the schools. Beehives of birds will often provide a calling card for these feeding fish.