The Speckled Trout acting was pretty good inside Rudee Inlet until the last winter storm we had. The bite was kind of hit and miss, with some nice keepers being caught. We did not however have to many citations registered here at the marina. Popular baits for those anglers looking to target Speckled Trout have been MorrOLures, Shrimp Gulp, or Gulp on a light jig head. The latest bite has turned to be predominately Puppy Drum being caught on cut Finger or Fillet Mullet slightly off the bottom.
We keep getting optimistic anglers checking in on the Rockfish bite. This year seems to be following the same pattern of years past, with no Rockfish being caught or even sighted in the legal waters along Virginia’s coast. We will be sure to let everyone know if this changes, but things are not looking great for a successful Virginia Coastal season this year when it comes to the elusive Rockfish.
With such slow fishing inshore, anglers only hope to bring home some meat seems to be going deep dropping out at the Norfolk Canyon when mother nature allows. Anglers can fish for Blueline and Golden Tilefish, Black Bellied Rosefish, and Grouper. Though many captains we have talked to who have recently been out are saying the Dogfish have been a problem for them when trying to get the bait to the bottom.