The region’s creeks, tidal rivers, inlets and sounds could be pretty crowded for the next week or so.
It’s gonna be pretty snotty in any kind of open water.
It’s a shame that most if not all boats will be staying in port, because the offshore scene off the coast of both states has been fantastic.
Blue marlin, sailfish, swordfish, dolphin, wahoo and insane numbers of white marlin – this is THE best time to be trolling the blue waters off the coast.
You’re probably not going to want to be out there for a while and hurricane season is to blame.
There currently are five systems of varying degrees churning in the Atlantic and a pair of them – with all eyes on Hurricane Sally as it approaches. the middle if the Gulf coast.
Small craft advisories are up along the Atlantic coast, with winds picking up to about 30 mph from the northeast around Friday as a strong cold front pushes in from the west. Couple that with Hurricane Paulette due east of New York City and you’ve got the makings of some serious whitewash.
In the future will come a groundswell from now Tropical Storm Teddy, which is expected to become a Cat 3 hurricane as it approaches or passes Bermuda.
Computer models vary on the path after that, but the National Hurricane Center expects it to turn to the north then northeast because of the cold front.
The good news is that fishing has been good in coastal inshore waters, with trout, puppy drum, croaker, spot and some flounder biting.
If you can work with the wind, fishing could be good.
If you don’t like crowds – and we all have seen the antics of crazed fishermen on the water – stay home and and get all your tackle in order for when this all blows over.
Or do what some of us do and hit the Suffolk lakes, or a private farm pond if you know someone who has one.
It’s also a great time of year to be targeting bass, crappie, bream and catfish.
Just what this weather does to the offshore bite is anybody’s guess, but, typically, conditions such as what’s forecast really jumpstart a migration to the south.
Hopefully it won’t have the same effect on other popular species like red drum and cobia. The problem with the latter is that Virginia’s season closes at the end of the month and nobody is going to be out sightcasting when you can’t see the fish.
Hopefully conditions won’t chase away the ribbonfish, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and kings that were being caught.
Red drum don’t mind it a little rough, so fishing for them should be good when things calm down.
Same for flounder, spot and croaker throughout the lower Chesapeake Bay.
As previously stated, the creeks along the Eastern Shore, the Elizabeth River and Poquoson Flats are holding good numbers of trout. And good news comes from a bunch of reports that the shrimp have moved in. It’s a great thing when you can use bait that you take take home to steam when you don’t use it all.
Catches for spot, croaker and maybe a few puppy drum could be good from area piers.
NORTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The good folks out of Oregon and Hatteras inlets likely will have it worse than those in Virginia, since both inlets can be hazardous on a sunny calm day – life threatening when it’s blowing a gale.
Prior to the arrival of churning seas, charters out of both inlets were catching outstanding numbers of dolphin (Mahi Mahi), wahoo, tuna, and billfish.
Some boats, like the Desperado out of Pirate’s Cove, were even scoring some Grand Slams – catching and releasing at least one of each of white marlin, sailfish and blue marlin.
Cobia and red drum also were showing in good numbers. At least drum will bite for surfcasters when seas are gnarly. But the beaches might even be a little much to deal with for a while.
Inshore waters had been producing good numbers of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, puppy drum, speckled trout and flounder. Anglers who don’t mind a little wind will find relatively calm waters along deeper marsh shoreline along the east side of the sounds, where Hatteras Island will be protective.
Action can be a little slow just after the passing of a cold front, but this time of year it will pick back up pretty quick.
Cooler nights also are getting largemouth into a good feeding mode. While spring typically is the best season for bass, fall ain’t shabby by any means.
Crappie will be starting to move into cover in waters anywhere from 5 to 15 feet.
Big bluegill and shellcracker will be found in waters 5 to 10 feet.
Find a deep hole on the calm side of a tidal creek and drop some pieces of cut shad or menhaden for blue cats.