Cobia biting in local waters

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Aug 04, 2010 - 05:27 PM

The cobia bite has been really good in the Chesapeake Bay over the last week, according to Chuck Ashe with York River Feed & Fishing Supplies, Gloucester Point. He said there have been some flounder biting in and around the York River and croaker fishing has remained steady.

He reported that Henry VanGieson of Gloucester, caught a 7-pound, 4-ounce citation flounder near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Jerry Thrash of Queens Creek Outfitters at Cobbs Creek, said that flounder cooperated for a few anglers fishing in the Buoy 42 and Cell areas over the week and that small spadefish remain available at the Cell and Wolf Trap Light.

"The croaker bite is focused in the Buoy 42 area and over to buoy 40A," Thrash said. "Spot are being caught off Gwynn’s Island, Butlers Hole and the Spike."

Thrash said schools of small taylor blues are everywhere in open waters and can be trolled up at 3-5 knots. Also, he said Spanish mackerel can be caught trolling near Windmill Point bar south to Wolf Trap Light.

"Shallow water fishermen continue to catch a mixed bag of spot, croaker, sea mullet and small flounder," he added.

Thrash reported that James Riley of Gloucester caught a 56-inch red drum release citation at New Point Saturday.