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Pike and bass were found in streams and around cypress trees, on the plains, and on the edges of the main lake channels. When active, bass and pike would strike live minnows, spinnerbaits, swim baits, stick worms, crank baits, jerk baits, jigs, and surface baits.

Fishing with Captain Conway: Dave and Ben Lienard had 21 yellow perch, four crappies, two largemouth bass and one blue catfish.

Salt water: The speckled trout bite picks up well in many places in Chesapeake Bay. The most productive locations at present are the James River, Elizabeth River, Lynnhaven Inlet, Rudee Inlet, the Hampton / Poquoson area and areas around the Rappahannock River. Topwater baits are excellent, as are the 1 / 8-3 / 8 jigs with 4 inch swim baits.

The puppy drum bites even better in many of the same places. Corks with live bait and various lures work well for puppies and trout. The sheep’s head continues to bite live and cut crab in areas such as CBBT, MMBT, and many reefs in the lower Chesapeake Bay. People still find plenty of places from the Rappahannock River to the Virginia Beach waterfront. Bloodworms are the best, if they are found, but they are rare.

Big Red Drums are also found all over the bay. Some find them on the surface in large schools, while others find them on a hard jigging blanket. Most of the drums that are taken are above the slot (over 26 inches in total length) and cannot be kept, but they are a blast to get tangled up. Jigs work well regardless of how they are encountered.

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