The presence of schools of six to ten-inch mackerel around the west entrance has resulted in some excellent fishing around the west entrance from the Stony Point Dike up to the Maritime Academy.
Umbrella rigs set up with white shads have been a hot item, with some anglers favoring the blue over white. They are dragging these around the edges of Hog Island Channel and catching good numbers of bass in the 20-pound class, with the occasional much larger fish.
Swimming and jigging soft plastic/jighead combinations has also been productive and at the turn of the tides there has been some good surface activity, especially if one coincides with early morning or dusk.
At night, plugging has produced mainly fat, healthy schoolies around the west entrance and the action has been consistent. Daiwa SP Minnows have been a popular choice for both shore and boat anglers who like to throw artificials and Paul Neri added that some folks are turning over to the new Daiwa Bullet with good results.
Sea bass fishing remains good, with the presence of a few male fish with their characteristic change in appearance and coloration a sign that the spawn is still going on, but the reality is that it will be ending soon and you will have to cull through more small fish to get your legal limit.