Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report August 16, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report

Virginia Beach, Outer Banks & Eastern North Carolina


Rudee Inlet has had some successful catches of Croaker, Spot and Flounder over the last week.  For anglers looking to get on Drum and Flounder, the Lynnhaven has been producing quality fish.  Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel are an easy fish to target this time of year right along the the coastline of Virginia Beach for inshore boaters.

Anglers are hooking up to tons of Spadefish along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel tubes and pilings. Although the catches have been numerous, their sizes are reported smaller than in past weeks. Continue to work the pilings and rocks around the islands as they are abundant in holding fish, but for those after quality size catches, they are having to work hard at locating larger fish.  The Chesapeake Light Tower structures are still holding a decent amount of Spades for all anglers getting over there to drop a line.

Flounder fishing should be focused primarily towards the ocean wrecks and other structures for more quality size fish. For those working the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, a lot of quality Sheepshead and Tautog are being reported over the last week so keep at it and you’ll be sure to hook up to some quality fish!

Anglers heading offshore are coming back to docks with reports of scattered White and Blue Marlin along with great Dolphin catches.  The docks are being lined with Mahi, making for some good dinner for a lot of anglers.  The bottom fishing out of Virginia Beach has had quality Blueline Tilefish and Golden Tilefish.


Captain Aaron Beatson had nothing but good reports for the inshore bite this last week, including a 5 pound Spanish Mackerel citation! Nags Head had some killer Puppy Drum action for his anglers using cut bait and also trolling with spoons. The Speckled Trout made a great showing on some top water and live bait. The Flounder bite was producing some quality catches as well with GULP and live bait.

A few Cobia were caught along with some big Red Drum, both live bait and gigs were producing the most activity and action.  Trolling with Clark Spoons and a #2 Planer, one of his youngest anglers hooked up to a 5 pound Spanish Mackerel!

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Hatteras has been coming in with scattered Wahoo’s and scattered Dolphin in the mix.  Out of Oregon Inlet, reports have come in of scattered White Marlin, Blue Marlin and Sails.

The guys going meat fishing have had great catches of Blackfin Tuna, scattered Dolphin, and Yellowfin Tuna!


If you guys haven’t ever heard of Fish IBX then you’re in for a real show down!! Inner Banks Charters, Captain Mitchell Blake has been putting his anglers on quality fish all Summer, and it’s just getting better.  Flounder are producing a solid bite and being caught all along the Western Pamlico Sound with a good amount of keepers. Live bait, Mullet, or Mud Minnows are the best for quick hookups, or you can tie on a Z-Man SwimmerZ and get some serious action!

Striper in Washington and New Bern have been producing anglers with serious hookups and a fun fight! The Striper bite has been strongest at first light and sunset.

Trophy Reds are being caught in the Neuse and Bay Rivers! You HAVE to check out these catches coming in from Captain Mitchell Blake, it will make anyone want to get out and fish.  Trophy class Reds coming on Blabbermouth Pop corks followed by Zman 6“ paddleZ or go with a 6“ Yeeha soft plastic.  For top water throw the Bill Lewis Stutter Step.  Live bait and cut bait are also popular options and you will still get a good fight if you desire the laid back approach of Drum fishing.  When in doubt, get some Mullet, it almost always produces!

Want some pull and you don’t care about what species?  Chum it up and catch some Rays. Rods are sure to go DOWN!  Fresh anything, put it on the bottom.

If you guys are headed out to Eastern North Carolina, or heck, even if you aren’t, Captain Mitchell Blake is your guy! http://www.easternncfishingguide.com/captain-mitchell-blake/

-Kristi Anderson