Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report August 24, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report

Virginia Beach, Outer Banks & Eastern North Carolina


Puppy Drum are being caught in Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlet for anglers looking to target them. The Flounder bite is slow but keep working structure and you’ll be sure to hook-up to one if you stay persistent.

The Cobia are funneling out of the Chesapeake Bay and are being found on all the buoys from the Light Tower to Cape Henry.  Anglers are also having success catching them at Sandbridge.  These big boys are pouring out of the bay and are hungry.  Fish in the 70 pound class range have been caught over the last week!

King Mackerel have started to bite and it’s some of the best action we’ve seen this early on in the season. Using live Menhaden has been producing the most success. For those using fresh bait, kites and slow trolling have been giving up the most fish. Quite a few Kings were caught in the 40 pound range just a mile or two off the beach.

Offshore billfish action is heating up and looking promising for this tournament season.  Reports of Dolphin are coming in and located around inshore seamounts.  Some Wahoo are available with a few Tuna being caught.


North Carolina is going off right now with quality catches of Bull Drum. These Drum are being caught site casting with Bucktail Jigs. This past Tuesday, Captain Aaron Beatson put his anglers on two 50 pound Drum and seven Cobia over 30 pounds! The most success was produced using live bait and also throwing Bucktails.

Site casting was what Captain Aaron focused on all week with his anglers and it was success after success.  Spanish Mackerels were also producing quality action while trolling with a # 2 Planer and Clark Spoons.

Casting Sting Silver’s for Blue Fish was a blast while anglers hooked up to quality fish. This lure produces a lot of action and is sure to put you on some good size Blues.

Captain Aaron’s best advice this week is to “Fish hard, it’s the only way you can get it done!”

If you’re looking for some serious action during trophy Bull Drum season or to get on a nice size Cobia, straight out of Oregon Inlet is where the action is happening! Check out http://www.cobiakiller.com/ for some North Carolina fishing!

The offshore boats have reported a decent amount of action with Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, and some Wahoo in the mix.  For anglers getting after Swordfish, specifically targeting them at night has given up some of the best fish.


Red Drum is the name of the game! Popping Corks with soft plastics will get you a fish of a lifetime.  Also, topwater plugs under the right conditions will show you an explosion like no other. If the fish aren’t showing, try suspended hard baits like a 1 oz rat-l-trap.

Flounder fishing has been producing some nice size fish over the last week in Eastern North Carolina.  Live bait is outfishing soft plastics but soft plastics are easy.  When working soft plastics, bounce it the bottom, working it to best present your lure.

The Drum aren’t the only thing going off right now…Stripers are jamming topwater! And did I mention Stripers are JAMMING topwater! It’s going off like no other and now is the time to stick a fish of a lifetime. Captain Mitchell Blake is crushing it out on the water and putting his anglers on some of the best fish they’ve seen.  If you’re looking for a good fight and want to hear your drag peel, you’ll want to check out the Eastern North Carolina fishery! http://www.easternncfishingguide.com/captain-mitchell-blake/.

-Kristi Anderson


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