Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report August 1, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report

Virginia Beach & Outer Banks


Anglers working the CBBT around the tubes and pilings are reporting quality spadefish. Grab some clams at your local Tackle stop as they have been producing the most success and action.  Spadefish are available in big numbers at the CBBT and can also be targeting at the Cell. To increase the odds of success, clam chum can be used, and is quite effective.

Another species you can look to target while you’re working the CBBT are Sheepshead. For this target species, Fiddler Crabs or Blue Crabs have been giving up the most fish.

Folks fishing for Red Drum have been doing better at night, especially anglers fishing near the Shoals close to the bridge tunnel.  Some nice size Drum are being caught up and down the oceanfront, and anglers should definitely take advantage of their conventional rods if they want a good fight from the beach.

The Cobia bite has slowed up due to the rainy weather, especially with the cloud coverage it makes it hard to site cast for them. Overcast conditions may be adding to the lack of quality reports this week. Any type of wind and water turbulence will definitely infringe upon optimal site casting. The bite slowly picking back up and Cobia can be found on the buoys and cans on the chesapeake bay.

For those anglers working the Chesapeake Bay and sticking it despite the conditions, decent reports have come in of some quality catches over the last week!  It goes to show that fish are still out and are biting, it just takes some TOW… Time on the water!

The flounder are still being caught at the wrecks as anglers continue to work those areas despite conditions over the last week. The Lynnhaven Inlet is producing quality catches right now so anglers may want to turn their attention to fishing the flats.

Blue fish and Spanish Mackerel are in abundance in the chesapeake bay. Trolling with clark spoons and a killer lure to add to Spanish Mackerel trolling are bird rigs for bigger fish and better success! Hard plastic teasers can produce more fish. These resemble flying fish as they skip across the waters surface and trolled at 7MPH which is standard trolling speed for these species.

For anglers who set out for that Swordfish bite, lots of reports are coming in from the Canyon.


The inshore bite is producing a nice mixed bag of small Drum and Flounder for anglers looking to work the flats and marsh areas.

The offshore action is looking solid as the Mahi fishing has been producing large numbers over the past week with Wahoo in the mix. The Wahoo bite picked up out of Hatteras this past weekend and hopefully will continue into the next few weeks as well.  More boats are coming back to marinas flying their flags as the White Marlin fishing has been steady and consistent with quality catches with even a few Blue Marlin in the mix.

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