Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report
Virginia Beach & Outer Banks
Virginia Beach INSHORE FISHING
Big red drum are producing a good bite at the Virginia Beach pier up to 40 inch class this time of year. That East wind has really been in our favor this week, pushing those drum right up to the pilings at the pier.
Cobia season just kicked off this last month and anglers are already getting on some really nice fish. Cobia are currently being active and moving in the Chesapeake Bay, but area also being targeted some success in the ocean. Anglers looking for the best catches are working the waters up to Blue Fish Rock, half way up the bay. The Cobia are starting to roll on each other since they are beginning to spawn this time of year. Keep at it when you’re out there on the water as they have been getting a little finicky and starting to get a little hard to catch.
Flounder fishing is starting to pick up this time of year! Oceans East weighted in an 8 pound 13 ounces Flounder this past week that was caught at the bay bridge tunnel! Keep working the structure around the CBBT and Lynnhaven areas and you’ll be sure to hook up on a keeper.
Spade fish have moved in closer to the shore and are being caught right up on the bay bridge tunnel and light tower, and the wrecks are still going strong. The pilings and tubes of the CBBT have given up some quality fish for those looking to target these tropical looking fish.
Spanish mackerel are heating up in the bay! They are running pretty strong off the ocean front and into the bay for those looking to target them. Small Drum and Flounder are being caught inside both Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets this time of year. The Flounder bite coming out of the Lynnhaven is proving to be solid and giving up some quality fish.
If you’re looking to get on Blueline and Golden Tilefish, deep drop fishing is successful at the Norfolk Canyon, about 70 miles offshore of Virginia Beach. A scattered Yellowfin Tuna bite is happening right now between Norfolk and Washington canyon for those looking for a good hookup.
OUTER BANKS FISHING REPORT
Scattered Spanish Mackerel are in the mix off the NC shoreline. Spanish Mackerel are pushing up into the Virginia Beach waters, so for those looking for some good action, this is where you want to target these fun fighting fish! You can also expect some hookups to Bluefish and Cobia off the NC shore. For anglers looking for that Puppy Drum bite, behind Oregon Inlet seems to be giving up some good catches.
Out of Oregon Inlet you can find great Yellowfin fishing this time of year, up to the 100 pound class range, with several big eye tuna mixed in. Some scattered Wahoo and Dolphin are coming out of Oregon Inlet as Captains return with full boxes to the marina. Hatteras has been giving up mostly Dolphin this last week with a few scattered Marlin in the mix.