Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report May 12, 2018

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Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report

Virginia Beach & Outer Banks

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Virginia Beach INSHORE FISHING

The red drum are stealing the show and have been moving in in large numbers. Both Red and Black Drum have been making an appearance, along with those trophy bull Drum.  Target them at the mouth of the Chesapeake bay to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  They are piling into our fisheries with a hearty diet of crabs so be sure to check out your local tackle shop for fresh bait.  Grab a couple dozen blue crabs, cut them in half or into chunks, give it a good cast out, and hold on for a good fight!  Working depth changes and structure from the CBBT to the mouth of bay have been producing quality hook ups.

The 4th island and high rise are reporting Striper as trophy Striper season is in full effect.  For our surf casting anglers and/or if you don’t have access to a boat, the Eastern Shore at Assateague and Chincoteague are giving up healthy catches of Striper and Black Drum for those anglers who are willing to put in the time working the shorelines and surf.  Using a combination of crabs and clams are setting anglers up with the most success.

Flounder are finally making an appearance and have landed themselves a spot on the map in the 757.  Rudee Inlet has been red hot with Flounder and the hook ups are only getting better.  Working a Berkeley gulp with 3/8oz Jighead or just your favorite Flounder rig slow and low on the bottom should hopefully give up some quality catches in the days ahead. Look for those depth changes, breaks in current, and anywhere that looks like a good ambush spot such as docks and rocks.  The chopper Blues are still in the mix, but have been hit or miss.

Speckled Trout reports are slowly coming in but please PLEASE consider keeping those legal sizes because of the bad fish kill this past year. Check local regulations of the Specks but please just throw them back to help the health of our ecosystem.

The Puppy Drum are active and have been sighted in schools. Some days the Drum catches have been exceptional and others we have seen schools of them and not able to get a bite – the best thing to do is get out there and just fish! For Drum, work a Z-Man Paddle Tail or Berkeley Gulp.

Get ready everyone because Cobia are making their way up here as we speak and I don’t know about you but that’s one species I’m anxiously waiting on! So stay tuned for that.  We’re looking for those water temps to get to that 65-68 degree range and we will start seeing the Cobia funneling into our fisheries and hopefully into your boat! Make sure to check our site here at Catchfishreports as we will be following the Cobia migration very closely.

Whew, and we haven’t even made it to the OBX sport fishing rundown yet!

OUTER BANKS FISHING REPORT

OBX beaches are starting to see Puppy Drum catches along Nags Head and other beaches.  Speckled Trout have been reported to be more prevalent in the soundside.  The Point and Southern beaches in Hatteras continue to report excellent numbers in Bull Drum and chopper Blues and have even had few catches of Cobia off the beach.  You know it’s Spring and the fishing is turning on when Sea Mullet, Trout, Drum, and Flounder are all within casting distance!

Yesterday, Bigeye Tuna were caught out of Oregon Inlet along with catches of Yellow Fin.  Both the Point and the 6-30 brought in reports of quality fish.  Hatteras has great Black Fin Tuna fishing, catching most of them on the kite.  The Mahi bite was exceptional for anglers targeting them.  Boats are coming back with full boxes of Mahi along with Wahoo, Kings, and Tuna all in the mix.

If you have a group of friends and want to get on some epic offshore fishing, we recommend now is the time to book your charter out of Oregon Inlet!

SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA FRESH WATER REPORT

The Bluegill spawn is beginning which means freshwater lakes are heating up.  Bass are beginning to move back shallow to ambush those Bluegill beds.  This is an exciting time of year because we still have spawning Bass that people are sight casting and with the Bluegill spawn is brining some of those lunkers back shallow after their post spawn lull.

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