Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report May 31, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report

Virginia Beach & Outer Banks


Rudee Inlet this time of year is just heating up! Bluefish are still in the mix and producing some good hook ups.  The Puppy Drum bite is still going strong and continuing to improve over the next few of weeks.  For those anglers looking to get on Speckled Trout, Rudee is slowly letting up some quality catches and for those wetting their line in the backs of the inlet, they have found the most successful.  The Flounder have finally moved off the wrecks with reports coming in of quality sized fish already in the inlet. 

Lynnhaven fishing is improving quickly with slow reports of Flounder just entering into the bay, some Croaker, Spot, and Roundheads have also been spotted and targeted with good success.

The Chesapeake Bay fishing is going off! With Cobia season right around the corner starting June 1st, the fish have already rounded Cape Henry and pushing into the bay in large numbers.  A lot of happy anglers this week with multiple hook ups within hours!

For those anglers looking to target the Drum, both Red and Black Drum can be found over on the Shoals.  Sheepshead, Flounder, and Spadefish are all at the 3rd Island and the reports keep coming in.  Now is the time to get out and catch some Spadefish as anglers are limiting out on quality size Spadefish over at the lighthouse.  Clams have been consistent with quality strikes and catches for these fun fighting fish!


Cobia, Puppy Drum, and over slot Drum are all being caught right off the beaches in North Carolina.  The Cobia bite is running strong already this time of year, especially out of Oregon Inlet.  Trout, Founder, and Drum are all being caught shallow with a lot of catches in Buxton all the way to Nags Head.  Get rigged up with your light action tackle for some good inshore action in NC!

Big Eye catches up to 200 pounds have been weight in this last week, along with Yellow Fin coming in right around the 100 pound mark out of Oregon Inlet.  Hatteras has been giving up really good Mahi catches, with full coolers and full docks.  Oregon Inlet has slowed up with the Mahi bite so Hatteras has been leading the way this last week with better catches.  A couple Marlin flags were flown this last week as anglers came back to Marinas.


The Spinnerbaits this time of year are on fire! Topwater action is right up there as well as both are producing and giving up quality fish. Most Bass are already off their beds and can be targeted on ledges and found in the shallows, ready to ambush those Bluegills that are on their beds. It is the Bluegill spawn right now so be sure to follow that pattern as Bass are looking to take full advantage.  Frog fishing is producing good strikes, along with the Whopper Plopper, both are like Bass candy that they can’t resist!