Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report November 13, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report

Virginia Beach, Outer Banks & Eastern North Carolina

Fall fishing is going off right now all down the East Coast. For tips, vids, and more fishing intel, check out the 1Fish2Fish YouTube Channel! The Speckled Trout Fishing Derby starts tomorrow- it’s free and we’re giving away FREE GEAR plus a fishing trip! Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss the announcement on the channel!

VIRGINIA BEACH FISHING REPORT 

Some of the smaller sized Striper are starting to push their way South in the Chesapeake Bay.  With the chill and taste of these strong North winds and chilly weather, anglers are starting to look forward to the next big species of the large Striper, the large Rockfish that should be making their way in. Look for this fishing to really pick up over this next month. Right now, we are seeing a lot of schoolie size, up toward the 30 inch class size Stripers, as they are making their way down the Bay and are becoming more active in our inshore waters.

The Puppy Drum bite has been MIA this whole Summer. It’s been very interesting to hear from a lot of expert guides along with the top locals, who are also a little baffled at how the Puppy Drum fishing inshore has been much slower since recent years. From everything that we know, Puppy Drum fishing has been an anomaly this year. Maybe with some of the cold fronts we might start to see the Puppy Drum fishing pick up in the inshore waters, but up until now it seems that it’s just been a much slower year for the Puppy Drum, slot size, inshore Drum. The Bull Redfish is a different story as it’s been a solid year for them. You will still have some catches in the bay over the next few weeks, but for the most part, the masses of the Bull Reds have made their way South. If anyone wants to catch them, you can target them at the more South beaches in the Outerbanks, down to the Point and even Cape Lookout.

Flounder are still around but will be making their way out over the next 3 weeks. We even had some reports of Sheepshead still being caught in the lower bay areas. One of the species that a ton of anglers are hyped up on this time of year are the Speckled Trout, and for good reason! The Speckled Trout fishing is going off right now. Not a lot of large Specks being reported but we are beginning to see citation size being caught. It looks like we should see a healthy rebound from the fish kill last Winter as anglers have been catching 50, 60 to 100 plus fish in one afternoon targeting them. Every inshore waterway has been producing high numbers of Speckled Trout, it’s just working through the 13-15 inch class to get to the keeper size, all the way up to the 20 inch plus class. Once you locate a school, if you’re looking to target the larger class Specks, I suggest that you cast to the sides of the school where they can be found. Or if you are working through schools of Trout, keep moving until you catch a couple larger in sizes since they tend to group together.

The Virginia Beach offshore fishing has been slower this last week with rougher waters. The Tilefish, Grouper, and Swordfish should be abundant when a weather window opens up.

OUTERBANKS FISHING REPORT 

The Puppy Drum fishing has been more stable so look for the fishing to extend and continue going strong down in the Oregon Inlet area for the next month. Flounder are still being caught, especially in the Pamlico Sound area, and definitely further South towards Buxton and those Southern areas. You’ll begin to start seeing quality Flounder being caught more down South. Anglers are seeing decent size Speckled Trout around these same areas, it’s just a matter of working through the schools to locate to keepers.  Captain Beatson said the corks and jigs have been getting it done! http://www.cobiakiller.com/

False Albacore have been reported off the beaches from Cape Lookout to the Point in Buxton, look for this species to make its way into our Virginia and North Carolina fisheries.

Bull Drum fishing is very popular this time of year off the beaches. A lot of beach anglers really like the month of November just for the variety of fish. Also with the bait and species of fish migrating, you will be seeing a decent amount of activity along the beaches.

King Mackerel is also will also be a top species targeted for the next month especially down by the point near and the Cape Lookout area anyone looking to make that drive. The King fishing has been one of the best years on record they have had. So for anyone looking to go after this species, this has been one of the best years that anglers down South and Morehead City area have had. Very large, 9 pound to double digit size being reported at the beach and nearshore waters near the Cape Lookout area.

Sheepshead are right up on the Oregon Inlet bridge and will be making their way out over the next few weeks. Right now down South and in the Outerbanks, your best bet will be your Bull Drum fishing off the beaches, Puppy Drum, and Speckled Trout in your inshore waters.

For folks looking to head offshore in the North Carolina waters, they can still find some Yellowfin and Wahoo being caught in the OBX. The King Mackerel fishing has been producing some quality fish as well for anglers targeting them.

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA

The past two weeks have shown some nice Stripers by N.C. standards.  Captain Mitchell Blake found these fish a few years ago and decided to check them out this year when the season opened.  To his surprise, 95% have been keeper class fish! If you’re interested in this fishery, check out http://www.easternncfishingguide.com/.

Trout bite in the Eastern North Carolina fisheries have been steady.  Lots of fish migrating through with keepers and short fish mixed in.  All in all it’s a great time of year to be fishing and many anglers are thankful for the outstanding fishing they have seen the past few weeks, especially following the hurricane ordeal they experienced.

The Neuse River has reported larger size Speckled Trout and the Drum fishing in the Neuse river, and in the Oriental area.  Along this same region, anglers can expect to keep fishing until December for those trophy size Flounder, so keep this in mind if the flatties are what you’re targeting.

The fall fishing is going strong for our Virginia and North Carolina waters. Anglers should take advantage this November and get out and fish! If you want to be featured on the next report, email your pictures to catchfish.usa@gmail.com.

-Kristi Anderson

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