Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report September 26, 2018

Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report

Virginia Beach, Outer Banks & Eastern North Carolina


The fall bite is on the rise. Large catches of  Speckled Trout are starting to be more frequent, although good numbers of Trout are being reported in all inshore waterways between Rudee, Lynnhaven, and the Eastern Shore, all the way to Mobjack Bay.  As the Trout are beginning to make their presence known, it will be interesting to see what this Trout season brings in terms of numbers and size with the Trout kill we had this last Winter. On the positive side, we have been seeing reports of quality size Trout being reported already, especially up and around the Eastern Shore area and beginning to make their way down in the Rudee and Lynnhaven.

Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets have also been reporting over 20 inch size Trout so look for those numbers to increase throughout the season as those water temperatures cool down. Puppy Drum are also being reported in the inshore waterways. Puppy Drum are beginning to be more active with the cooling temperatures, look for that bite to pick up over the next two months.

Big Drum are stacking up on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, look for them from the bay bridge all the way down the beaches as they are catching them from Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Sandbridge, down to Corolla, Nags Head, and the Outerbanks beaches. The Trophy Drum bite will be active in the Virginia Beach area, look for that to peek over the next 3-4 weeks, and for those fish to really begin feeding and stacking up on those Islands. Get your chunk bait and  work a jig on the bottom for the Red Drum, as this seems to be producing quite a bit of success. Anglers are also starting to catch them off of piers as well.

Cobia are still in the bay and are beginning to make their way down as well. If you want to catch them, they are still available and now is your time for anglers looking to target them.

Sheepshead catches are still being reported at the Bay Bridge with trophy fish caught on quarter size Blue Crabs.

Spanish Mackerel are making their way running down the beaches. You will see them pushing out of the bay and heading to the lower bay. You can target them there for the next couple of weeks. They are running really thick along the beaches from Virginia Beach down to Buxton, so look for the Mackerel bite when you’re there.  If you are just on the beach and want to throw a plug, this is a great option.

Flounder are also beginning to stack up in the lower bay and inshore waterways so expect the bite to be productive over the next month, as some quality size Flounder will most likely be reported. Flounder will also be found out at the wrecks.

Black Drum have been reported right inside of the bay and we have been hearing of reports of quality fish right at the Bay bridge Tunnel.

The offshore bite has been going strong with great Marlin fishing, mostly White Marlin with a few Blue Marlin mixed in. The Dolphin fishing is really good up this way for anglers looking for a fun fight! Bottom fishing this time of year around Norfolk Canyon has been producing quality Tilefish. A few Swordfish are starting to be caught around Norfolk Canyon as well, and should increase over the next month or so.


Down in the Outerbanks, the Trophy Drum are going to be stealing the show for the next month along the beaches. Anglers are also going to be stacking up along the piers.  If you are just wanting to throw a line out on the beach that’s an option to. Look for those Drum to be productive for the next month down in the OBX. Check out Captain Beatson if you’re looking for that OBX bite! http://cobiakiller.com/

Puppy Drum also are going to be something a lot of anglers are going to be targeting as that bite will steadily be increasing.

The Trout you are starting to hear quality numbers as bigger Trout are caught and being reported from Little Bridge down to Oregon Inlet, and then down to Buxton. A lot of quality catches in and around Oregon Inlet area, look for that bite to increase.

Oregon Inlet has also had really great reports of Flounder in the inshore bodies of water in the OBX.

The offshore bite has been bringing in quality catches of Blackfin Tuna. Dolphin have been lining the docks this time of year and is filling coolers. Scattered Marlin have been reported offshore as well as scattered Wahoo out of Hatteras.


The Neuse River has rebounded pretty well from the storm and we have already heard of some anglers catching Trophy Drum on the River.

Striper are also being reported there, as well as near the Ocean by the Pamlico Sound. The Sound these next two months is going to be like an all you can eat buffet for inshore species, everything from Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Drum, Puppy Drum, Black Drum, and also Cobia, in and around these areas. Now is the time you definitely want to get out and throw a line in the water because all of your inshore species this next month is going to be some of the hottest fishing of the year! Captain Mitchell Blake has the Eastern Shore dialed in and will put you on quality fish! http://www.easternncfishingguide.com/

King Mackerel have also been reported off the beach and some off the piers, so if you really want to get on a quality King Mackerel bite, consider heading down to Morehead City, Cape Lookout area. Hopefully that area recovers well from the hurricane. The King Mackerel bite has also been picking up quite significantly, as this has been a really good year for Kings.

-Kristi Anderson

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