Coastal Fishing Reports

Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, January 14 Update:

In the “bad news” department, thanks to the weather and a severe lack of angling effort, this week’s fishing report will be just as lame as you were afraid it might be. In the “worse news” department, there’s scuttlebutt that Virginia’s February special sea bass season won’t be happening this year. There’s been no official announcement from the regulators that we can find as of yet, but it’s alleged that overages in the recreational harvest are forcing the season’s elimination. As soon as they issue an official press release or make a public announcement, we’ll be sure to pass on the news.

tug towing a barge
This 120-foot barge is on its way to becoming the Mid-Atlantic's newest fishing reef. Photo courtesy of Capt. Monty Hawkins

In the “good news” department, even as the current fishing options dwindle to our one regional winter mainstay of hunting tog on the wrecks and reefs, those wrecks and reefs continue to expand thanks to reef building efforts. On Thursday the OC Reef Foundation sunk a 120-foot barge to initiate construction of Big Dad’s Reef at the Jackspot.

Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, January 7 Update:

Welcome to 2022 anglers! As the new year dawns we have plenty of fishing opportunities despite the chill in the air, and for coastal anglers the first bite of note comes in the form of oceanic winter stripers. Lots of them, and big ones, too. We received multiple reader reports over the holiday and into the first week of the year of 40-inch-plus oceanic stripers, including many on the shoals off Ocean City within the three-mile limit. But all reports were pre-storm and since the unsettled weather we heard from a reader who couldn't locate the fish.

winter ocean striper
Boomer got into 'em!

Boats hitting the wrecks, meanwhile, are shifting gears with sea bass now closed and mostly targeting tog. Capt. Monty on the Morning Star reports that blues from two to five pounds are also on the wrecks from Maryland down through Virginia, and we heard one (unconfirmed) crazy catch type of report this week: a mako was accidentally hooked by a wreck-fishing angler when it attacked a fish on the line.

December 3, 2021
Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, December 31 Update: Welcome to the final fishing report of 2021! Here’s hoping that 2022 is a better year, both fishing-wise and otherwise. Note that as of the end of the year sea bass go out of season up and… Read more...
November 5, 2021
Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, November 26 Update: Thanks to a combination of weather growing tougher and angler activity dropping we didn't hear much from the coast this week, but Capt. Cook from First Light checked in and noted a solid bass… Read more...
October 1, 2021
Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, October 29 Update: Hi FishTalkers – due to excessive winds throughout the region much of the week, most of this week’s reports date back to Monday or last weekend. The OC Fishing Center reported that rough… Read more...