Coastal Fishing Reports

Coastal Fishing Report, May 13 Update:

Along the beaches, the rough conditions last week have taken a toll. The Oversand Vehicle (OSV) area on Assateague in Maryland has been temporarily shut down due to scouring and the loss of OSV boundary markers. The stormy weather last weekend followed by days of high winds did some serious damage, and according to an announcement made via the Assateague Island National Seashore Facebook page, the area will remain closed at least up to tomorrow (Saturday the 14th), and may continue for longer depending on what crews find when they can get out onto the beach and attempt repairs. As we prepared this report Coastal Correspondent John Unkart had hit the beach north of the OSV and event there found much of the beach missing. He also reported very dirty water in the surf and just one bite as of yet which produced a shark.

assateague surf after storm
Despite beach conditions aggravated by the recent storms and wind, John did reel up a shark this morning.

We’re afraid we can’t add much beyond that — thanks to all the wind and bad weather there hasn’t been much fishing taking place recently. We heard from one boatful of readers who braved Wachapreague during the winds and reported dirty water, poor conditions, and a lone keeper flounder to show for a full day’s efforts. Readers also report dirty water in OC. Remember that tog closes up on the 15th, but sea bass come back in up and down the coast.

Coastal Fishing Report, May 6 Update:

Flounder fishing is stealing the attention of many anglers fishing the coast, with a great bite going on. Throughout the back-bays flounder have been pounding minnows, squid strips, and soft plastics bounced off bottom along the drift. Sea Hawk Sports Center reports that the flounder bite has been wonderful this season, and there’s tons of action to be had. While not every flounder coming in is hefty, anglers are reeling in lots of flounder right now, and it’s shaping up to be a great summer for them!

flounder fishing on the coast
Flounder are snagging the headlines along the coast right now.

Bluefish have shown up in the surf as well as more stripers in recent days, and anglers have a good shot at getting them. We started getting reports of them in the past few weeks, and they’ve secured their place in the MD and VA surf recently (with word of just a couple so far off the DE beaches). While they aren’t in great numbers, anglers fishing with fresh cut baits are getting some hits. More often, they’re battling skates. Black drum have moved out for the most part but Dave Moore of Shark Whisperers reports a few still being caught the past few days. He also notes that the rockfish have been biting in significantly better numbers and during the lull between fronts they were on fire, with fish up to 45-inches caught in the surf.

At the wrecks tautog fishing is providing great action but the weather is preventing a lot of folks from reaching them on many days. Unfortunately, it looks like that trend will continue for the next few days as the forecast ranges from gusty to gales, and the season wraps up on May 15, so the window of opportunity is closing fast.

January 7, 2022
Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, January 28 Update: Capt. Monty on the Morning Star says the weather finally allowed for some togging this week, and his anglers were enjoying bites when the current was running but the fish ceased feeding when… Read more...
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...