Coastal Fishing Reports

Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, June 14 Update:

The inshore and offshore fishing has been great as the official start of summer quickly approaches. Striped bass and bluefish have been providing great action from Indian River down to the OC inlet and near the Route 50 Bridge. Boats and bridge anglers alike have been catching some very nice fish including striped bass over 40 inches and bluefish over 30 inches. Many of the stripers are under the slot of 28 to 31 inches with a few fish measuring within it and just over it. The blues have been a welcome sight as they will scream drags and put smiles on faces. Casting jigs and metal lures towards bridge pilings, rock jetties, and docks has led to hook ups.

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Captain Cook of First Light Charters reports solid action on stripers and big bluefish in Delaware this week.

There were a few rare cobia catches at the OC south jetty this week and flounder are providing good action in the bay but remember that the minimum size for them is now 17.5 inches. The further south you go down the coast from Ocean City, the less boat traffic you will have to deal with. The surf bite has also been good at times and the best report of the week came from Dave Moore who caught eight red drum, three blacktip sharks, three sandbar sharks, and countless kingfish during an evening trip on the beaches of Assateague.

Our pelagic species have been offering more consistent action as we get further into the summer months. Out at the canyons, boats are trolling for tuna and picking up some of the first of the season. It has been mostly yellowfins with a couple caught per trip, but others have also made appearances too. The Boss Hog had a real cool catch this week when they caught an estimated 400-pound giant bluefin tuna. The fish was guessed to be around 85 inches and was released boatside to swim another day. Their boat also caught a bigeye tuna and some mahi this week. Boats deep dropping for tilefish are finding good success with lots of bluelines coming back to the dock.

At the inshore wrecks and reefs, sea bass fishing has been sporadic, but with enough moving around to different structure, boats are usually able to put together a good catch. Captain Cook of First Light Charters noted excellent flounder action at the Old Grounds and wrecks. The OC Fishing Center let us know that they saw sea bass up to three and a half pounds and flounder up to four pounds caught by the head boats this week. The spadefish and triggerfish bite should soon pick up at the many structures off the coast at Chincoteague and Wachapreague, and the bite is already kicking off in a big way in Virginia Beach. Spadefish up to 10 pounds have already been caught at the Chesapeake Light Tower.

Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, June 7 Update:

Offshore we didn’t hear much of yellowfin tuna this week but the first white marlin of the year was caught just east of the Baltimore Canyon, and boats deep dropping for tilefish are picking up more fish. Offshore fishing action is about to really pick up. The sea bass fishing is still on the slower side, but the experienced captains are good at finding fish. Fish In OC let us know that successful reports on black sea bass came in from both Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star and Chris Mizurak of The Angler. Sea bass up to four pounds and flounder up to five pounds were caught at the offshore wrecks and reefs this week.

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Slack Tide Seth hooked into a monster weakfish this week.

In OC Route 50 Bridge has been offering steady catches of bluefish and striped bass. Anglers fishing from the bridge, from shore, and by boat are throwing Gotcha plugs and soft plastics on jigs near structure to entice bites. The jetties of the Ocean City Inlet are also proving to be a productive area with striped bass, bluefish, flounder, and sheepshead all being caught this week. A boat fishing the south jetty had two anglers double up on 32- and 34-inch rockfish on a few of their first cast then proceeded to get steady bites from bluefish. One of the more impressive reports this week was from a local fishing legend around Ocean City, Craig Cropper, who caught a monster 55-inch rockfish just outside the inlet. That truly is a fish of a lifetime. Another noteworthy catch comes from the bay behind OC where Seth of Slack Tide Kayak Fishing tied into a 30” weakfish(!) while kayak fishing at night.

The exciting surf fishing bite that we enjoyed throughout most of the spring is changing, but there are still plenty of fish to catch. Anglers casting their baits out into the suds are still getting a mix of black drum, bluefish, red drum, flounder, sharks, skate, kingfish, and the occasional striped bass. Dave Moore of Shark Whisperers reports that sharks are now thick and he’s seeing sand tigers, sandbars, blacktips, and spinners, and heard a woman caught a seven-foot tiger this week on Assateague. He also said kingfish are thick and some spot and small weakfish are in the mix. One angler reported catching a 22-inch bluefish while fishing with a whole mullet on a fish finder rig. Another group fishing on the Maryland side of the OSV caught seven flounder (two keepers), four big stingrays, and a hickory shad during a day trip earlier in the week. The bite varies from day to day depending on surf conditions, but even if you come across a slow bite, the beautiful scenery and salty ocean breezes are sure to beat a day at work.

November 3, 2023
Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report, November 24 Update: One thing we can be thankful for is the number of great fishing opportunities we have so close to home, and while water temperatures are cooling off, there were still some hot fishing days… Read more...
October 5, 2023
Coastal Fishing Report, October 27 Update: Summer temperatures are making a return to end this week and I don’t think any of us are complaining about it. The forecast looks very favorable for anglers this weekend with near record high temperatures… Read more...
September 1, 2023
Coastal Mid-Atlantic Fishing Report September 29 Update: The arrival of Fall has not brought the good fishing weather anglers were hoping for. It’s been tough to get through the inlet lately, which means oceanic intel is in short supply. We likely… Read more...