Not sure where to start! Just about everything’s biting now! Inshore …. red drum, cobia, spadefish, sheepshead, flounder, bluefish and spanish mackerel. Offshore … tuna, dolphin, marlin, tilefish and seabass. It’s time to go! Book your charter ASAP!
Some of the best spanish mackerel action in years continues along the beach. Many fish are topping 3 pounds and some 4. Bluefish are mixed in with the spanish.
Spadefish are around buoys, the pylons of the CBBT and the Chesapeake Light Tower. Also hanging around the pylons are hungry sheepshead.
Big red drum are plentiful throughout the lower Bay. Anglers are having success sight casting and bottom fishing. Most catches are coming from the shoals on the north side of the bay and around the islands of the CBBT.
Cobia action remains red hot. Most anglers are fishing live bait in chum slicks. But you never know when they’ll pop up on the surface, so always have a rod ready to sight cast.
Flounder catches are picking up. Captain Craig Paige, Paige II Charters had six keeprs up to 23 inches on his last trip . Look for them along the CBBT, around inshore wrecks and artificial reefs throughout the lower bay and along the coast.
Pier and surf anglers are finding bluefish, flounder, croaker and sea mullet … small spot are starting to show up in better numbers.
Coastal wrecks are holding bluefish and triggerfish. Big AJ’s (amberjacks) should be arriving as well.
Offshore, the yellowfin tuna action is excellent … which is great news for the Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament. This week a couple of boats caught tuna limits. Dolphin fishing is also excellent, lots of large gaffers! Mixed in are some blue and white marlin, bigeye tuna and a few wahoo.
Anglers bottom bouncing the edge of the canyon continue catching blueline tilefish, golden tilefish and sea bass. Our sea bass season reopens the 22nd. The Rudee Angler will be running 17-hour deep dropping trips on June 27th, July 11th, 18th, and 25th.
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament based in Morehead City NC was held last week. Boats fishing the tournament fished between loran coordinates, North 40275 and South 39200. The northern boundary is a little southeast of Hatteras Inlet. Fourteen blues were weighed in; they ranged from 429 to 914 pounds. The winning boat was Top Dog, owned by the Dickerson family from Olney, MD. They took home $793,187.00.
Bluewater anglers fishing from OBX inlets are finding good numbers of yellowfin tuna and dolphin. Wahoo and marlin are also showing.
Inshore boats are finding hungry cobia, red drum, spanish mackerel and bluefish. Coastal wrecks are producing triggerfish, snapper and grouper.
Surf anglers are catching croaker, sea mullet, puppy drum and small flounder.
The pier rundown goes like this. Avalon, sea mullet Nags Head: sea mullet Jennette’s: sea mullet. Outer Banks: sea mullet and spot. Anglers on the Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway reported nice spot and short trout.