A nice class of spanish mackerel continues to be available along the ocean front, near the CBBT and as far north as the York Spit area. Taylor blues are mixed in with them. Charter boats are trolling small Drone or Clark spoons behind small planers. With so many large mackerel around the Virginia State record of 9 pounds, 13 ounces could be in jeopardy!
Many are returning with both spanish and spadefish limits. Look for spades around structures … like the Chesapeake Light Tower, ocean and bay buoys and the pilings of the CBBT. Spades fall to fresh clam. Float a small piece on a small hook in front of them. Once sighted many anglers like chumming the fish up behind the boat.
The Cobia bite in the bay remains strong. Most are being caught in chum slicks on live eels. Sighted on the surface cobia will hit just about anything you put in front of them. Live eels, spot, menhaden, mullet, large spoons, white buck tails, plastic eels, swimming plugs or cut bait. Keep a lookout for them around buoys and other structure, like the islands and pylons of the CBBT.
A number of anglers found large schools of red drum this week. Anglers are having success sight casting and bottom fishing.
Flounder catches are on the increase. Some of the larger fish are being caught jigging bucktails tagged with strip baits or Gulps near the CBBT.
Virginia Beach Pier and surf anglers are finding bluefish, spanish, flounder, croaker, sea mullet and small spot.
Look for seabass on offshore ocean wrecks and reefs. Tilefish are also available in the same areas. There should be plenty of amberjacks around the towers and on offshore structure. The Rudee Angler head boat has a number of 12 and 17 hour trips planned for July and August.
Offshore bluewater anglers are catching plenty of dolphin and tuna. Add to that a few big eye tuna, wahoo and swordfish. Our marlin bite is increasing. Offshore fishing is really good right now!
Surf anglers on Hatteras Island are catching a few spanish, sea mullet and pompano. Those fishing the northern beaches in Kitty Hawk and Nags Head are catching spanish, bluefish and sea mullet.
The pier rundown; Avalon: spanish and blues, Nags Head: spanish, blues and trout, Jennette’s: bluefish, pompano, triggers and spades. Outer Banks: bluefish and spanish. Anglers fishing the Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway are catching small trout, black drum and spot.
Inshore boats are catching lots of spanish and bluefish along with a few kings. On the soundside they are finding trout, sheepshead and red drum.
Offshore in the bluewater anglers are finding lots of yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, wahoo and dolphin. Each day there are a number of blue and white marlin releases.