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FISHING CHINCOTEAGUE & ASSATEAGUE

The waters of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands offer a large variety of fish for anglers, from the novice to the expert.

APRIL

The spring flounder run begins and is in full swing by months end. April and May are the best months to fish flounder - bring extra clothing, the weather is still nippy! Popular tackle for the coveted flatfish is a top and bottom rig with either a chartreuse or pink bucktail topping a #2 English bait hook, preferably gold. Live minnows and a strip of white squid will put a doormat in your cooler. Striped bass, or Rockfish, can also be had at the bridges or any structures where there is deep water and a rocky bottom. Cut bait works great (bunker or mullet) and a treble hook (Crippled Herring is a killer lure for rock or Calcutta Flashfoil, eels or peeler crab!) Surf anglers will be in heaven with the arrival of stripers as well as drum. Clams is the preferred bait for the drumfish palate!.

MAY

Inshore flounder action continues with the addition of snapper bluefish. As the water temperature rises, offshore action kicks off with the greatly anticipated arrival of " Mako" shark. Make sure you have your act together to land a "Mako"! The right bait and tackle are essential. Bunker or mackerel chum puts a nice oily slick in the water; many anglers prefer the oil content of bunker to mackerel. Although a live bluefish in the chum slick will quickly get the attention of a Mako, a Spanish Mackerel fillet in the slick will "Bring 'em on"! The wrecks are loading anglers with good catches of tautog.

JUNE

As the channel waters warm, flounder will have to fight for their meals picking up with "Croaker, an aggressive fish, also known as hardhead, will bite almost anything, but squid on your hook will attract them like a magnet!! Kingfish/Whiting, also known as roundhead, simply go crazy and jump on your hook if you bait up with artifical bloodworms, made by the popular manufacturer, FishBites." There is also Offshore shark action when water temps reach the 70 degree range.

JULY - AUGUST

In the channel - croaker rules. Good size, (16" - 20") hardheads are a fisherman's dream. Anglers of all ages flock to enjoy the thrill of landing two fish per cast, every cast!!! The Red drum begins and this fish just doesn't give up. Anglers were still maxing out their limits of these tasty fish (aka red fish, channel bass) well into November. Finger mullet, shrimp or clams are the baits you'll need OR use fake baits, swim tail grubs or a top water plug that you'll skim across the water will also tempt 'ole red' to take the tease.

Offshore - its hot! Hot with Tuna, Tuna, Tuna... The most popular fishing ground in the Atlantic from Delaware to Virginia Beach is directly off Chincoteague! Hot spots like the "Parking Lot" or the "Lumpy Bottom" tease anglers to drive all night to Chincoteague so they can fish all day. Early in the season, trolling is the preferred method for fishing tuna, but this quickly changes to chunking. Butterfish has been the bait, but this year, a new approach, chunking with sardines ( a flat not a can) has proven to make a 20 - 30 pound difference in the weight of the catch!!! The oil in the slick from the sardines really does attract the tuna, however, you still hook up with the butters. Try it - you won't believe it!!! Also, offshore, you'll find some nice size Dolphin and Wahoo.

Wreck fishing produces hugh flounder especially at Blackfish Banks, also known as the "subway or box cars". You can also catch nice Triggerfish, Black Sea Bass, Spadefish and Tautog at the wrecks.

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER

With the exit of croaker, flounder action steams up for the fall. Striper also make a showing as the waters cool down. Offshore, the Yellow fin tuna are keeping anglers on the move, most having to go to the "Finger", 20 Fathoms or the Canyons. But the catches are good, 8 to 24 Yellow fin, depending on the number of anglers.

NOVEMBER - JANUARY

Inshore action is keeping anglers busy with the striper run and drum. The huge black drum provide equal excitement for anglers as much as the coveted striped bass. Clams are the favorite menu for drum whereas eel, peelers, bunker or fake baits and plugs (Spro) will put that striper on your dinner plate. Offshore, if a mild fall, there will still be a spotting of yellowfin tuna but don't get your hopes up too high. The wrecks still keep anglers going for more Tautog (keep a close eye for changes in the regulations on this fish).

ADVISORY TO ALL ANGLERS

All anglers should familiarize themselves with the fishing regulations for the area they intend to fish. For your convenience, we have provided a link to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission below to assist you.

 
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