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Vol 49 | Num 3 | May 15, 2024

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Virginia Report

Article by Capt. Matt Abell

The temperature roller coaster continues to provide thrills and actual chills as the Eastern Shore fishing “Springs “ into action. From the beach to the bay, the action has been as varied as the temperature. On thing is for sure, the Eastern Shore has a lot to offer in the pursuit of good times! The surf has been on fire as many sportsmen of the suds target black, and red drum, chopper blues and even a few linesiders heading up the beach. The fish are taking modified fish finder rigs tipped with sand fleas and chunks of crab soaked in the surf waiting for the sacred strike which will send their reel screaming. Most of the black drum have been the perfect eating size. However, the reds and rock have lucked out and been returned to the angry Atlantic. The big blues have battled anglers who offered chunks of mullet as incentive to come to dinner. The VA Barrier Islands have continued to offer consistent floundering in its back bays. We have had fish that buried the scale at the six pound mark brought in this week. White Gulp shrimp has been hot as anglers target flatfish fillets on the ebb tide in fairly shallow water in the 10 foot or less range. As always the most important component to a flourishing flounder catch is clean, clear water. The old saying is if you can’t see your prop in the water you are wasting your time and need to move on to greener… I mean cleaner pastures. The Seaside inlets are also offering some drum action. Black drum have been chomping down on crab and clam baits offered on 8/0 octopus and octopus circles with fish finder rigs. Some of these bellowing behemoths have topped the 50 inch mark. A trophy like this is truly a supersized seaside surprise. The shallows and marshes of the coastal bays have started to produce some striped and speckled quarry. This past week a buddy of mine “ Crazy Larry “ and myself went out in the Chincoteague Bay casting paddletails and rap-10’s. The rock action was pretty good with fish to about 27 inches. While we didn’t see any, there had been a few specks coerced into the cooler by chunks of delicious soft crab. Either way the coastal bays offer a great opportunity for a quick trip to get your heart pumping and drag singing! The Chesapeake has also had the percussion of our beloved drum in its waters. Blacks have taken up residence in their normal haunts around the CBBT as well as some of the oyster rocks and hard bottom in the Pocomoke sound. Clam and crab have accounted for most of the bent rods. In the grassy shallows predatory reds and specs are on the hunt as sportsmen of the shallows are simultaneously hunting them. While I can’t wait for the casting bite to blow up like a spring nor’easter, anglers soaking bait have definitely accounted for most of the spotted sport. Whatever you do-make sure you get your buddy, the kids, the dog or even your wife if you have to and get out there and enjoy this wonderful place we call home! §

Coastal Fisherman Merch
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