August 19, 2014: Fishing Report
The fishing season is changing around Chincoteague, but not to worry anglers are still having lots of fun catching fish in the area. We are leaving our summer fishing and getting ready for fall. So, what does this mean for anglers wanting to catch fish now??
Crabbing: There are several families and friends coming in to Captain Steve’s everyday getting bait for the traps, hand lines, and pots. We recommend using chicken necks for the hand lines and bunker for the traps and pots. Stop by and let us set you up with buckets, coolers, ice, crabbing handlines, rope, crab pots (medium and large), gauges, and seasoning. Blue Crabs are common along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, from Massachusetts to Texas. Their Latin name, Callinectes sapidus, means “savory, beautiful swimmer.” The males have large, bright blue claws and legs and are called a “Jimmy” crab. The females have red tips on its claws, smaller than a male, and called a “Sook,” “Jenny,” or a “She Crab.” They are generally steamed (we recommend steaming with vinegar and beer), seasoned, and served with warm butter.
Bay, Channels, and Creeks: Everyone is still having plenty of fun catching croakers around the area. For the bigger fish we recommend finding a deep hole to drift across with a East Coast Surf Rig baited with shrimp, bloodworms, squid, finger mullet chunks, and fish bites (Squid, Clam, Shrimp, Bloodworm, and Crab). Bluefish are making an appearance and anglers are having fun catching these fast attacking fish. Captain Steve’s offers a deluxe mullet rig that is perfect for attracting bluefish to bite, and disabling them from taking off with your tails. Finger mullet, smelt, and bunker are great baits for bluefish. Flounder are still hanging out around these areas as well, and many anglers are drifting in their boats using bucktails baited with Gulp or Squid and also jigging with live minnows, smelts, and silversides. Additionally, anglers are catching Flounder from the docks right outside of their homes and hotels; the very popular Carolina rig with a minnow, silverside, or squid seems to do the trick. There are still reports of Sheepshead and Black Drum being caught around structures (bridges, piers, and old pilings) using peeler crab, clams, shrimp, and sand fleas.
Sharks and Rays: Sharks and Rays are still heavy in demand and anglers are having a blast hunting down these species of fish and catching an interesting variety. Rays are ranging from 12 inches to 60 inches and shark are ranging from 12 inches to 84 inches in length. Captain Steve’s clamps our very own custom shark rig complete with a heavy duty snap swivel, tri-swivel, and Gamakatsu hook…they are made to hook up and go! Baits of choice are mackerel, bunker, cut croakers, live croakers, finger mullets, and whole squids. Captain Steve’s also has plenty of wire leaders with some of the best brands in the market so stop on by and let us set you up for some shark fishing, they kids will love it.
Surf Fishing: Several anglers are reporting good catches of Kingfish early in the morning (we mean just before the sun is up until first light) and late in the evening. A general bottom rig with ricker hooks work great for these fish or an East Coast Surf rig. Baits of choice are bloodworm, shrimp, mullet fillets, squid, and fish bites (Bloodworms, Squid, Clam, Crab, and Shrimp). Sharks and Rays are still in demand off the shore and anglers are really enjoying the fight…it’s truly sporty to bring in one of these guys…or gals on the beach. Don’t get TOO excited…OR DO… a few drums were caught over a weeks time off the surf. We are hoping they will be here soon!! For those of you that don’t know, last year we had a great red drum season off the surf. The action was incredible and most days anglers had their limits within an hour or two. Stop by Captain Steve’s and let us set you up with an East Coast Hi Low Rig (our most popular drum/striper rig) or one of our fishfinder drum rigs. Red drum dine primarily on peeler crabs, shrimp, and cut bait like fresh bunker or mullet.
Offshore: The wreck trips are still producing limited out sessions of Flounder, and nice sizes too. Black Sea Bass are being caught around the wrecks and these fish are so delicious…anglers are never sorry to bring these home. Mahi Mahi and Tuna are being caught by anglers trolling with Ballyhoo and Chunking with Butterfish and Sardines. A few reports of Makos and even a Swordfish. The word is: a decent bite on the canyon and plenty of Mahi Mahi on the 20 fathom.
Life is good here on the island…what can we say we are L-I-V-I-N! Tight Lines Everyone!
Skylar is LIVIN’ the island life…and has no problem with the weather, the fishing, or the company she keeps. Skylar is a great mate and loves help gathering info for the fishing reports; if you see here out and about say hello…and hide your bait because she might eat it. #BaitSnatcher #CarolinaGirlLivinInChincoteague
Sharon Hudson from Greencastle Pennsylvania caught a 24.5 inch flounder weighing in at 5.11 lbs. She left her boat at home and was fishing off the Birchwood Dock. #Dockfishing
Matt Kauffman fished with Captain Matt and caught some nice Kingfish (whiting).
Ryan Bagby joined Captain John with the “Huntress Charters” for a nice wreck trip and brought home some beautiful Black Sea Bass and Flounder. #Tasty #WreckFishing
Jen Light from Delaware made a trip down the shore for some fun in the sun. Using a Captain Steve’s East Coast Surf Rig baiting the hooks with Finger Mullet, Fish bites (Crab and Shrimp), Crab Claws, and Shrimp, Jen brought home some nice size Croakers. #NiceJohnDeereHat
Connie Wright fishing some of the Creeks and Channels around the island using a Carolina Rig with a Gamakatsu Baitholder hook caught a shark on Saturday. #FingerMullet
Mark, Jake, and Kevin Quinn from Nottingham Pennsylvania are back at again with another nice trip from the wrecks. These boys are on the fish! #FlounderSlayers
Rob Borowicz landed a nice Tuna, and these fish are great to eat!
Lori White with two Flounder; the big one weighed in at 4.2 pounds caught in the Chincoteague Bay. #LindaSleighsFlounderAllDayEveryDay
Dawn Hefner submitted this photo of a Hammerhead Shark caught yesterday afternoon. Most Hammerheads are Coastal and some are found in open ocean water (most are migratory); they feed on baits such as Sting Rays, Crabs, Shrimp, and Octopi. Depending on the species they range from 5 foot to 19.7 feet long.
Sarah with a little Striper caught in the Chesapeake Bay. #FishingGirlsRock
It’s almost time for Red Drum season here on Chincoteague and we are getting very excited. A few drum were caught last week and some citations were submitted from further South… so it shouldn’t be long. Stop on by the store and let us set you up with an East Coast Hi Low Rig or a Fish Finder Drum Rig.
Captain Steve’s stocks a large assortment of Spro Bucktails w/ Gamakatsu hooks as well as plenty of baitholder hooks, snell hooks, floating jigs, lead heads, football jigs, and fly teasers. Ask our staff what is right for you!