Tangier and Lower Shore Fishing Reports

Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, June 14 Update:

Fishing has been good in this region of the Bay as summer has brought seemingly endless fishing opportunities. From big fish to small fish, there are a lot of options to try your hand at. Good reports have come in from the ESVA creeks off the Bay of redfish, both slots and under-slots. One angler reported catching seven with the biggest reaching 25”. Another reported catching three plus two specks on four-inch Electric Chicken paddletails. The speckled trout bite has also been picking up on the lower Eastern Shore. Topwater lures have been effective in the early morning hours over grass beds and along shoreline points. Shallow water in the two- to seven-foot range has been a good place to search for reds, specks, and rockfish alike. Structure is important this time of year, so focus your efforts grass, rip rap, and any submerged structure you can find. Bluefish up to 30 inches have made a showing into the sounds and are offering fun action on light tackle. Deeper water wrecks and reefs will be good places to search for the blues. Make sure you have a strong enough leader that can withstand their sharp teeth. Last year we saw plenty of blues in the three-to-five-pound range and it seems those fish are returning this year with some better size to them.

black drum fishing
Black drum are in the current mix found along the Eastern Shore.

Sea Hawk Sports Center let us know that cobia are kicking off in a big way just in time for the season to start. The catch and release fishing has been very good. Anglers soaking chunks of bunker on fish finder rigs have enticed these brutes into the net. Most bites have been coming in the 15- to 25-foot range from the Pocomoke Sound down to the CBBT. Sight fishing for cobia is also a popular tactic that requires calm conditions. Cruising around channel edges and drop offs can lead to spotting them on top. Have live eels or large soft plastics ready to cast to them to entice a bite. Captain C.L. Marhsall of Tangier Sound Charters has been getting in on the early cobia action along with big red and black drum near Watts Island. Recent trips have produced a little bit of everything including the previously mentioned fish plus slot stripers, speckled trout, and good size bluefish on deeper water structure. Cobia season will begin this Saturday, June 15th for both Maryland and Virginia. Anglers will be allowed to keep one cobia per person with a minimum size of 40 inches. Boats will be limited to two cobia per vessel, and in Virginia, only one of the fish kept on a vessel may be over 50 inches in length.

Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, June 7 Update:

Spring is all but over as summer is bringing us longer days and lots of fish to catch in our beautiful home waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Sea Hawk Sports Center let us know that water temperatures in the sounds are climbing fast as summer approaches, but that the grassy shallows are holding good numbers of speckled trout and rockfish. Puppy drum have also made the occasional showing in the shallows. All species are being caught on a variety of artificial baits including jerkbaits, paddletails, and popping corks. An impressive catch we saw this week was a 28.5-inch speckled trout caught in the shallows near Watts Island. That fish can be considered a gator. Another toothy fish has made their way back to our waters as well. Bluefish have returned to the Tangier and Pocomoke with blues cruising in the shallows and hanging out around deeper structures. There was a good class of bluefish in the Bay last year with a lot of three-to-five-pound fish caught and it would be great to see those fish return because they are a blast to catch on light tackle.

angler with bluefish
The bluefish are back! The bluefish are back!

Cobia season will begin on June 15th and the fish are already moving into this zone of the Bay. Captain C.L. Marshall from Tangier Sound Charters has had multiple catch and releases on cobia this week with quite a few that would meet keeper qualifications if the season was in. Soaking chunks of peeler crab has led to quite a few bites for the man in the brown suit along with red drum up to 51 inches, and big black drum. While you can anchor up lumpy areas close to ledges for cobia, sight fishing is a popular tactic. It usually requires calm conditions, but if you have a tower, cruising around on it and keeping your eyes peeled for fish on the surface is an exciting way to fish. It often requires covering a lot of water, but the results can be well worth it. Live eels are like candy for cobia, but bucktails dressed with large soft plastics is a great artificial option to throw. The fishery in this section of the Bay is truly remarkable and it is only going to get better as summer arrives. For the upcoming cobia season, Anglers will be allowed to keep one fish per person per day and boats will be allowed to keep two fish per day if there are two or more people on the vessel. The minimum size for cobia is 40 inches and in Virginia, if there are two cobia on board, only one may be greater than 50 inches.

February 2, 2024
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, February 23 Update: Winter temperatures that we usually see in February returned to the region this week which had anglers bundling up when hitting the water. Sea Hawk Sports Center checked… Read more...
January 5, 2024
Tangier Sound, Pocomoke Sound, and Lower Eastern Shore Fishing Report, January 26 Update: Big news was announced this week for striped bass regulations. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has voted for option B2, setting Chesapeake Bay… Read more...
December 1, 2023
Tangier, Pocomoke, and Lower Shore Fishing Report, December 29 Update: It was a great “Fishmas” for many anglers this past week and we hope that you got some new fishing gear to try out in the New Year. The major buzz on the Chesapeake Bay has been… Read more...