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Jan 16 2020

East Coast Saltwater Fishing Reports updated Jan 16, 2020

Happy New Year🎉 Some monster striped bass pictures in this weeks fishing reports. Let me give you a taste of what we’re talking about…

Chesapeake Bay Maryland fishing reports big striped basss
Yea, it might be a cold winter, but fishing in the Chesapeake Bay is HOT🔥
Beautiful winter striped bass caught with a JLS Custom “Purple lady” rod fishing with Capt. Jamie of Eastern Shore Light Tackle Charters

Here’s what happening…

Lateral Line Podcast Update
Late last year I sent out a survey to see if readers would like to have these fishing reports in a podcast. I received an overwhelming “Yes”. So…

It’s happening. Right now I’m waiting on approval from Apple, once that happens, hopefully by next Thursday, we’ll be live on Apple, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify and TuneIn.

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Here’s what you can expect on a weekly basis…

  1. First and foremost we’ll be bringing you fishing reports from along the east coast, from New York to North Carolina, Maryland-Virginia Chesapeake Bay and it’s tributaries.
  2. Tips on lures and set-ups that are working
  3. New fishing products news and reviews
  4. Conservation news (looking for someone to bring us this weekly, hopefully will find someone soon)

I’ll post here and email you, if you’re on our email list, as soon as we go live.👍

On to this weeks fishing reports, hot areas are Chesapeake Bay with big striped bass.

New York Fishing Reports

Capt John McMurray from One More Cast reported that is all is quite right now in New York waters. John’s getting some rest after long solid 2019 season😁

Capt David Blinken from North Flats Guiding is off the water right now. His report: “skiing” 🏂

New Jersey Fishing Reports

Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association (BHFCA) reports all is slow right now, their gearing up for 2020.

Maryland Chesapeake Bay
Fishing Reports

Moving down the east coast to the upper Chesapeake Bay. Capt. Jamie from Eastern Shore Light Tackle Charters clients have been catching some BIG striped bass.

Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing reports January fishing light tackle
Another one of many monster striped bass caught this past week.
Moster rockfish fishing reports in Maryland Chesapeake Bay
Another nice bass

Capt Walleye Pete from Four Seasons Guide Service reports a full fish finder. Big arches= big striped bass…

Striped Bass Fishing Reports Maryland Chesapeake Bay Walleye Pete Four Seasons Guide Service
Striped bass covering up this fish finder!
Rockfishing Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports Walleye Pete Four Seasons Guide Service
Just one of many nice stripers caught with Capt. Pete this past week.

Virginia Chesapeake Bay
Fishing Reports

We’re adding in fishing report from Buzz’s Marina for 2020. They’re technically located on the tip of Maryland, but given they fish as much Virginia waters, we’re putting them here😁

Mike from Buzz’s has been tearing the striped bass up man! I’ll let the picture tell the story…

Virginia Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports Striped Bass Fishing Buzz's Marina
Can Michael find them or what? He’s having a blast catching and releasing some nice rockfish on light tackle!💥

Moving south to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and Virginia Offshore action, Dr. Ken reports:(this from last week, but still fresh)

Charles Southall sent me a message saying that he was thinking about running across the bay for some catch and release fishing for rockfish.

I met him, David Brabrand and Gabe Sava at Dare Marina in the morning. It was my first time on the new Special Kate.

It was foggy all day and it rained but it was calmer than predicted. I was surprised by the number of boats near Cape Charles for catch and release fishing. Back when rockfish were crazy good: birds raining out of the sky, catches limited only by how many you could stand to crank, we’d go over there in January and never see another boat.

Today, we had a good amount of company trying to catch some fish to release. We had two bites and held on to one. I happened to be by the rod and got to catch the first rockfish on this Special Kate. The first one was good one and hopefully, it will just be the first of many. 

Virginia Fishing Reports Tidewater Offshore Striped Bass Fishing

North Carolina Fishing Reports

Pirates Cove Fishing Marina latest report from Jan 10, 2020;

We enjoyed the warmer weather today, here at Pirate’s Cove Marina! We had one boat from our offshore fleet go out and they reported the Tuna bite was still on with catches of Yellowfin and Blackfin!!

North Caroline Fisheries reports:

North Carolina Fishing Reports
North Carolina Fishing Reports Region Map

North Carolina Northern Region Winter Overview

Offshore Fishing
Anglers can catch plenty of yellowfin tuna, as well as wahoo, in the winter when conditions permit. Atlantic bluefin tuna have made their presence known and offer a great opportunity. Offshore bottom fishing can be excellent in the winter, as well. In midrange waters, anglers target striped bass (if they migrate to North Carolina waters), and red drum fishing can be very good during warmer periods. Anglers should find a regional fishing website that reports daily catches or contact a local tackle shop for up-to-date fishing reports. Anglers may want to improve their chances of a great day of fishing by using the services of a charter boat or guide.

When weather permits, fishing will be heavy with anglers targeting striped bass. Striped bass fishing was good this fall at Mann’s Harbor and surrounding areas and in the Roanoke, Croatan and northern Pamlico sounds. Fishing was especially good near bridges or any other structure. Striped bass anglers should check out the Wanchese Harbor, as well. Striped bass fishing is managed through a quota, so anglers should also check with the Division of Marine Fisheries before heading out. Other good winter catches are spotted seatrout and red drum. Good places to fish include around the bridge at Pirates Cove, barrier islands, Roanoke Sound and Oregon Inlet’s Green Island Slough and rock jetty. Fishing is generally best from pre-dawn to mid-morning hours, then again just before dark.

Piers are currently closed. Most will re-open around Easter. Beach anglers may have a tough time fishing this time of year due to rough surf and adverse weather. But when conditions permit, some of the largest red drum are taken from the surf in the winter. Bluefish blitzes can happen this time of year, but it’s been a long time since North Carolina observed this kind of activity. There is also the possibility of some excellent speckled trout surf fishing on the beaches from Rodanthe southward.

North Carolina Central Region Winter Overview

Offshore Fishing
There will be plenty of excellent fishing opportunities onboard charter boats during the winter. The central area of the coast has become known for its Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery. Usually, cold weather has an impact on when those giants show up, but this season they are already here. How long they stay around will depend on the weather, as well. Other offshore species, such as king mackerel, yellowfin tuna and wahoo, will be available to anglers fishing the Gulf Stream. Bottom fishing for a variety of reef fishes is also excellent during the winter months. Several head boats operate throughout the year. Some of the best snapper and grouper catches occur during the winter. Extended and overnight fishing trips are offered. Also, bluefin tuna head boat trips are sometimes offered. Anglers on private boats can enjoy many of the same opportunities as those fishing on charter boats. Anglers fishing offshore will have access to excellent catches of king mackerel, snapper, grouper and other reef fish. In past years, with very cold temperatures, striped bass appeared on Cape Lookout Shoals. Anglers shouldn’t forget about the fishing on the eastern side of Cape Lookout. December should provide good false albacore fishing

Speckled trout fishing was good this fall and there were plenty of nice trout around as well. The upper creeks of the White Oak, New, Neuse, Bay, Pamlico and Pungo rivers should offer good speckled trout fishing. Creek fishing for speckled trout is a specialized skill, and anglers may want to consider using a local guide to improve fishing opportunities.

Most piers close for the winter season. Some may allow access, but catches will be limited. Shore fishing activity will be limited, as well.

North Carolina Southern Region Winter Overview

Offshore fishing can be fantastic during the winter months. Bluewater trolling for wahoo can be very good, and vertical jigging and top water fishing for blackfin tuna is outstanding when weather conditions allow. African pompano and good numbers of cobia will bite on jigs, as well. King mackerel fishing can be outstanding around Frying Pan Tower. Anglers should look for king mackerel in water temperatures around 67 degrees Fahrenheit and warmer. Bottom fishing for black sea bass, groupers and other various reef fish is good in the winter months.

As the water temperature falls, things begin to slow down a little. Most anglers target trout and drum in the winter. Most of the trout action will take place around Masonboro and Little River rock jetties. Those targeting red drum will find the bays and creeks behind Bald Head Island productive. Also, the striped bass fishery in the Cape Fear River heats up during the winter months. The most productive striped bass fishing occurs around downtown Wilmington.

Shore fishing is very limited in the winter months. Most piers close after Thanksgiving weekend and do not reopen until March. For those that do stay open, catches likely will be limited to puffers, skates and dog sharks. Fishing for puffers can be very good on piers during the winter months.

Viewers Submitted Fishing Pictures

Nothing this week…SEND ME YOUR PICS Brandon at Lateral Line Co dot com.

Fishing Report Summary

Well, that’s a wrap for this week. Not too shabby for January fishing.

Hope you have a great week and 🤞 on our podcast launch next week.

Please pass on these fishing reports to anyone else you think would enjoy them.

If you are a fishing guide and want to have your fishing reports included please send me an email and I will let you know what I need from you. Brandon at Lateral Line Co dot com.

– Brandon

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Sep 12 2019

East Coast Fishing Report Action updated Sept 12 2019

Lots of fishing reports happening up and down the east coast from Montauk striped bass and albie fishing busting loose to big redfish in the Middle Chesapeake Bay and nice Cobia still being caught in Virgina’s Chesapeake tidal waters.

Northeast Fishing Reports

Capt David Blinken from North Flats Guiding reported that Montauk is busing wide open with albie and striper fishing

David Blinken north flats guiding fishing reports Montauk fly fishing striped bass and albies
This picture sums up Montauk fishing!
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Montauk striped bass

Moving down the coast a little to the lower New York area, Capt John McMurray from One More Cast reports that the albies are getting thick and dolphin fishing has been good near offshore

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Decent size albies showing up for Capt. John
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Fun sized dolphin

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports

Moving down the east coast to the upper Chesapeake Bay. Capt. Jamie from Eastern Shore Light Tackle Charters clients have been catching some giant redfish and some really nice stripers on light tackle

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Nice sized redfish!
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Fun striped bass light tackle fishing

Capt Walleye Pete from Four Seasons Guide Service reports that not only has the red fishing been really good, but the speckled trout fishing on light tackle has also been really good.

Capt Pete Walleye Pete Four seasons guide service Chesapeake fishing report speck light tackle fishing speckled trout
Nice speckled trout.
Capt Pete Walleye Pete Four seasons guide service Chesapeake fishing report speck redfish tackle fishing Wild Bill
Wild Bill with a wildly sized redfish while fishing with Capt. Pete

Old friend Wild Bill also go out with the Kelly D out of Solomons Island and managed another nice redfish on light tackle.

Solomons Island Fishing report light tackle fishing

Moving south to the Virginia Chesapeake Bay, Dr. Ken reports that the Cobia post hurricane is happening. I’ll let the picture do the talking.

Dr Ken Neill Virginia Chesapeake fishing report cobia

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Feb 10 2011

Big Stripers in and around Maryland Chesapeake Bay

It might be cold in Maryland, but the fishing for stripers is pretty hot for light tackle and fly fishing anglers. The below was caught the other day while casting light tackle lures in one of the many warm water discharges in the Chesapeake bay. You can read a full fishing report here. Nice striper man!

Striped bass fishing report Maryland Chesapeake Bay Feb 10, 2011 in Fishing Clothing Lateral Line Blog

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Jul 24 2010

Maryland Fishing Report – Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Waters – July 24, 2010

Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report in Fishing Clothing Fishing Shirt Outdoor Clothing company Lateral Line Fishing BlogThere is not much more to say about the weather we have been having Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay the last few weeks other then, its’ stinking HOT. The water temperature at Thomas Point Lighthouse registered at 84.0 degrees as I write this, that’s some warm water folks. Despite the heat anglers have been getting out on the water and having decent catches of striped bass, croaker, some large perch, spot and in the lower Maryland Chesapeake Bay reports of some nice sized red drum caught by light tackle, bait and trolling anglers. Read the full Maryland fishing report for details.

On the fisheries front this past week we had a joint meeting of the Sport Fish Advisory Commission and Tidal Fish Advisory Commission. There were not that many hot topics brought up other then the issue of spot traps in the bay which have gained popularity over the last few years as live lining has come into vogue. Nothing was decided at the meeting, but a committee of members of both commissions will convene and develop recommendations to be made to the Department of Natural Resources. The commissions take off the month of August and reconvene in September.

Also this past week was an ASMFC hearing in Annapolis on the topic of increasing the commercial catch of striped bass along the Atlantic coast. Recreational anglers came out in full force opposing any increase in the commercial catch. Many recreational anglers as well as groups like the Maryland Saltwater Sportsman Association (MSSA), Coastal Conservation Association of MD (CCA), Maryland Charter Boat Association (MCBA) turned out and testified against the increase as well. Reasons cited were numerous and hard to ignore. The fact that its been estimated that over 75% of striped bass in the Chesapeake have mycobacterium (often called myco) which essentially has 100% mortality is a hard thing to dismiss; it essentially makes these fish walking dead, it’s not if they will die it’s when. (if you are interested in learning more check the VIMS site on myco.

Also noted was the trending decrease in the young of the year index. The increase in pollution in our coastal waters and of immediate concern of the unknown effects that the oil spill in the Gulf will have on our coastal fish populations. Poaching by all groups, both commercial and recreational not being taken into account. The wide unknown how many fish are harvested in the Virginia winter recreational fishery, estimated to be between 200,000 – 800,000 fish, basically we have no grip on the real number. The large Virginia winter commercial striped bass fishery that intercepts the large breeding striped bass on their way to the breeding grounds in the upper Chesapeake Bay.  And the effect that Shifting Baseline Syndrome
is having on all our perceptions of what a healthy population of fish is and/or should be.

Hearings will continue in other coastal states over the next few months and feedback and analysis brought before the ASMFC in the Fall/Winter meetings.

Upcoming Fishing Events, Fishing Tournaments and Other Fishing Meetings
White Marlin Open
When: August 2nd-6th, 2010
Where; Ocean City, MD
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MSSA Fall Classic
When: Nov 20- 21st , 2010
Where: Maryland Chesapeake bay
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Upper Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports
I have not heard much in the way of striped bass fishing for any keepers in and around the Susquehanna Flats and a few miles south. There are mixed results for live lining spot for striped bass in and around the Bay Bridge and Bay Bridge pilings. Spot have generally been on the smaller side and at times hard to catch. Some anglers fishing out of Sandy Point are heading to Hackets Bar outside the Severn River and catching their way though white perch to get some spot of size and then running back up to the Bay Bridge to dunk the spot on the pilings. With current you’re likely to find some keeper striped bass.

There have also been a few reports from in and around the Middle River, Knolls  (6ft Knolls) area of lots of schoolie stripers and some smaller bluefish mixed in. Check your map for the lumps and humps in the Knolls area and with current drop some jigs.

Reports of jumbo white perch are available throughout the upper bay. Grass shrimp and bloodworms remain the bait of choice. Some of the better locations are the Bay Hackets Point, Bridge pilings, Magothy River mouth, Mountain Bar off Gibson Island, Key Bridge, Pooles Island, Swan Point Bar, Belvedere Shoals, Chester River and Corsica River.

Middle Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports
Breaking striped bass has been the name of the game in the evenings in and around the mouth of Eastern Bay and over the last few days more in the Bloody Point area. Light tackle anglers have had the best luck with poppers while trolling anglers have had good luck with 15 and 17 Tony Accetta  spoons.

Charlie S from’s Maryland fishing forum filed this report from Thursday: We left Tilghman at 5:30am with intentions of drowning some spot down at the Gas Docks. Some last minute intel changed our minds and we went out into the “Hook” to look for some breakers. WE went from the So. end of Poplar all the way to Stone Rock without marking anything worth working over. Reversed course and headed north with the idea to look at E bay and see what was happening up there. Almost to 84 and there they were Continue Reading »

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Apr 03 2010

Maryland Trophy Striped Bass Season Trolling Set Ups

Chesapeake Trolling Set up for Trophy Season Striped Bass Fishing in Maryland for all those who are fishing in Maryland this SpringThe Maryland trophy striped bass season is just a few weeks away and with the advent of great weather throughout the Chesapeake anglers are uncovering their boats and have fishing on the mind. While light tackle and fly fishing can be great fun, the preferred method by many anglers is trolling. You can cover a lot of water and with the stripers moving like they are this time of year it is usually a very effective method. Some light tackle and fly anglers employ trolling until they find a school of fish, then shut down the boat and the light tackle fishing anglers start jigging and fly anglers start dredging sinking lines or casting to breaking fish. Here is a great article by one a well known captains, Capt. Mark Galasso, on the Chesapeake where he explains several trolling set ups to get you started this spring on your hunt for that monster striped bass. (Note the link will take you to another site,, for the full article with illustrations.  Click here for the trolling set ups article)

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Mar 26 2010

Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports and Ocean City Offshore and Inshore Fishing Reports Updated March 26, 2010

Maryland Light Tackle Fishing Report Chespaeake Bay in Fishing  Clothing Outdoor Clothing Flyfishing Clothing Shirt company Lateral Line  Saltwater Fishing Blog Fishing ReportsFinally, welcome to the 2010 weekly Maryland fishing reports. Spring is here in Maryland, well almost other then this little cold snap we are having. Anglers are out and about catching perch in the upper tributaries, to striped bass catch and release fishing in the main stem of the Chesapeake. If you are a white perch angler this is probably going to be the height of the run, so get your rods and get out and do some fishing. Hot areas have been the Choptank around Red Bridges working south to Greensboro, the Upper Chester River up in and around Millington and on the western shore in the upper Patuxent River. (pictured is Mark light tackle fishing with some of his custom Shore Tackle light tackle rods in the middle Chesapeake Bay this past week)

Striped bass are making their way up the Chesapeake. I was in the Virginia Beach area last week and saw diving birds and stripers breaking at the mouth. Reports from friends said the stripers have been coming in waves and reports from the commercial anglers further up the Virginia portion of the bay are reporting good catches of striped bass. Some have already arrived and you can expect more as we move into April. Maryland’s catch and keep season is closed until April, catch and release is open, please use catch and release best practices when handling and releasing striped bass.

Upcoming Fishing Events, Fishing Tournaments and Other Fishing Related Happenings

Solomons Fishing Fair
March 27 & 28, 2010
Solomons Firehouse
8 am to 3 pm
Admission $2.00
More info here:

Striper Fishing Workshop
March 27, 2010
9am-2pm Dundalk Moose Lodge
Registration Fee: $75/person
Call 410-285-7029 for info.

Ninth annual Opening Day Rockfish Catch & Release Tournament; sponsored by Boatyard Bar & Grill
April 17,2010
Online registration recommended. Visit and click on “fishing.” Or stop by Angler’s or The Boatyard.

Rod ‘n’ Reel’s 29th Annual Pro-AM
April 30-May 2
More than $6,000 in door prizes.
To register call 800-233-2080

MSSA’s “Championship on the Chesapeake
April 30-May 2
” Winning rockfish could be worth $100,000.
To register, click or call 410-255-5535
Want your event added to this listing in the fishing reports, enter it into the Tidal Fish Calendar of Events and shoot me an email at Brandon @ Tidal Fish .com with the event information once it is entered.

Maryland Fishing Reports

Upper Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports
The Susquehanna Flats catch and release striped bass season is open. Reports from that area have been spotty, with the best success coming from anglers using bait (cut herring). Please remember if you use bait you are required to use circle hooks. A few big stripers were caught yesterday (Thursday) while those doing light tackle and fly fishing said the action was generally slow. In my experience fishing the flats, where I used to spend as many as twenty five plus days a year fishing, the fishing really does not get decent until the Continue Reading »

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Sep 06 2009

Middle Cheapeake Bay Saltwater Fly Fishing Striped Bass Report – Fished on Friday September 4, 2009

saltwater_fly_fishing_bcw_2921With all the traveling I have been doing and still being boatless I have not fished the Chesapeake all too much the last two months. Don called me the other day and asked if I wanted to hit the middle bay with him and do a little saltwater fly fishing, I took him up on the his offer. We launched out of Claiborne boat ramp around 3:00pm just at the top end of the incoming tide and headed to Poplar Island area in hope of finding some fly rod action. There were birds everywhere, first few cast we picked up some punk striped bass on the east side of the island. . Ran into old friend from the CBBT, Brian, who said he had been out since morning and had a great bite fly fishing the whole time. We visited for a while and then he headed to the barn and we headed over to the west side. Messed around with ton of birds and more punk striped bass. Ran into a few more friends who were having some luck on light tackle and the fly rod. We fished this area for a while and then the tide quit, when it quit so did the fish, well at least we lost track of them. Hung out and chilled for a while and then as the tide started so did the fish. By this time there were a few more boats around and between all the running around they were doing in the shallower water it was hard to stay on top of the stripers. So we took a chance and ran south of Poplar, the gamble paid off and we found acres of birds and breaking stripers and spanish and Continue Reading »

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Aug 17 2009

Maryland Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports and Ocean City Offshore and Inshore Fishing Reports Updated August 17, 2009

spanish_steveThe Spanish are invading Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, Spanish Mackerel that is. Reports are in with excellent catches of Spanish Macs from the Maryland line all the way up to in and around the bay bridge area. Flounder pounding reports are in the from the middle and lower Chesapeake. It’s been a few years since I’ve heard such good reports coming in, but keeper flounder are back in Maryland’s Chesapeake waters. Punk (ie undersize) striped bass are all over the bay along with their friends the bluefish. The action has mainly concentrated from Sharps Island, Popular Island up to Thomas Point, mostly on the eastern side.
(pictured is Steve’s (aka michasp1) son Randy with a nice spanish mac caught in the middle bay. You can check their full report with more pictures here )

My Fishing Shop Visit
I was in Baltimore this week and stopped in to Tocherman’s Tackle located on Eastern Ave. in Baltimore. I heard about the the shop for years, it’s actually been there before I was even born. I was having lunch with a friend around the corner and decided it was time to stop in and check out the action. I had remembered that local well know fly angler Joe Bruce (formally of the Fisherman’s Edge) had told me he ties flies in the store on Fridays and sometimes on Thursdays. As soon as I walked into the shop I was overwhelmed, fishing tackle everywhere. A huge selection of lures, rods, reels, and a breath of fresh air as I kept walking and looked to my right and saw Joe tying flies surrounded by fly tying materials and tackle. I finally got to meet Tony Tocherman and his lovely wife. I hung out with Joe watching anglers steam in on a regular basis. A fly angler even came in and bought a Continue Reading »

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