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  • Chesapeake Bay fishing Report - from DelmarvaNow

    CHINCOTEAGUE — This week flounder fishing remained steady on the Shore with catches at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Quinby and Queen Sound.

    Triggerfish and spadefish have dwindled in southern waters but can still be caught off Chincoteague.

    Offshore, the Norfolk Canyon is still producing numbers of bigeye tuna.

    Bayside fishing continued its successful run of puppy drum, reds, croaker and sand mullet.

    Here’s a closer look at recent fishing on the Eastern Shore.

    Lower Shore

    Bill Lewis of Chris’ Bait and Tackle in Capeville reported that action at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel has been busy with flounder catches at the high rise, Four Island and the Texaco Wreck.

    Anglers sight casting with eels at the high rise have also been snagging some cobia up to 50 pounds.

    Majority of the spadefish and triggerfish catches are starting to dwindle at the bridge, Lewis said.

    Puppy drum are taking the bite at the shoals off of Fisherman Island and Smith Island.

    Out of Oyster, there have been several good catches of croaker.

    Over on the bayside, croaker and sea mullet continued their run at Lattimer Shoals and off of Kiptopeke.

    Fishing at Kiptopeke’s pier has been good for speckled trout, puppy drum and flounder.

    Lewis said puppy drum fishing at the bayside creeks will continue to get better up until November.

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    Middle Shore

    Ron Greaser of Don’s Tackle Shop in Wachapreague reported that flounder fishing has slowed down some at Folly Creek and Wachapreague.

    Anglers have had better luck fishing out of Quinby using spinner-bladed flounder rigs tipped with Gulp and silversides.

    Inside the Machipongo Inlet, tarpon catches have increased.

    Good numbers of red drum and some speckled trout are taking the bite out of Willis Wharf. Greaser said casting with Zman plastics on jig heads will be your best bet.

    Offshore, bigeye tuna in the 200-pound range are being spotted at the Norfolk Canyon.

    Nearby deepwater wrecks are producing good numbers of sea bass.

    Bayside action has included plenty of bull redfish catches from Parkers Island down to Nassawadox Creek. The best baits for the bulls have been spot, mullet and croaker.

    Smaller reds are showing up on sand bars, hard bottom and eelgrass in the creeks and creek mouths.

    Anglers bottom fishing on the bay will continue to see spot, sand mullet, croaker and the occasional gray trout in the deeper holes inside the creeks.

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    Donna Roeske of Capt. Bob’s Marina reported that when the weather has cooperated, flounder fishing has been good at Queen Sound using squid and minnows.

    Other hot spots for the flatfish have been in front of the carnival grounds and the high school, Roeske reported.

    Croaker up the 15-inch range are being spotted in front of the American Legion Post.

    Nice sizes of red drum are taking the bite near Wallops Island and the west side of Assateague Island. Clam has been the best bait for the reds.

    Shark species like black tip and fine tooth continued their good run in Cockle Creek from Marker 11 to Marker 8 in the inlet.

    Anglers in search of shark have been chumming and free lining with mackerel.

    Offshore, Roeske said Blackfish Banks has produced plenty off flounder, spadefish and triggerfish.

    At the Marine Electric, anglers are catching decent numbers of sea bass.

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