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Fishing Around Chincoteague Bay

Aug 07, 2015

Chincoteague Bay Fishing

Chincoteague is a flounder hot spot, with the best months usually being from April to October. Most flounder will be catch and release, as Virginia regulations state that the minimum size limit to keep flounder is 16 inches long, with a possession limit of 4 per person.

Speckled Trout
Speckled trout are most commonly caught from spring to fall, usually weighing in around 3-4 pounds, but sometimes up to 10. There is a minimum size limit of 14 inches long and a possession limit of 5 per person.

Croaker is especially plentiful during the summer months in the surf and in the bay. Croakers are small, but tasty. In Virginia, there is no minimum size or possession limit.

Striped Bass
The largest striped bass can be found in the surf at Assateague or Ocean City, but many are caught in the Chincoteague Bay. To keep a striped bass, there is a one fish limit, with a minimum size of 28 inches long.

Offshore Fishing

White Marlin
Peak season for white marlin is July to September. The White Marlin Capital of the World, less than 50 miles away in Ocean City, MD, hosts its White Marlin Open in the beginning of August each year.

Bluefin Tuna
Bluefin tuna's peak season is from June to August, but big fish can occasionally found around the Chesapeake Light Tower in late November and December. They average 30-70 pounds, but the state record is a whopping 573 pounds caught in 2007.

Yellowfin Tuna
Yellowfin can be caught from May to October, with peak season in June through September. Like bluefin tuna, the yellowfin also averages about 30-70 pounds.

Wahoo are available from June to October, usually peaking from late summer to early fall. Wahoo can be hard to find, but once you find one you're bound to find more. They average from 20-40 pounds.

Crabbing and Clamming

Blue crabs only require a few tools: a crab line, a net, and a bucket for your catch. For bait, chicken necks are a popular choice. Steam the crabs in a large crab pot with plenty of Old Bay Seasoning. Remember to check state size limits, which differ for immature/mature and male/female crabs.

Tom's Cove is the go-to spot for clamming. All you need is a bucket and a clam rake. Look for a key-hole indentation in the sand, or just pick a spot to start digging.

Happy fishing!