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Chincoteague Fishing

Chincoteague Fishing

Chincoteague is located in Maryland and is well known for the wild horses and good fishing. Assateague Island to the south shields Chincoteague on the eastern side from the ocean and provides an excellent estuary full of fish between the two. The first land grant on Chincoteague occurred in 1650 and spanned 1,500 acres. Settlers moved to the island in 1671 and set up farms here. Farming and fishing has been a staple of Chincoteague for centuries.

At Chincoteague, you can fish in the inshore waters or venture out into the Atlantic Ocean. Inshore fish you could catch include Croaker, Drum, Flounder, Kingfish, Striped Bass, Tautog and Trout. Mackerel and False Albacore are common on the troll off the beaches. Nearshore fishing Chincoteague, you can catch Black Seabass and Tautog on bottom. In the deep on bottom there are lots of tilefish with both Blueline and Golden tilefish being the most common. Popular catches offshore fishing includes Bluefin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and several species of billfish, including Blue Marlin, White Marlin, and Swordfish.



Chincoteague Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Chincoteague, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Weakfish

  2. Weakfish

    There is a 35.24% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 32996 Weakfish counted.

    Chincoteague Weakfish Counts Chart
    Weakfish

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  3. Anchovy

  4. Anchovy

    There is a 24.71% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 23134 Anchovy counted.

    Chincoteague Anchovy Counts Chart
    Anchovy

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  5. Scup

  6. Scup

    There is a 10.54% catch rate for Scup, based on 9872 Scup counted.

    Chincoteague Scup Counts Chart
    Scup

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  7. Spot Croaker

  8. Spot Croaker

    There is a 9.68% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 9060 Spot Croaker counted.

    Chincoteague Spot Croaker Counts Chart
    Spot

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  9. Flounder

  10. Flounder

    There is a 7.72% catch rate for Flounder, based on 7230 Flounder counted.

    Chincoteague Flounder Counts Chart
    Flounder

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  11. Blueback Herring

  12. Blueback Herring

    There is a 3.69% catch rate for Blueback Herring, based on 3452 Blueback Herring counted.

    Chincoteague Blueback Herring Counts Chart
    Blueback

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  13. Silver Hake

  14. Silver Hake

    There is a 2.52% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 2360 Silver Hake counted.

    Chincoteague Silver Hake Counts Chart
    Silver

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  15. Silver Perch

  16. Silver Perch

    There is a 1.04% catch rate for Silver Perch, based on 976 Silver Perch counted.

    Chincoteague Silver Perch Counts Chart
    Silver

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  17. Black Sea Bass

  18. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 0.92% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 862 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Chincoteague Black Sea Bass Counts Chart
    Black

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  19. Spiny Dogfish

  20. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 0.57% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 538 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Chincoteague Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart
    Spiny

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Recommendations above based on 63 species of fish and 93632 fish counted for May around Chincoteague.

To date, there are 145 species of fish and a total of 4969811 fish counted for Chincoteague and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 5/12/1911 (113 years).

Last Update: 5/20/2024 9:02:47 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Chincoteague are the following:

  1. Blackfish Bank Reef


  2. Jack Spot
    Jack Spot is a well known old school White Marlin fishing spot. Thosands of White Marlin have been caught on these grounds. Bluefin Tuna are also known to hang around h


  3. Winter Quarter Shoal


  4. African Queen Reef
    African Queen Reef


  5. Tangier Sound


  6. Artificial Reef
    Artificial Reef


  7. Late Summer Flounder and Sea bass


  8. Blackfish Bank
    Blackfish Bank


  9. Grays Cove


  10. trussum pond
    state park. no gas motors allowed.


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Latest Chincoteague Fishing Reports

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  • What A Windy Start To April
    Mr Al drifted between gusts of wind to land a nice flounder this morning. He had to fish the flood tide early this morning to miss the wind. Maybe we’ll get a weather window d


  • Thank Goodness for River Fishing
    The wind continues to keep the seaside murky and flounder action to a slow pick but the Pocomoke river is still producing several species. The perch crappie and pickerel will


  • Starting To Feel Like Spring
    As we wait for the flounder to start biting we continue to enjoy the awesome fishing the Pocomoke has to offer. The crappie are starting to get even more aggressive while the


  • It’s Official
    It’s officially started. Our buddy Kyle from Coastal Killers boated this flounder this am at folly’s. 53.4 degree water bottom of the outgoing  


  • Springs A Coming!!!!!
    The Pocomoke is on fire. The water is in the mid to upper 40’s and the crappies are biting. Sunday the kids and I had a great time and a nice mess of fish. The big difference


  • FIGHT THE FEBRUARY BLUES WITH A BUNCH OF YELLOWS
    On Sunday afternoon E Sam Belle and myself went down the river for some perch action before the rain set in. We were very pleased with good numbers of nice yellows with a few


  • Get Ready For Some CRAPPIE Weather!
    This week we tried our luck on the upper Pocomoke for yellows and crappies. We found a good many yellows and a few crappies suspended on channel edges.  We slow trolled with s


  • A Warm Start to December
    This week we started off with some unsettled weather but when it broke the fishing was great. There has been some eeling from the cell to the banana hole for some trophy fish.


  • December Stripes
    This week has provided good reports in the Chesapeake Atlantic as well as the Pocomoke. The bay has three productive groups of fish. The mouth of the Pocomoke sound- south to


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Top Chincoteague Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Captain Steve's Bait and Tackle
    Captain Steve's Bait and Tackle is your source for Chincoteague Island fishing tackle, bait and equipment. We specialize in surf, bay fishing (esp. flounder) , and offshore fishing and we carry a wide selection ofrods, reels, lures and tacklefor

  2. Sea Hawk Sports Center
    The eastern shore's source for fishing and hunting.

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Top Chincoteague Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. White Lightning Sportfishing
    White Lightning is the largest and most comfortable charter boat operating out of Chincoteague Island. Tournament quality fishing tackle including rods, reels, lures, and all the bait required for your trip are included in the charter price. All yo

  2. Fishawn Charters


  3. Island Queen Inland Charters, LLC


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Latest Fishing Spots

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Black Seabass

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Bouy Conditions

Station 44089 - Wallops Island, VA (224)
May 26, 2024 4:26 am EDT
Location: 37.754N 75.325W
Significant Wave Height: 1.3 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 6 sec
Average Period: 5.4 sec
Mean Wave Direction: SSE (154°)
Water Temperature: 67.5°F (19.7°C)


Current Moon Phase

Waning Gibbous Moon

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