Chincoteague Update through May 8th

It’s been a crazy few weeks and the action has picked up our Flounder tournament was a great success.  Our Spring Surf run has begun with some nice fish being brought in.

Capt. Steve’s Spring Surf Fishing Tournament

Saturday, May 12,13, & 14 – 2017

Hosted By Capt. Steve’s Bait and Tackle

Registration Fees:

  • Men and Women: $25 (16 and over)

Fishing License Requirement:

A fishing license is required for saltwater fishing in Virginia waters.

Fishing Area:

Designated surf fishing areas in the Assateague Beach and Wallops Island

Fishing Area:    Designated surf fishing areas in the Assateague Beach, Metompkin, and Wallops Islands

Registration Information:


Fishing Time:



No more than 3 rods per angler and no more than two hooks per line. There are no restrictions on bait, sinkers or line.

Beach Rules: 

  • No fishing other than surf fishing
  • Person baiting, casting the rod, hooking the fish must land the fish.
  • All fish must be caught on hook and lure and landed on beach.
  • If gaffing is required to beach fish, assistance may be used provided the fish is fully visible from the beach
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification. Final ruling will be made by Capt. Steve’s.
  • No lines in the water before 5 am

Prizes and Scoring

Striped Bass:  Must have a Virginia Trophy Striped Bass Permit

1ST Place-  Penn Gold Reel 8500 with a Tsunami Airwave

2nd Place-   Penn Battle Reel 7500 with a Tsunami Airwave

3rd Place-  Penn Battle Combo

4th Place- Penn Fierce Combo

Black Drum: Heaviest Fish – Penn Gold Combo

Bluefish:  $100 Gift Certificate


Prizes will be awarded at 9:00pm on Saturday, May 14 at Capt. Steve’s Bait and TACKLE


April 16, 2015: Accurate accounting of Trophy Striped Bass caught during the spring season is essential to maintaining this fishery. To this end, striped bass rules adopted in December 2014 require Virginia recreational saltwater fishermen to obtain a no-cost permit to participate in the Spring Trophy Season (May 1 – May 15 coastal and May 1- June 15 Bay and tribs; minimum size limit 36 inches). The permit is only required for trophy striped bass fishermen 16 or older and not fishing on a legally licensed headboat or charter boat. The new no-cost trophy permit can be obtained at VMRC license agents or can also be obtained by the fisherman directly via a new online process: [New Online No-Cost Permit Process] [VMRC License Agent Locations]. Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay and tributaries spring slot limit season opens May 16 and runs through June 15. During this period recreational anglers can keep two striped bass between 20 and 28 inches. However, anglers possessing a Trophy Striped Bass Permit may keep one trophy-sized striped bass (36 inches or greater) as one of their two-fish possession limit. [Striper Regulation Summary Card]

Latest Report end of March

March 25th fishing update. We are coming into our Spring run and we are open every day here at Capt. Steve’s come on in and check out our newest inventory. We have the new Penn Slammer III in with unbelievable drag looks to be a great reel and has won best in show last year at ICAST. We have in live minnows big and small for those who want to go catch some early flounder or want to try your luck at something different like bass and or crappie. Flounder limits are set to 17” this year with 4 per person limit.