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Virginia Beach Fishing

Virginia Beach Fishing

Virginia Beach is the known for having the longest pleasure beach in the world, but also for world class fishing. Each year the Chesapeake Bay brings huge schools of Atlantic Croaker to the inlet during the summer and a favorite target among many fishermen. The world record Atlantic Croaker, 8 pounds and 11 ounces, was caught in the bay in 2007, and there have many other horse sized croaker caught in the area. With great fishing in the Chesapeake Bay and easy access to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, Virginia Beach offers a variety of different species of fish year round.

Inshore fishing is also excellent during the winter for Striped Bass, or Rockfish as the locals call them. Fishing around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) is a favorite spot to soak and eel or troll a mojo for these hard fighting stripers. As it gets colder, the fish move out to the ocean and many are caught along the beaches.

More frequent in recent years, large schools of Bluefin Tuna have been found off of Cape Henry in late January or early February. With many anglers fishing for rockfish with smaller gear, several have complained about being spooled by these larger fish. Other inshore and nearshore species that can be found in these waters include Bluefish, Flounder, King Mackerel, Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Trout, and Tautog.

Offshore fishing Virginia Beach can produce a variety of different sharks, including the tasty Mako Shark. There are also many Blue and White Marlin that move through during the summer months, along with the Mahi-mahi (Dolphifish). Out deep in the canyons, good catches of Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna can be found. Deep dropping for Tilefish and Grouper are also a popular pastime.

Top Virginia Beach Fishing Spots

  1. Cabbage Patch Reef
    2/24/2016 4:10:49 PM - Artificial Reef that holds good Black Drum and Flounder. The Black Drum are thick here in the Spring some times.    In 2017 parts of the old Lesner bridge

  2. East Ocean View Reef
    4/15/2013 11:23:47 PM - East Ocean View Reef Depth 27 ft., Profile 3 - 7 1/2 ft.   This reef, originally referred to as the ODU Reef, was reconfigured to a square shape and is located 2500

  3. Cherrystone Reef
    4/15/2013 11:23:47 PM - Located about 2 miles NNW of Cherystone Creek, the Cherrystone Reef consist of the following: Concrete igloos, stacks of concrete pipe, concrete deck sections from the Che

  4. Back River Reef
    2/24/2016 4:10:49 PM -

  5. Poquoson Flats
    3/4/2017 6:31:38 PM - Poquoson Flats

  6. Gutterballs and Strikes
    3/4/2017 8:24:26 PM - Good ledge that holds fish.

  7. Poquoson Reef
    2/24/2016 4:10:48 PM -

  8. Point Comfort Reef
    3/4/2017 8:29:34 PM - Point Comfort Reef

  9. Timbos Spot
    3/4/2017 8:21:02 PM - Timbos Spot

    6/4/2012 8:36:28 PM - Attributes RECRD 11448 VESSLTERMS GULF HUSTLER FEATURE_TYPE Wreck - Submerged, dangerous to surface navigation LATDEC 36.857956 LONDEC -75.594969 GP_QUALITY Low DEPTH SOUNDING

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Virginia Beach Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Virginia Beach, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. White Grunt

  2. White Grunt

    There is a 39.84% catch rate for White Grunt, based on 49 White Grunt counted.

    Virginia Beach White Grunt Counts Chart


  3. Spiny Dogfish

  4. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 28.46% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 35 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Virginia Beach Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart


  5. Flounder

  6. Flounder

    There is a 7.32% catch rate for Flounder, based on 9 Flounder counted.

    Virginia Beach Flounder Counts Chart


  7. Blue Runner

  8. Blue Runner

    There is a 5.69% catch rate for Blue Runner, based on 7 Blue Runner counted.

    Virginia Beach Blue Runner Counts Chart


  9. Silver Hake

  10. Silver Hake

    There is a 5.69% catch rate for Silver Hake, based on 7 Silver Hake counted.

    Virginia Beach Silver Hake Counts Chart


  11. Whiting

  12. Whiting

    There is a 2.44% catch rate for Whiting, based on 3 Whiting counted.

    Virginia Beach Whiting Counts Chart


  13. American Shad

  14. American Shad

    There is a 1.63% catch rate for American Shad, based on 2 American Shad counted.

    Virginia Beach American Shad Counts Chart


  15. Atlantic Herring

  16. Atlantic Herring

    There is a 1.63% catch rate for Atlantic Herring, based on 2 Atlantic Herring counted.

    Virginia Beach Atlantic Herring Counts Chart


  17. Atlantic Menhaden

  18. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 1.63% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 2 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

    Virginia Beach Atlantic Menhaden Counts Chart


  19. Pinfish

  20. Pinfish

    There is a 1.63% catch rate for Pinfish, based on 2 Pinfish counted.

    Virginia Beach Pinfish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 15 species of fish and 123 fish counted for February around Virginia Beach.

To date, there are 151 species of fish and a total of 2342459 fish counted for Virginia Beach and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 9/1/1853 (170 years).

Last Update: 2/1/2023 1:41:49 AM

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.

View full Virginia Beach Fishing Forecast to see all species and best lures and colors to use.

Latest Virginia Beach Fishing Reports

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  • November 2022
    12/1/2022 2:42:46 PM - Two words can summarize November:  SEA BASS! Black sea bass continue to be the focus for our trips with some really nice specimens being brought back to the dock.  Bluefish tr

  • Great fishing continues
    11/24/2022 10:25:57 AM - The post Great fishing continues appeared first on Captain Hogg's Charter Service.

  • Good fall Red Drum fishing
    11/1/2022 5:49:01 AM - As the weather cools down the Red Drum start to school providing some great action. These fish range from 16-50[...] The post Good fall Red Drum fishing appeared first on Cap

  • October 2022
    10/31/2022 6:05:36 PM - We’re going to call October a blitz… because if flew by! The 17-hour deep drops concluded with some of the biggest blueline catches in the state along with some stellar black

  • Fall fishing continues to be good give us a call to get out
    10/23/2022 4:49:56 AM - The post Fall fishing continues to be good give us a call to get out appeared first on Captain Hogg's Charter Service.

  • September 2022
    10/1/2022 9:35:14 AM - September’s summary from our captain team?  “GREAT!” Black sea bass are still the highlight of our trips with some sizable ones being brought in that’s shaking up our leader b

  • We just had Saturday September 24 become available give us a call to get on the water
    9/21/2022 11:32:07 AM - The post We just had Saturday September 24 become available give us a call to get on the water appeared first on Captain Hogg's Charter Service.

  • We just had Saturday September 24 become available give us a call to get on the water
    9/21/2022 11:32:07 AM - The post We just had Saturday September 24 become available give us a call to get on the water appeared first on Captain Hogg's Charter Service.

  • August 2022
    9/1/2022 9:24:48 AM - August brought in fantastic inshore & offshore catches with some incredible diversity! Inshore:  croaker ribbonfish sheepshead triggerfish flounder kingfish and even cobia Off

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Top Virginia Beach Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Princess Anne Distributing Co
    Princess Anne Distributing has been selling quality fishing tackle since 1958. Offering its customers excellent products at affordable prices. The store employs a knowledgeable staff with over 80 years of experience and fishing knowledge.

  2. Long Bay Point Bait & Tackle
    A great selection of live and frozen baits for fishing the lower Chesapeake Bay and Offshore of Va Beach. We also carry an excellent selection of terminal tackle and Lures for fishing these waters. If drinks and sandwiches and a cold beer is what you

  3. Oceans East - Eastern Shore
    At Chris' Bait & Tackle we stock a variety of live, fresh and frozen bait. Offshore, Inshore, and Surf - tackle, rods & reels Mathews and Hoyt Archery products and Accessories, Blackpowder Guns and Accessories, Handgun, Shotgun an

  4. L.B. Huntington Company
    L. B. Huntington Company Inc., home of the ORIGINAL DRONE SPOON and DRONE PLANER since 1918. The DRONE spoon is the original artificial fishing lure. First marketed in 1922, this bait was designed and developed by a fisherman (especially) for fishe

  5. Bob's Fishing Hole

  6. Wallace's Bait & Tackle

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Top Virginia Beach Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Knot Tell'n Charters
    Knot Tell'n Charters Is a full service charter boat service that offers a wide array of adventures for you & your friends, family, company or corporate partners to enjoy. Everything from exciting Inshore/Offshore Fishing, Deep Dropping &

  2. Matador Sport Fishing Charters
    Matador Sportfishing Charters operates year-round from Rudee Inlet in Va Beach and Hatteras, NC. We offer inshore & offshore charters aboard the 42' Ray Davis Sportfish "MATADOR"

  3. Rudee Tours
    ake advantage of some of the best Fishing on the East Coast! With several trips running daily, Virginia's finest fleet of Head Boats is sure to have a trip to exceed your and your party's needs!

  4. AquaMan Sportfishing Charters
    Offering affordable sport fishing out of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, VA.

  5. Waverunner II Sport Fishing Charters
    Board Waverunner II for tuna, marlin, mahi mahi, wahoo, striper (rockfish), drum and all other saltwater fish the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay have to offer. Waverunner II Captain Pat Foster was at the helm when Virginia State Record Striper (ro

  6. Fin Again Sportfishing
    Fin Again is a Carolina built sport fisher that is proven to raise fish. She is eqipped with the latest electronics, safety equipment and fishing gear.

  7. Four Winds Chartering

  8. Long Time Com'n Charters
    Running charters in-shore and off-shore from Virginia Beach, specializing in shark fishing for family groups.

  9. Plum Crazy Charters
    Come join us and experience some of the Best fishing historic Chesapeake Bay has to offer, whether its entertaining clients, employees or a fun-filled day with family and friends. We pride ourselves on being a First-Class Chesapeake Bay Fishing Char

  10. Knot Wishn Custom Charters

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Top Virginia Beach Marinas

  1. Virginia Beach Fishing Center
    Full service marina that offers sportfishing, headboats, cruising, parasailing, fuel, dockage and more!

  2. Marina Shores Marina
    The Marina is located in gorgeous Virginia Beach, Virginia on Long Creek just off the Lynnhaven Inlet and optimized for transient boaters with two on-site restaurants, large saltwater pool with poolside bar, banquet facilities, book swap library, sho

  3. Fisherman's Wharf Marina
    The largest marina inside scenic Rudee Inlet. We take pride in providing excellent customer service and maintaining a top notch facility. Whether you are traveling up and down the east coast or coming to Virginia Beach for a vacation to relax; dock w

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