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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.

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. Spot Croaker

  2. Spot Croaker

    There is a 45.59% catch rate for Spot Croaker, based on 113147 Spot Croaker counted.

    Virginia Beach Spot Croaker Counts Chart


  3. Atlantic Croaker

  4. Atlantic Croaker

    There is a 22.47% catch rate for Atlantic Croaker, based on 55781 Atlantic Croaker counted.

    Virginia Beach Atlantic Croaker Counts Chart


  5. Weakfish

  6. Weakfish

    There is a 11.97% catch rate for Weakfish, based on 29719 Weakfish counted.

    Virginia Beach Weakfish Counts Chart


  7. Anchovy

  8. Anchovy

    There is a 7.98% catch rate for Anchovy, based on 19802 Anchovy counted.

    Virginia Beach Anchovy Counts Chart


  9. Black Sea Bass

  10. Black Sea Bass

    There is a 2.72% catch rate for Black Sea Bass, based on 6746 Black Sea Bass counted.

    Virginia Beach Black Sea Bass Counts Chart


  11. Atlantic Menhaden

  12. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 2.39% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 5927 Atlantic Menhaden counted.

    Virginia Beach Atlantic Menhaden Counts Chart


  13. Silver Perch

  14. Silver Perch

    There is a 1.72% catch rate for Silver Perch, based on 4276 Silver Perch counted.

    Virginia Beach Silver Perch Counts Chart


  15. Tautog

  16. Tautog

    There is a 1.01% catch rate for Tautog, based on 2501 Tautog counted.

    Virginia Beach Tautog Counts Chart


  17. Spiny Dogfish

  18. Spiny Dogfish

    There is a 0.89% catch rate for Spiny Dogfish, based on 2213 Spiny Dogfish counted.

    Virginia Beach Spiny Dogfish Counts Chart


  19. Bluefish

  20. Bluefish

    There is a 0.81% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 2004 Bluefish counted.

    Virginia Beach Bluefish Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 65 species of fish and 248195 fish counted for April around Virginia Beach.

To date, there are 165 species of fish and a total of 4438459 fish counted for Virginia Beach and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 9/1/1853 (171 years).

Last Update: 4/18/2024 5:12:53 PM

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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Top Virginia Beach Fishing Spots

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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Virginia Beach are the following:

  1. East Ocean View Reef
    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

  2. Gutterballs and Strikes
    Good ledge that holds fish.

  3. Timbos Spot
    Timbos Spot

    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

  5. Sunken Ship off Newport News, 427

  6. Chesapeake Light
    Chesapeake Light is an offshore lighthouse marking the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Once considered for decommissioning, it remains active and supports atmospheric measurem

  7. Unknown

  8. Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind
    The Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) is an offshore wind energy project located about 43 km (27 mi) off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S. The initial phase, a

  9. Capt Leroys Spot
    Capt Leroys Spot

  10. Nautilus Shoal
    Nautilus Shoal

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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. Wallace's Bait & Tackle
    We took over Wallace's Bait & Tackle in February 2017 and revamped the store and operations. We still provide bait and tackle, now with beer and snacks!!

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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. 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!

  3. 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"

  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. Four Winds Chartering

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

  8. 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

  9. Knot Wishn Custom Charters

  10. Wright Charters, Inc

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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. 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

  3. 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

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Bouy Conditions

Station 44014 - VIRGINIA BEACH 64 NM East of Virginia Beach, VA
April 20, 2024 9:50 pm EDT
Location: 36.603N 74.837W
Wind Direction: E (100°)
Wind Speed: 1.9 knots
Wind Gust: 3.9 knots
Significant Wave Height: 3.3 ft
Dominant Wave Period: 11 sec
Average Period: 7.2 sec
Mean Wave Direction: ENE (78°)
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.97 in (1014.9 mb)
Air Temperature: 51.4°F (10.8°C)

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