Virginia Beach July 4th Fishing Report

Justin Wilson and crew had a nice day on tile fish!


Flounder activity is improving, some nice fish have been caught on inshore and ocean wrecks. There has also been an upswing in flounder catches at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, but the wrecks have been much more consistent. Sea bass are also on coastal wrecks.

Sheepshead and spadefish are around structures like the CBBT, the tower and buoys. Fresh clams are the key to success.

Croakers are being encountered throughout the bay.

Spanish Mackerel are along the Virginia Beach oceanfront and their numbers are on the increase inside the bay.

There is a tremendous number of small cobia in the bay with enough larger fish around to keep things very interesting. Don’t forget the Monarch Cobia Classic coming up on July 19th.

Big red drum continue to be caught on the eastern shore shoals and tarpon are now a possibly in their usual holes.

Lynnhaven and Rudee Inlets have been known to produce speckled trout at this time.

The North Carolina Outer Banks surf is producing sea mullet, pompano, and bluefish.

Offshore, the tuna bite has been a little slow at Norfolk Canyon lately, the best action has been up around the Washington Canyon. Dolphin fishing is good at the Norfolk Canyon and a number of both white and blue marlins have been caught. There’s scattered grass lines at 50 fathoms loaded with dolphin.

Oregon Inlet NC boats have been finding some yellow fin and big eye tuna but mostly dolphin these days.

Look for amberjack at the towers.

Deep dropping is excellent for tilefish and the occasional grouper.


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