Water temperatures are peaking in the low 80’s with lots of species available, the outstanding fishing continues along the Virginia coast .
Spanish mackerel provided great action again last week. Fantastic numbers and some nice size fish. Bluefish and ribbonfish are mixed in with them. Brian Dunn and crew had a great day catching spanish with Captain David Wright on the High Hopes and “The Hooked on Hope Virginia Beach” crew had a great day with Captain Steve Wray and Cheryl on the Ocean Pearl.
Flounder fishing is picking up steam. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, bay and coastal wrecks, artificial reefs and inside Lynnhaven Inlet are good spots. Captain Craig Paige and crew on Paige II Charters saw good action.
Anglers continue catching cobia throughout the bay and along the coast. Chumming and using live or cut bait is working well. When fish are spotted near the surface anglers are sight-casting to them.
Large red drum are around the CBBT and along the coast. Puppy drum and small stripers are feeding inside local inlets, Little Creek, Rudee and Lynnhaven. Speckled trout numbers are decent throughout the lower bay and inlets.
There’s large sheepshead to be had along the CBBT. Dr Ken Neill caught a limit on a recent trip.
Look for spadefish around the CBBT islands and navigation buoys. Triggers and spades are hanging around coastal wrecks.
Tarpon have shown up on the Eastern Shore in the barrier islands backwaters.
The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier reported roundheads, rays, spot, blues, spanish, flounder and hound fish.
Virginia bluewater action is fantastic from now until mid-September. White and blue marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish are showing in good numbers. Dolphin fishing is good. AquaMan Charters had a good day on the mahi!
Everyone is looking forward to the 19th Annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament on August 24-27 at Rudee Inlet. The Tournament was started in 2004 to raise funds for youth charity and marine conservation and to highlight the phenomenal fishing off Virginia Beach.
Be sure to book a VBSF sponsor boat and then send us your pictures for our next report!