Virginia Saltwater Fishing Report


Frank Marble and a nice 47-inch Drum in the Sandbridge surf

One of the most rewarding experiences for anglers is to catch a Red Drum in the surf. These powerful fish put up a great fight and reward you with a memorable catch. Frank Marble and friends had an amazing time last week fishing Sandbridge, when they encountered ideal conditions and plenty of Drum. Using medium-heavy rod and reels, Drum rigs baited with cut mullet or spot, they released fish from 47 to 50 inches.

Mark “The Shark”, 47 inch release

“Hippie” Matt, 47 inch release

“Pier” Jay, 47 inch release

“Solo” Ward, 49 inch release

If you prefer fishing on Bay structures, large sheepshead are still hanging around. These fish have impressive teeth and can be very challenging to hook and land.

Tautog or Tog

Tog fishing is getting better in the Bay. As the water temperature drops, more togs will move in and provide some good fishing opportunities. The Bay water temperature is 64.8 F now.

Some anglers have also reported catching King Mackerel along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. These fish are fast and strong and can make for an exciting catch.

Stan Simmerman and Dr Ken Neill fished for speckled trout this week. The bite was slow. they manage a couple nice specks and few small ones. Stan caught a flounder. The pufferfish bite was pretty good.

Another option is to target speckled trout and puppy drum in the inlets and rivers. These fish are abundant and can be caught on fresh shrimp, soft crabs or fresh cut baits like spot or mullet.

You can also find some nice fish on coastal offshore wrecks, like the Triangle. There, you can catch sea bass, flounder, and a few trigger fish.

For those who want to venture further offshore, canyon fishing has been focused on Swordfish lately. These fish are the ultimate prize for many anglers and can weigh hundreds of pounds. A nice wahoo bite developed over the weekend. Tuna catches have been very good to our south, out of Oregon Inlet.


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