Virginia Saltwater Fishing Report

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As the winds calm down over the weekend, anglers in Virginia are gearing up for what seems to be an exciting fishing window. The Tautog, known for their strong fight and delicious taste, are biting well around the islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT). Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle is well-stocked with Blue Crabs, a favorite bait for these rock dwellers.

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The speckled trout, a prized catch for their beautiful markings and fighting spirit, have made an appearance in various inlets, including Rudee Inlet, Little Creek Inlet near Pretty Lake, and the shallows inside Lynnhaven Inlet. These areas are hotspots for anglers looking to catch theses speckled beauties.

Not to be outdone, Puppy Drum are making their presence known in Lynnhaven Inlet, particularly around docks where they can be found looking for prey. Their smaller size compared to the mature Red Drum makes them fun on light tackle.


Rudee Inlet is also seeing action with medium-sized Bluefish and an occasional, impressive-sized Striped Bass. The water temperature in the inlet was 53 degrees Sunday moring according to Knot Wish’n Charters, which seems to be to the liking of these fish. As it moves closer to 60, action should pick up.

Night fishing is proving to be fruitful for those targeting Stripers in the rivers, with the best success reported near lights that attract baitfish and, consequently, the predatory Stripers.

Flounder enthusiasts have reason to celebrate as these flatfish begin to show up inshore. The Eastern Shore of Virginia is currently the hotspot for early-season Flounder fishing. Anglers should note the new regulations for 2024, with a mid-season change in minimum size requirements to ensure sustainable fishing practices.  This gives Virginia anglers a unique opportunity to enjoy the pursuit of these fish while adhering to conservation measures. Virginia’s regulations are far more lenient compared to neighboring North Carolina, where recreational flounder fishing has faced significant restrictions. Last year NC had a two-week season, with a one fish per day limit. And it could be stricter this year.

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Over the past few days, the sounds have been particularly generous, offering up a healthy number of Trout. Anglers also reported successful catching, ocean side on the Avalon Pier.

Surf fishing has been fruitful, with Stripers being landed up north. Moving down south, from Frisco onward, Puppy Drum are making a splash. The southern beaches have plenty of Blow Toads and Sea Mullet.

The weather hasn’t been cooperating with the offshore guys. But better conditions are in the forecast.

Tight-Lines to all!!


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