Virginia Saltwater Fishing Forecast

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Steven and nice Bluefish at Cape Henry

Bluefish made an incredible showing in shallow water this year. Some nice sized fish were landed this week!

Spanish Mackerel can’t be far behind! Soon the tidal rips east of the CBBT will be a great place to hook up with both.

It’s time to restock your boats tackle drawer, Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle has Spanish Mackerel kits in stock waiting for you.

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Ken Neill and a nice Puppy Drum

Red and Black Drum arrived on the Bay shoals and flats a couple of weeks ago, and there’s more on the way. Schools of Drum and now Cobia are migrating along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Many of these fish will join schools already in the Chesapeake Bay. If you want a chance at encountering one of these schools and get in on some world-class fishing but don’t own a boat, no problem? One of these fantastic VBSF sponsors can help.  AquaMan Sportfishing, High Hopes Sportfishing, Knot Wish’n Charters, Paige II Charters 

Some nice, speckled trout have been caught in the Sandbridge surf and off the Virginia Beach Pier. Virginia Beach Pier anglers are also catching some Spot, Roundhead, Gray Trout, Rays, Skates and Blues.

Trout, Puppy Drum and Bluefish are available inside Rudee Inlet. They’re also in the shallow waters of the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River and Linkhorn, Broad Bay.

Flounder catches continue improving as water temps warm, especially around Wachapreague and Chincoteague on the Eastern Shore. Flounder are also showing up in our local inlets (Rudee, Lynnhaven, Little Creek) and along the CBBT.

Large Sheepshead should be arriving in the Bay.

Tautog action continues to be good, especially on ocean wrecks. Catches along the CBBT and on Bay structure are steady. There are only a few more days left in the Virginia season, it closes May 15th.

Offshore anglers will be cranking up Black Seabass, Blueline Tilefish, Golden Tilefish, Snowy Grouper, Black Belly Rose fish and Spiny Dogfish. The Seabass season reopens May 15 and runs through July 15. Blueline season is May 15 through November 15. A Rudee boat ran south and found some Tuna last week.



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The Cobia schools have made an appearance south of Hatteras, off Ocracoke! And big Red Drum schools are showing in the ocean, near inlets.

The Trout and Blues are in the surf and in the sound.

The offshore fishing remains steady with great Dolphin and Tuna catches! A few Blue Marlin have been released.


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