Virginia Saltwater Fishing Report


Sea Bass Season Is Open! Nice catch!

The Black Seabass season reopened May 15th. The bite has been very good; with several boats catching limits of jumbos. The Triangle Reef and Tower Reef are popular spots. Sea bass will bite squid, crab, fresh cut fish, clam strips, shrimp or diamond jigs.

Knot Wish’n, First Cobia Release of The Season!

Red drum are in their usual spots and now Cobia are joining them. This week a couple of boats caught both. Cobia will hit just about anything you put in front of them.  Live eels, spot, menhaden, mullet, large spoons, white buck tails, plastic eels, swimming plugs or cut bait. Look for them around buoys and other structure, like the islands and pilings of the CBBT. Captain Todd, Knot Wish’n Charters released his first Cobia of the season this week.

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Nice Black Drum! Caught on Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle Blue Crabs near Fishermans Island!

The spring Black Drum bite has been excellent. The best action is coming from Virginia’s Eastern Shore, where fish are being caught seaside and bayside. Some have topped 50 pounds, but the 20 to 25 ponders are best for the table. Blue crabs, whole clam, peeler crab, whelk, peeler crab/clam sandwich, buck tails and lead head jigs are all good baits. The AquaMan Charters crew got in on the Black Drum action this week.

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AquaMan Charters, Black Drum


Paige II Charters, Bluefish

Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish are being caught along the oceanfront, in the Bay and inside inlets and creeks. The Spanish will hit very small spoons like the 0S Drone or Clark pulled behind a small plainer or inline weight. Captain Craig Paige, Paige II Charters and crew got in on the Bluefish action.

Sheepshead are showing up on CBBT pilings. They can be caught by fishing fiddler crabs, mole crabs or clam tight against the structure.

Flounder fishing inside Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets is picking up, some nice keepers have been caught. The best flounder baits are buck tails dressed with a Gulp or a minnow/squid sandwiches fished on a Sea Striker Fluke Killer.

The Puppy drum bite remains good inside Lynnhaven. And Blues have been popping up as well.

Virginia Beach Pier anglers are catching Spanish, Blues, Roundhead, Trout and Skates.

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, fishing is picking up! It’s time to round up some fresh bait and hit your favorite fishing spot!



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