Virginia Saltwater Fishing Report

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Boys of Summer getting it done on AquaMan Charters!!

The Virginia inshore saltwater fishing season is in full swing now! Just about every species is in place.

Cobia action remains good along the oceanfront and inside the bay, the capture season opens June 15th!  Spanish Mackerel are available to trollers from Sandbridge to Cape Henry and Red Drum are popping up off the oceanfront. The Drum are also feeding on the shoals at the mouth of the bay.  Sheepshead are around the pilings of the CBBT.  The Spadefish bite turned on this week, as we speculated it would in our last report. Look for the Spades around buoys, the pilings of the CBBT and at the Chesapeake Light tower. They tend to draw a crowd; divers, snorkelers and anglers, so pack some patience.


Randy Morton, 13-pounds 7 oz Sheepshead

On May 30, 2022, Randy Morton (above) was fishing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel when he landed a 9-pound, 2-ounce Sheepshead on (8 lb) line class, it was a potential world record for that class. This year Randy is back with a 13-pound 7 oz Sheepshead.  I’m not sure what pound class line he was using this time.  Congratulations on another trophy fish!


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Anglers are picking up a few Flounder and Speckled Trout inside Lynnhaven, Little Creek and Rudee Inlets. Specks are also being caught in the Elizabeth River. Anglers are also catching and releasing small stripers at the CBBT and inside the inlets.

This is a great time of year to book an inshore fishing trip with a VBSF sponsor Captain. They all fish and charter full time. They are licensed and Coastguard  inspected and approved professionals. All of them have sponsored VBSF for over 20 years. Give them a call, book them up guys !


Captain Nolan, owner of AquaMan Charters says, “His crews have been catching some nice sharks. Drum fishing is great, with a few nice Cobia around. Spanish hook ups are up and down but been good overall. There are some bluefish mixed in with the Spanish.”


Nice Spanish Mackerel fishing on High Hopes

Captain David Wright, High Hopes Charters has been catching some nice Spanish Mackerel along the beach. I’m sure Captain Dave is ready to head further offshore soon for some Bluewater action. It’s time for tuna, mahi and billfish numbers to pick up.  The High Hopes is a beautiful sport fisher, with all the creature comforts onboard you can imagine.


Captain Craig Paige, Paige II Charters put his crew on the spadefish this week. Look for Captain Craig to show up with some nice flounder hauls soon. He’s a flatfish expert!

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Knot Wish’n Charters

Captain Todd Beck, Knot Wish’n Charters has been splitting his time between schools of Red Drum and trolling for Spanish.

Anglers fishing off the Virginia Beach Pier have caught some nice Spanish mackerel, small croaker, spot and sea mullet.

Virginia’s offshore, bluewater action is picking up. A school of feeding Bluefin Tuna made an appearance not far offshore, near the Virginia, North Carolia boarder last week. The first or second week of June is typically when good numbers of Mahi start showing up at the Canyon. Where there are Mahi there are billfish!! Yellowfin Tuna schools should be available closer to Virginia inlets soon.

Bottom bouncers are catching seabass, blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, snowy grouper, black belly rose fish.

Don’t forget to come out and enjoy the Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament weigh- ins. They are set to take place from June 19 to June 22. It’s a time of excitement and competition as participants vie for the heaviest catch and the thrill of the win. With a bustling atmosphere, whether you’re competing or just there to enjoy the festivities, it promises to be an unforgettable experience. The official weigh-in stations are located at Long Bay Pointe Marina in Lynnhaven Inlet and The Virginia Beach Fishing Center in Rudee Inlet. The scales open at 4:00 PM and close at 7:30 PM on all three days of fishing. These locations are not only pivotal for the competitors but also serve as exciting gathering spots for spectators to witness the day’s hauls and celebrate the angling achievements.

Don’t forget, Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle invites everyone to their Customer Appreciation Event on June 15, 8am – 2pm.  Enjoy hot dogs prepared by Q-Master Billiards, while checking out all the updates made to the shop. And see a IMSA Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Racecar, that will be competing at Watkins Glen in the  IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge June 22 at 12:50 PM to 3:00 PM ET, televised on NBC Sports, displaying the Long Bay Point Bait and Tackle logo on the hood.

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