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Atlantic Swordfish Fishing Off Virginia Beach

By Dr Julie Ball The Atlantic Swordfish! Here are some tips to catch them off the Virginia Coast.   As most saltwater anglers are aware, a magnificent creature patrols the depths of the ocean waters off our Mid-Atlantic coast. This fish is most certainly a silhouette of power, grace, and remarkable distinction. Appropriately earning the title, …

Chesapeake Bay Spot Fishing

  By Dr. Julie Ball Chesapeake Bay Spot fishing! As the summer days give way to temperate breezes foretelling of the cooler months to come, folks of all ages anticipate the big run of the tastiest panfish on the Eastern seaboard, the Norfolk spot. The congregation of exceptionally large specimens of this popular bottom feeder …

Deep Dropping for Tilefish Grouper Large Sea Bass Off Virginia Beach

by Ken Neill How to fish for Tilefish, Grouper and Sea Bass off Virginia Beach. What: The blueline tilefish is a dull olive-gray overall and white below. The lack of fleshy protuberance behind the head distiguishes it from the commercially important tilefish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps. The blueline tilefish is a bottom dweller found in water ranging …

Giant Hatteras Bluefin From a Small Boat

An Excellent How to by William Tyler Introduction There is a recreational fishery on the East Coast and it is like no other in the world. Imagine catching 10 to 20 fish in one day ranging from 300 to 800 pounds and being able to keep one. The press has been labeling this fishery as …

Mackerel Fishing Off Virginia Beach

  By: www.pswsfa.com Here are some tips for catching more King Mackerel and Spanish Mackerel. Spanish mackerel are in our area from June on into October. They can be caught throughout the lower Chesapeake Bay and in our ocean waters. Good areas in the bay include the waters around the CBBT, around York Spit Light, …

Mahi-Mahi Fishing Off Virginia Beach

By Don Malkowski Here are some tips for catching more Dolphin or Mahi Mahi  In Virginia waters, WHAT: Mahi-mahi are probably the most colorful fish found while trolling the open oceans. Scientifically named Coryphaena hippurus, they go by many other names like, Dolphin, Dorado, or Goldmakrele. They also have other nicknames based on their size…Chicken, …

Red Drum Bottom Rig

Red Drum and Black Drum On The Chesapeake Bay

By Don Malkowski Tips for catching more Red Drum and Black Drum in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay and along the Virginia Beach shoreline. WHAT:  Drum are the largest members of the Croaker family of fish.  This family includes the Speckled Trout, Gray Trout, Spot, Whiting, and of course, the Croaker.  Members of the family are wide …

Spadefish Virginia’s version of an Angel Fish

By DR Julie Ball Here some tips for catching more Spadefish in Virginia waters. What: Ephippidae is the fish family containing the spadefish. There are about 20 species. Scuba divers sometimes mistake them for angelfish, which are similar in shape but not closely related. The Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber) is an attractive black and white …

Summer Cobia Fishing In Virginia Beach

By Dr. Julie Ball Here are some tips for catching Cobia in the lower Chesapeake Bay and along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Very few inshore saltwater species offer the big fish thrill like the powerful cobia. Luckily for Mid Atlantic anglers, we get our share of this stealthy scavenger, with many large fish available. Last …

Surf Fishing In Virginia And North Carolina

By Andrew Kumjian Here are some great tips for surf fishing along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the beach at Sandbridge or on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Recently there have been a lot of members of the forum asking a lot of questions about all aspects of surf fishing.  While I do not mind at …

Tips – Abandon Ship! Be Prepared!

By Don Malkowski As boaters, sailors, captains, and fishermen, they are the words that we all hope and pray that we never hear or to speak… ‘Abandon Ship!’ Being prepared is the one thing that could save your life if the inevitable should happen. Along with having all the required Coast Guard safety equipment aboard …

Tips For More Stripers In Virginia

By Don Malkowski Here some great tips to help you catch more Striper or Rockfish on the Chesapeake Bay. WHAT: It doesn’t matter what you call it, Striped Bass, Rockfish, Linesider, True Bass, or Striper, it’s probably the most sought after near shore species on the East coast from the Carolinas north to New England. …

Tips For More Tautog In Virginia Waters

Tips for catching Tautog in Virginia. Tautog, or Blackfish as they are called in the northeast, is one of the favored targets of inshore anglers. Pier fisherman and boat anglers both have the opportunity to land these rock dwelling fish. WHAT: Tautog, or Tog for short, are a bottom dwelling fish. A member of the …

Tips For More Tuna In Virginia

By Don Malkowski Here are tips for catching more Tuna offshore Virginia Beach. WHAT: During this “How-To”, we’ll primarily be focusing on the Yellowfin Tuna ( Thunnus albacares). Many of the tactics and fishing holes will easily transition to cover the other tunas like, Big Eye, Blackfin, and Longfin. Bluefin will be discussed separately. So …

Virginia Beach Deep Sea Fishing Information

Information On Virginia Beach Fishing Virginia Beach and the Lower Chesapeake Bay are world famous for saltwater fishing! Inshore fishing on a Virginia Beach charter boat may include trips for striped bass, flounder, sea bass, cobia, sheepshead, spadefish, croaker, sea trout, spot, red drum, black drum, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel and other species. The Chesapeake …

Virginia Beach High-speeding for Wahoo!

Great tips for catching more Wahoo off the Virginia Beach Coast By Don Malkowski Fuel prices are growing over $4.00 a gallon, so optimizing your day offshore is going to be key this fishing season. We will all need to do more research and planning for our fishing trips. We’ll be waiting for the perfect …

Virginia Flounder

By Dr Ken Neill III Flounder are one of the most sought after fish in our waters. They are great to eat and are fun to catch. Lately, there has been a surge in the number and in the size of flounder. In Virginia, it is primarily an April through November fishery though some are …

Virginia’s Chesapeake Light Tower

By DR Julie Ball Approximately thirteen miles off the beautiful mid-Atlantic shores of Virginia Beach, Virginia stands a solitary light tower dutifully guarding the mouth of the flourishing Chesapeake Bay. Appropriately named the Chesapeake Light Tower, this key aid to navigation has served as a guiding beacon for maritime vessels for over 40 years. This …

VMRC Fishing Guide

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission has provided an online Virginia Saltwater Anglers Guide. The Guide has been divided into individual sections to increase download speeds. It’s an excellent resource for local anglers. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission works with recreational and commercial anglers to maintain healthy, self-sustaining populations of all Virginia coastal fish species. VBSF …

What Where When How, Amberjack

By VBSF Staff Member What: Amberjack is the name of a pair of species of fish of the Carangidae family, which includes the jacks and the pompanos. Greater amberjacks, Seriola dumerili, are the largest of the jacks. They usually have dark stripes extending from nose to in front of their dorsal fins. They have no …

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