Virginia Beach Fishing Report

spanish mackerel

Knot Wish’n Guide Service

Our July fishing has been great and it will only get better in August! The question this time of year is which species to target.

Typically, in August huge schools of red drum start surfacing daily in the lower Bay. As long as no one spooks them angers can sight cast them for hours some days.

Cobia are throughout the bay and along the oceanfront, sight casting is the most productive technique now.

Spanish mackerel should increase in numbers and size this month. The fish are scattered along the oceanfront from Sandbridge to Cape Henry, and in the bay all the way up to Reedville.

Ribbonfish are feeding near Cape Henry. Anglers are catching them on diving plugs.

Flounder fishing is good. Fish in the 4-6 pounds range have been caught near the CBBT, the Cell and around wrecks.

Anglers jigging for flounder at the Triangle wrecks are also picking up black sea bass. Long Bay Pointe weighted this nice 7 pounder for Thomas Helfrich.

Spadefish are hanging around the CBBT, many ocean buoys and the Light Tower. Anglers are floating fresh clam morsels to them on small hooks. If they are not aggressively feeding, try putting some chum in the water.

Tarpon

OBX Tarpon

Several tarpon were caught off Outer Banks piers this week. They should also be feeding in Eastern Shore of Virginia backwaters by now.

Angler fishing from the Virginia Beach Fishing pier are catching a few blues, spot and roundhead.

Offshore deep-water bottom fishing is producing good numbers of tilefish.

This is peak blue water trolling season. Yellowfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo are off out coast.

Billfish action has picked up just in time for our local tournaments. The Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament was held over the weekend. Three crews each caught and released four marlins. The winner was decided by “time of catch”. The OUTLIER took first, the MAMA C got second and the FIRST LOOK took third. Top tuna, 53.9 pounds went to FREESTYLE. Top wahoo, 28.3 pounds was caught by the OUTLIER. Top Junior angler went to Colten Fulcher with 3 white marlin releases on the BACKLASH. Top Lady angler went to Denise Hall with 1 blue marlin release on the CAPT CHERYL. Congratulations to all!

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

Connie at Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle reports that spanish mackerel are plentiful off Cape Henry. Anglers are slow trolling small spoons behind a planer or inline sinker. King mackerel are a possibility along the oceanfront for those pulling larger spoons, lures or deploying live bait.  And Lynnhaven River anglers are catching flounder, spot, croaker and puppy.

Nice keeper flounder have arrived in the lower Bay. Large flounder are also around seaside wrecks. One of my favorite locations in the Bay is around the concrete ships. Remember when fishing for flounder the general rule is large baits attract large fish.

Bay reefs are holding sheepshead, red drum, black drum, sea bass and tautog.

The coastal wrecks are holding sea bass, triggerfish and amberjack.

Spadefish are feeding around structure. They can be spotted around the CBBT pilings, buoys, over wrecks or near the Light Tower. They like fresh clam strips floated in front of them.

Sheepshead are hanging around bridge pilings and jetties, they prefer small crabs.

Cobia and big red drum are available along the oceanfront and in the lower bay. A favorite place to look for drum is on the Eastern Shore shoals. Anglers are finding cobia throughout the lower bay. Knot Wish’n Guide Service captain Todd Beck says this week some cobia have made their way out of the Bay back to the oceanfront. Check around all the buoys, cobia love to hang close by.

Captain Dave Trax aboard the Oblivion put his crew on the Tuna!

 

Offshore, tuna continue to be plentiful near the northern canyons. The early bite has been on fire. Boats leaving well before daylight and deploying spreads at dawn have loaded up quickly. Mahi have made their way up from the south and the marlin bite is good.

Deep dropping remains good for blueline tilefish, black bellied rosefish and golden tilefish. There should be good amberjack action around the south tower.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

This is peek fishing season in Virginia! ….. There’s a nice class of spanish mackerel available along the oceanfront, near the CBBT and as far north as the York Spit area. Charter boats are trolling small Drone or Clark spoons behind small planers.  Ocean Pearls Charters has been loading up on their morning and afternoon trips. Kaiden Hall weighed in a 4 lb. 6 oz. spanish mackerel at Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle.

ribbon fish

Mr. Mark Taylor set this trip up on the High Hopes with Captain Wright for their father’s 85th birthday.

Dr Ken Neill said that the ribbonfish are plentiful and spanish mackerel are jumping all over. Taylor blues are mixed in with them. Captain Todd Beck, Knot Wisn’n Guide Service said they’ve had encounters with some big king mackerel but none have come tight.

sheepshead

Dr Ken Neill

Many are returning with spadefish limits. Look for spades around structures … like the Chesapeake Light Tower, ocean and bay buoys and the pilings of the CBBT. Spades fall to fresh clam. Slack tide is best when fishing the CBBT. Float a small piece on a small hook in front of them. Once sighted many anglers like chumming the fish up behind the boat. Some nice sheepshead are being caught along with the spades at the CBBT.

The Cobia bite in the bay remains strong. Most are being caught in chum slicks on live eels. Sighted on the surface 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. Keep a lookout for them around buoys and other structure, like the islands and pilings of the CBBT.

A number of anglers found large schools of red drum this week. Anglers are having success sight casting and bottom fishing. Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle has recorded a slew of release citations the past 2 weeks.

flounder

Paige II Charters

Flounder catches are on the increase. Some of the larger fish are being caught jigging bucktails tagged with strip baits or Gulps near the CBBT. Captain Craig Paige, Paige II Charters has been keeping his guest on the flounder.

Virginia Beach Pier and surf anglers are finding puppy drum, bluefish, spanish, flounder, croaker, sea mullet and small spot.

tilefish

Tilefish of Rudee Tours deep drop trip

Look for seabass on offshore ocean wrecks and reefs. Tilefish are also available in the same areas. There should be plenty of amberjacks around the towers and on offshore structure. The Rudee Tours head boat has a number of 12 and 17 hour trips planned for July and August.

Offshore bluewater anglers are catching plenty of dolphin and tuna. Add to that a few big eye tuna, wahoo and swordfish. Our marlin bite is increasing. Offshore fishing is really good right now!

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

spanish mackerel

Great morning spanish mackerel trip on the Ocean Pearl. Crew wanted enough fish for a fish fry at a local restaurant. Went to Nick’s with a ton. They left the Spanish biting.

The best spanish mackerel fishing of the season is occurring along the oceanfront and in the lower bay. Trolling Clark and Drone spoons will do the trick.

ribbon fish

Father, son fishing with Captain David, High Hopes Charters

Those pulling larger spoons are catching plenty of ribbonfish.

Areas to our south are having an outstanding king mackerel season. They are catching lots of 40 pounders. Look for them to start showing up in are waters soon.

Cobia action remains excellent. Fish up to 80 lbs have been landed this week. Sight casting is best right now. Shark releases are numerous for those chumming.

Spadefish are around buoys, pilings of the CBBT and the Chesapeake Light Tower.

sheepshead

Sheepsheads are hanging around structure.

Big red drum are throughout the lower Bay.

flounder

Captain Craig Paige, Paige II Charters putting his crew on some nice flounder

Flounder catches are on the rise. Look for them along the CBBT, around inshore wrecks and artificial reefs throughout the lower bay and along the coast. Coastal wrecks are holding larger flounder and sea bass, bluefish, amberjacks and triggerfish.

Pier and surf anglers are finding puppy drum, bluefish, spanish, flounder, croaker, sea mullet and small spot.

Those fishing the canyons are returning with tilefish, big eye tuna, yellowfin tuna, dolphin and wahoo.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Rundown

The Virginia Beach Tuna tournament took place this weekend and the fishing was awesome! 102 boats entered the three-day event. They were allowed to fish one day out of three, captain’s choice. A lot a nice tuna were weighed in.

The crew onboard the Piped Piper landed the largest tuna at 206.9 pounds. The crew onboard the Mega Byte won first place overall with a total catch of 282.3 pounds. Pied Piper took second at 278.3 pounds and Sea Trader finished third with 182.6 pounds.

The crew on Hana Hou won the dolphin category at 22.7 pounds. Lady angler went to Wendy Brockenbrough, 67.6 pounds and Lila Wheeler won Junior Angler at 35.7 pounds. Congratulations to all. You can see the complete standing on their website.

 

 

tilefish

Aquaman Charters Nice Tilefish

Deep droppers fishing the canyon are catching nice tilefish and black sea bass

Inshore, VBSF sponsor Captain Chris Howlin on the “Game On” reports spadefish numbers dropped in ocean waters, but as water warms they are thickening up inside the Bay. Look for them around the islands and piling of the CBBT. Along with spadefish there are some good-sized sheepshead being caught around CBBT structure.

spanish mackerel

Dwayne King and crew fishing on the High Hopes

Captain Todd Beck, Knot Wish’n Charters said there’s plenty of spanish mackerel along the oceanfront and now ribbonfish are in the mix. Captain David Wright on High Hopes Charters has been picking up spanish along Sandbridge. Look for spanish to also be available in the lower bay along tide rips.

Cobia are being caught inside the Bay. Anglers are chumming or sight casting using live eels or bucktails for bait.

Large red drum should be on the eastern shore shoals and around the islands of the CBBT, but reports are slow. It’s only a matter of time though.

Flounder action is picking up at the CBBT, The Cabbage Patch, Bluefish Rock, and Back River Reef.

red drum

Amy Eanes with a 27 inch Red Drum!

Virginia Beach Pier anglers are catching a few nice puppy drum, spot, sheepshead, sea mullet, spanish mackerel and an occasional cobia. Amy Eanes from Danville, VA caught a nice puppy drum Sunday. Congratulations!

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Virginia Beach Late June Fishing Report

red drum

High Hopes Charters

Red drum and cobia are scattered along the oceanfront and in the lower Bay.  Our cobia capture season opened June 15th. Look for them from the oceanfront to the Rappahannock River.  Watch the surface around structure, over wrecks, around buoys, piers, pilings or rocks. Chumming while anchored will draw them near your boat. Bucktails and live eels are among the best bait.

Schools of red drum are in the same areas. The High Hopes crew on the 19th of June spotted a school of red drum on the surface and quickly tossed a bucktail attached to their Penn Battle111 combo and Eugene (above) will be receiving a beautiful Virginia Citation for his release!

spanish mackerel

Knot Wish’n Charters

Captain Todd Beck, Knot Wish’n Charters said, “Spanish Mackerel fishing in the ocean was really good last week until a southwest wind turned the water cold. It’s going to blow the next several days and I am optimistic that after that passes the fishing will be good again.” …. Spanish mackerel are in the Bay up to York Spit and Windmill Bar. You’ll want to troll fast with small Clark or Drone spoons behind in-line sinkers or diving planers. Tide rips are a good place to checkout.

spa

Aquaman Charters

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel structure, Bay and ocean buoys and the Chesapeake Light Tower are holding spadefish. Sheepshead are feeding on the CBBT pilings.

The offshore wrecks are holding bluefish, flounder and sea bass.

Anglers fishing the inlets and rivers are finding some speckled trout, puppy drum, flounder, and sea mullet.

Pier anglers are catching a mix of sea mullet, croaker, spot, puppy drum, flounder, cobia and spanish mackerel.

Offshore at the canyon there’s some excellent yellowfin tuna fishing. Boats are starting to catch marlin, wahoo and dolphin.

tuna

Coastal Fiberglass Crew

Craig Bosmans owner of Coastal Fiberglass celebrated his birthday with the family. They slept on their boat,  then left out of Rudee at 3:30am. Fishing about 70 miles offshore they picked up 7 tuna. Everyone pitched in, Nicole, Peyton, Miles and Noah. Congratulations!

Deep droppers fishing the canyons are retuning with boxes full of tilefish and sea bass. Rudee Tours is running up to 70 mile, 17-hour offshore trips in search of tilefish, black sea bass, blackbelly rosefish, and more. They run a variety of shorter trips inshore and offshore.

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Mid June Virginia Beach Fishing Report

spadefish

Paige II Charters

Water temp along the oceanfront and in the lower Bay jumped to 75 degrees this week. With it came a nice spanish mackerel bite.

Spanish are along the oceanfront and spanish and spadefish are at the Chesapeake Light tower. Captain Todd and Jake Beck, Knot Wish’n Charters kept their guest happy with some nice Spanish and Captain Craig Paige on Page II Charters has been catching a lot of spadefish.

cobia

Stan Simmerman

Red drum and cobia are scattered in the lower bay. The cobia capture season doesn’t start until June 15th, but catch and release is fine now and you can earn a release citation for cobia 50 inches or greater. Dr. Ken Neill and Stan Simmerman did some chumming this week and released four and missed a few more.

Sheepshead are being caught around the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel.

Flounder, puppy drum and small spot and croaker are in the inlets.

Anglers fishing live bait at night under the Lessner Bridge are catching stripers.

Virginia Beach pier anglers are picking up spot, puppy drum, whiting, flounder, spanish mackerel and cobia.

tuna tilefish

High Hopes Charters

Big eye, yellowfin and bluefin tuna made a good showing off Virginia Beach this week. I received one report of a nice bite 15 miles east of Norfolk canyon. A few mahi were also landed. Boats departing Oregon Inlet are also returning with lots of tuna, so the bite is pretty wide spread. Above, Captain David Wright on the High Hopes picked up a nice big eye and some tilefish. Aquaman Charters has been catching tuna and tilefish on their offshore trips.

Tuna

Tuna  Caught with Aquaman Charters

Rudee Tours is running up to 70 mile, 17-hour offshore trips in search of tilefish, black sea bass, blackbelly rosefish, and more. They run a variety of shorter trips inshore and offshore.

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Paige II Charters Report ~Spadefish Are Here

 

June 7 – Captain Crag Paige, Paige II Charters says the spadefish have arrived. His crew enjoyed a nice catch!

Craig is booking charters, give him a call to get in on the action.
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Long Bay Pointe Marina May Report

 

Long Bay Pointe weighed a lot of citations in May … 2021 Link

5/28
Rebecca Green 53″ Red Drum Release
David B. Walden 50″ Red Drum Release
Carl Wall 58″ Cobia Release
Joshua Bourne 50″ Red Drum Release
Philip Delp 50″ Red Drum Release
Gregory Giron 50″ Red Drum Release
Leslie P. Hanak 52″ 52″ Red Drum Release

5/24
Joshue Bourne 54″ Cobia Release
Sarah Williams 51 Red Drum Release

5/23
Jayson Downs 47″ Red Drum Release
Fisher Clark 50″ Cobia Release

5/22
James B or Ryan 13 lb. 8 oz. BlueLine Tilefish
James B or Ryan Hammerhead Shark Release
Drew Aladj 13 lb. BlueLine Tilefish
Keonte Owens 51″ Cobia Release

5/21
Mr. Garrison 50″ Cobia Release
Philip Schuyler 53″ Cobia Release
Caleb Saar 50″ Cobia Release
Justin Walker 54″ Cobia Release
Mikaela Hardy 66″ Cobia Release
Kevin Ladd 50″ Cobia Release
Eric Meyers III 50″ Cobia Release
Tripp Seed 51″ Cobia Release
George Pilkington 50 1/2″ Cobia Release

5/20
Robert McGee 56″ Cobia Release
No Name 50″ Cobia Release

5/19
Edward Jay Downs 48″ Red Drum Release
Austin Dubois 14 lb. 5 oz. Blueline Tilefish

5/17
Tait Garrett 45″ Red Drum Release
Emily Konoza 45″ Red Drum Release
Benjamin Fritz 45″ Red Drum Release
Benjamin Fritz 24″ Tautog Release
Nicole Fasolino 45″ Red Drum Release

5/16
Kevin M. Curry 50″ Red Drum Release
Lawrence McGovern 48″ Red Drum Release
James Ryan 47″ Red Drum Release

5/15
Bill Susewind 11 lb. 7 oz. BlueLine Tilefish
F. Brian Hostetter 12 lb. 7 oz. BlueLIne Tilefish
Bill Susewind 12 lb. 12 oz. BlueLine Tilefish

5/14
Aubrey Perry 47″ Red Drum Release
Travis Cullipher 48″ Red Drum Release

5/14
No Name 53″ Cobia Release 5/14/21

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Knot Wish’n – The Spanish Mackerel Are Here!

Spanish Mackerel finally showed up over the weekend. Break out the grill!!!

Book your light tackle fun today!

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Game On and Smack Down Getting It Done

Game On Crew!

 

Smack Down Crew!

 

Aquman Charters loaded up with Tilefish over the weekend.

Departing Rudee Inlet, right behind Rockafeller’s Restaurant. Phone 757-200-0200.….. Captains Website

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Summer Fun Off And Running On The High Hopes

June 5 : These are Blueline Tilefish , caught today by Bill Havwer & family . Enjoy your fish guys !

Tuna High Hopes

June 1st , 2021 High Hopes Is Running Offshore Again!

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Summer Fishing Season Heating Up

Dr. Ken Neill Cobia Release

Virginia’s summer fishing season is picking up. The water temp along the oceanfront is up to 69 degrees and Bay water is up to 71.

Aquman Charters

Red and black drum catches continue to increase. Most are coming from along the Eastern Shore, both seaside and bayside.

The cobia season opens June 15t but that’s not stopping anglers from practicing some catch and release.

A few large sheepshead have been caught, one topping 14 pounds.

Tautog are still on structure, but the season is closed through June 30th.

Spanish Mackerel are starting to show up, mostly along the oceanfront.

Nice puppy drum as well as speckled trout and rockfish are available inside local inlets and in rivers. Flounder action is increasing.

Midnight Sun Crew

The offshore boats running south from Rudee Inlet have been returning with some nice tuna.

Rudee Tours

Deep droppers have been doing very well on tilefish. Seabass season reopens again June 16th and remains open through December 31, 2021.

The head boats at Rudee Tours are running, half-day trips, primarily for croaker, flounder and small shark. 3/4 day trips for dogfish sharks and black sea bass. Full day trips for bluefish, flounder and black sea bass. And 17-Hour Deep Drops for black sea bass, blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, snowy grouper, blackbelly rosefish, dogfish sharks.

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Late May Virginia Beach, Chesapeake Bay Fishing Report

The Chesapeake Bay’s world class big red drum season is heating up on the Eastern Shore shallows. The fish are increasing daily in both size and numbers. Captain Todd Beck of Knot Wish’n Charters says, “schools are also scattered along the oceanfront.”  While anchored for reds on shoals, peeler crabs or blue crabs are the best bait. When schools are spotted on the surface, lures and large bucktails will get their attention. The capture slot limit is between 18 and 26 inches. The limit is 3 fish per person per day.  Virginia Trophy Citations are only issued for released fish 46 inches or greater.

Black drum are feeding in the same areas. Black’s love fresh clam fished on the bottom.

Yes, a bunch of cobia have been caught and released already. The capture season doesn’t begin until June 15 though … and runs through Sept 15. The possession limit will be 1 per person, 2 per vessel; whichever is more restrictive. The minimum size limit is 40 inches total length, and one per vessel greater than 50 inches. Capture citation weight is 55 pounds and release citations are 50 inches or greater. The state record is 109 pounds, caught in 2006 by Joseph F. Berberich.  Don’t forget to get a cobia permit from VMRC.

The water temp is 67 degrees along the oceanfront and both spanish mackerel and bluefish are showing. There have also been some reports coming from inside the bay as well. As the water temps continue to rise the bite will become more consistent.

Local inlets are holding a few speckled trout, rockfish, flounder and puppy drum. Connie at Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle said, “the flounder and bluefish are biting inside Lynnhaven inlet and puppy drum are still biting good as well.” Long Bay Pointe Marina now has ethanol free gas at the dock, 87 and 90 octanes.

Anglers fishing off the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier are catching scattered puppy drum, spanish mackerel and  roundhead.

Captain Nolan Anger from Aquaman Charters  says, “offshore, deep dropping for tilefish is excellent and loads of seabass are being caught on inshore ocean wrecks.” Seabass season closes on May 31st but reopens again June 16th and remains open through December 31, 2021.

The head boats at Rudee Tours are running, half-day trips, primarily for croaker, flounder and small shark. 3/4 day trips for dogfish sharks and black sea bass. Full day trips for bluefish, flounder and black sea bass. And 17-Hour Deep Drops for black sea bass, blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, snowy grouper, blackbelly rosefish, dogfish sharks.

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Virginia Beach Mid May Fishing Report

The water temp along the Virginia Beach ocean front is up to 62 degrees. In May, look for the best bite to come from black drum, bluefish, flounder, grey trout, red drum, sea bass, speckled trout, striped bass and tautog. The offshore, boats will be targeting tilefish, sea bass and maybe the first tuna.

Black drum like squid, crab, fresh cut fish, clam, shrimp and metal jigs like diamond jigs. They’re bottom feeders and usually located near and over underwater obstructions like wrecks, reefs, rocks and rough bottom areas. Look for their numbers to increase inside the Bay around the CBBT, the Concrete Ships and the Cabbage patch.

Bluefish are caught by trolling and jigging around schools with spoons, tube eels, metal squids or surface plugs. They are also caught on the bottom using fresh cut baits, like menhaden, mullet or spot.

Flounder love live baits, like spot or small mullet. They will also go for frozen minnows, fresh strip baits, cut bluefish, shark belly, squid, a minnow/strip combination and artificial bucktails. They are caught drifting rigs along the bottom from a boat, or casting from beaches and piers. The best early catches usually come from seaside inlets on the Eastern Shore. A favorite spot and methods is trolling small bucktails dressed with strip baits along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Grey trout are caught on artificial lures like bucktails, lead jigs with plastic tails, metal jigs, live baits like spot and small mullet, peeler crab, and squid. Anglers Jig or cast artificial lures to schools of fish on the bottom or suspended just above the bottom. Look for them near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in deep water near the island rocks, especially the 4th Island and along the channel edge. Occasionally you can find them in the Eastern Shore seaside inlets. Along with puppy drum and speckled trout Captain Todd Beck, Knot Wish’n Charters caught a few grey trout at Rudee Inlet this week.

In May look for large red drum schools to show along the ocean front. Their numbers will increase on the shoals around the CBBT, the Inner Middle Grounds, Latimer Shoals, the Middle Grounds and the shoals off Fisherman’s Island.  Drum seem to feed best from dusk to dawn, though they are taken around the clock. A popular angling technique is anchoring and chumming over the shoals. The preferred bait is crab.  You want to remove the top of the shell and cut the crab into two pieces.  Run the hook through a leg hole and then into the meat of the crab.  You can also use fresh chunks of menhaden or spot.

Smaller puppy drum can be taken in local inlets and rivers on a multitude of lures, bucktails, top water plugs or spoons. Look for them along marshes, oyster beds, jetties, or pilings. Live fiddler crabs and shrimp are deadly.

Sea bass season reopens May 15 and runs through May 31 and again June 16 through December 31. They are caught using squid, crab, cut fish, clam, shrimp, diamond jigs fished over wrecks, reefs, rocks and on rough bottom areas. VBSF sponsors Rudee Tours and Aquaman Charters will be running sea bass trips.

Speckled trout are caught on artificial lures, peeler crabs, small spot, mullet, live shrimp. The best spring method is with peeler crabs fished near shore of marshy or grassy areas on flooding tides. Good fishing spots are inside Rudee Inlet, Lynnhaven Inlet, Little Creek Inlet. Mobjack Bay area and on the Eastern Shore bayside.

Dr Ken Neill released this early striper while fishing for puppy drum

The Chesapeake Bay striper season reopens May 16 and runs through June 15. The minimum size limit is 20 inches total length. The maximum size limit is 28 inches total length. The daily possession limit is one fish per person. You should find them mixed in with your puppy drum and speckled trout catch.

The recreational tautog fishing season closes May 16 through June 30.

Offshore sea bass, blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, snowy grouper, black belly rose fish and dogfish are available this time of year to Virginia offshore deep droppers. Make sure to keep up with seasonal regulations for each.

The head boats at Rudee Tours are now running, Half-Day trips: primarily for croaker, flounder, occasional small shark. 3/4 Day trips for tautog, smooth/spiny dogfish sharks and black sea bass. Full Day trips for bluefish, flounder and black sea bass. And 17-Hour Deep Drops for black sea bass, blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, snowy grouper, blackbelly rosefish, dogfish sharks. Black sea bass season opens May 15th. VBSF sponsor Aquaman Charters will be running similar trips this month.

In a bit of dock news, there’s a rumor that Long Bay Pointe Marina will have ethanol free gas very soon. 87 and 90 octanes as well as their usual diesel, stay tuned!

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