Virginia Beach Fishing Report

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Lynnhaven Trout

We have a pretty good weather forecast through Thanksgiving Day. Lite winds, 60-degree highs and the water temperature at the CBBT is 57 degrees.

Fishing for speckled trout and puppy drum continues to be good in the shallows. Rudee Inlet, Lynnhaven Inlet and the Elizabeth River have all been good. Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle registered a few citations recently. Randy Morton had a 24 1/2″ speckled trout release, George Kotarides a 24 1/2″ release, Todd Sturtevant a 24 1/2″ release, Jordan Elliott a 24 1/2″ and 26″ releases, Michael W. Noe a 24 .75″ release and Matthew Gutterman a 26″ release. Congratulations.

Smaller stripers are in the same areas. The islands on the CBBT are holding keeper size fish.  Night fishing has been best.

There’s a good sea bass bite going on when weather conditions allow boats to fish the ocean wrecks.

Tautog are hanging around the ocean wrecks and inside the bay. The bridge tunnel is a good place to target the tautogs

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

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Speckled trout are inside all local inlets, creeks and tidal rivers near the bay. Fishing on the Eastern Shore bay-side and on the Peninsula has been especially good. Captain Todd Beck, Knot Wish’n Charters says the water temperature in Rudee Inlet is a little above normal, so far the trout are small with very few gators available yet. Quality should improve as the temperature drops.

There are plenty of school-sized striped bass available especially around bridges and docks with lights. Anglers are casting light tackle such as swim baits and bucktails.

Tautog catches at the CBBT should be on the rise. The bay water temperature is now 62 degrees. Tautog action should get better as water temps drop into the upper 50’s. Ocean wrecks often hold larger fish. Crabs are always your best bait.

Some have successfully targeted swordfish.  Deep droppers are catching tilefish and sea bass.

Inshore wrecks are holding plenty of sea bass and some tautog and flounder.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

Speckled trout fishing in the shallows is good right now in rivers, inlets and along the oceanfront in the surf.  Richard Parmelee released a 25″ and a 24 3/4″ speckled trout and Randy Morton a 26″ speckled trout.

Rockfish and puppy drum are being caught by those seeking trout.

A few big red drum are still available, but most are moving south. Kylie Hajek had 48″ red drum release, Brad Bittmann a 47″ release, Robert Perez a 48″ release and Jeromy Teeter a 52″ release.

Tautog and sheepshead are still being caught in the Bay along CBBT structure and on the artificial reefs. Thomas Czaplicki caught a 12 lb. 1 oz. sheepshead, Raymond Dodson Jr. a 11 lb. 8 oz. sheepshead and Michael Bouquet a 9 lb. 11 oz. Tautog.

Black seabass fishing has been excellent, boats are catching limits of jumbos. The Triangle Reef is a popular spot.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report.

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The flounder bite has been good. The CBBT is as good a place to start. Pictured is a 10 lb 5 oz fish caught at CBBT this week by TyAlan Martz.

Large spot are on the move, netters are catching plenty inside the first island.

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Stan Simmerman

Speckled trout are firing up inside the Lynnhaven Inlet. Look for them in all the local inlets now. Puppy Drum are in the same areas. The CBBT is also good place for the red drum. Drum of all sizes are showing up in the surf along the Oceanfront to Sandbidge.

Sheepshead continue to be caught around structures inside the bay.

Those targeting sea bass on the wrecks were rewarded with some nice fish.

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Outstanding catch onboard the High Hopes!

Captain David Wright and crew onboard the High Hopes had an awesome day offshore. They landed a  limit of blueline tilefish, one a citation. They added two citation bigeye tunas, one at 170 pounds and the other at 129 pounds. And topped the trip off with an 80 pound swordfish.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

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Spanish on the Ocean Pearl

Water temperatures remain a warm 78 degrees at the CBBT and along the oceanfront. The weather forecast calls for a big cool down next weekend.

The last day of cobia season for recreational anglers was September 15. Catches have been great but its all catch and release now. Sight casting is most effective and live eels are the best bait. These fish will start exiting the bay and move south soon.

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Dr. Neil nice slot red drum

Cobia anglers are spotting schools of large red drum in the lower Bay. Puppy drum have been biting well in Bay inlets and in the surf along the oceanfront. Kevin W. Greiner registered a 50 inch red drum release at Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle on September 9th.

Spanish Mackerel are still available throughout the lower bay and along the oceanfront.

Sheepshead catches around the CBBT are still good. Meng Qing Wang caught a 12 lb. 1 oz. sheepshead on September 10th.

Big Flounder continue to be taken, fish up to 9 pounds. Live Spot or finger mullet is the preferred bait for the big Flounder.

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The speckled trout bite is picking up in shallow water tributaries and inlets. Topwater baits have been working well for both species. Popping corks with shrimp lures work also.

Spot are being caught; some big yellow bellies are available.

The Virginia Beach Fishing pier reported some spots, a few puppy drum , a few spanish and some blues.

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High Hopes Sportfishing

Bluewater anglers are releasing white and blue marlin. They are also finding hungry wahoo, mahi and tuna. Bottom bouncers are catching tilefish. Bill Hawver and family had a great day offshore on the High Hopes with Captain David Wright.  Nice limit of blueline tilefish (2 citations) and a swordfish.

Throughout the fall our fishing report will be published twice each month.  But be sure and check in more often, because we will post breaking news and trophy fish reports as soon as they come in.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

Paige II Charters

Flounder catches have been excellent along the coast and throughout the lower bay. Look for them around the CBBT pilons, near the rocks that cover the tunnels and around coastal reefs and wrecks. Brian Hostetter weighted a 6 lb. 1 oz. 25 inch flounder at Long Bay Pointe. Captain Craig Paige, Paige II Charters has been putting his guest on flounder recently.

Dr Ken Neill

Sheepshead are still plentiful at the CBBT. Long Bay Pointe registered several citations, Jayla Caraco 11 lb, Melissa Fichter 11 lb. 14 oz and Enrique Olivar 10 lb. 3 oz.

Cobia are on the move and offering top water action. William Buckley registered a 51″, Chris Bailey a 57″, Jimmy Shaddeau 59″ and Steve Jaffe 54″.

Big red drum are still roaming about the lower Bay and around the shoals of the barrier islands. Chris Bailey registered a 48″ release, Ben Boudaoud 47″ and 49″ releases and Wayne C. Merricks a 52″ release.

High Hopes Sportfishing

Spanish mackerel and ribbonfish trolling remains productive for charter boats.

Buoys and wrecks are holding triggerfish and spadefish

Speckled trout, puppy drum, spot and croacker are inside the inlets.

September is Virginia’s peak king mackerel season. Smoker kings have already been landed.

The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier reports roundheads, spot, blues, a few Spanish and flounder.

The 19th Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament was held over the weekend. A total of 84 teams competed in the invitational charity event. This year’s winner was the boat Cuttin’ Up, captain Nick Jones with a 612.5 lb. blue marlin. Second place went to the Sea Toy, captain Bull Tolson. Third went to the Weldor’s Ark, captain Dale Britt. Fourth to the Quick Sweep, captain Jimmy Werling. And fifth to the Mister Pete, captain Alan Neiford.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

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Kings are showing!

 

Our fall fishing pattern is right around the corner, but don’t dismiss the summer favorites yet. Intercepting them as they prepare to depart can provide great action.

The most exciting news at the oceanfront is the start of what is hopefully an incredible king mackerel run. September is Virginia’s peak king mackerel season. Smoker kings have already been landed.

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Ribbonfish

Spanish mackerel, bluefish and ribbonfish trolling remains productive. The spanish mackerel are still chasing trolled spoons off the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

Cobia will prepare to head south soon and offer outstanding top water action as they do. Several boats reported cobia exceeding 50-pounds last week. The Virginia cobia season closes September 15th. Don’t forget your VMRC reporting requirements.

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Slot Red Drum

Big red drum are still roaming about the lower Bay and around the shoals of the barrier islands. It is time for reds to begin showing more around the artificial islands of the CBBT. Fresh cut bait and live bait work well for this area. A northerly blow in September will jump start some drum surf fishing action.

Flounder catches are improving along the coast and throughout the lower bay. Look for them around the CBBT pilons, near the rocks that cover the tunnels and around coastal reefs and wrecks. Many are caught around the jetties at Rudee and Little Creek.

Buoys and wrecks are holding triggerfish and spadefish.

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Tagging Specks

Speckled trout, puppy drum, spot and croacker are inside the inlets. Trout are available along the Poquoson Flats and in bay-side creeks of the Eastern Shore.

Surf fisherman and those fishing off the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier are catching spot and some croaker, sea mullet, ribbonfish, sand perch and flounder. Red drum, puppy drum, speckled trout and cobia are also a possibility.

Billfish release flags are showing up around Rudee Inlet! The 19th Annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament is taking place August 24-27. You can follow the action at  https://vbbt.com/ 

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

Ocean Pearl Charters, Long Bay Pointe Marina

Summer is winding down. Parents and kids have a couple more weeks to enjoy the water before school begins. The vacationing crowds will start to thin out, but not the fish. Good opportunities continue for local anglers.

Paige II Charters

Flounder did not disappoint this week and their numbers and size should get better through September. The CBBT, the Cell, artificial reefs and ocean wrecks are holding fish. Bucktails and strip baits work well, but live spot is best for larger flounder. Pictured is a nice flatfish caught onboard the Paige II with Captain Craig Paige. Craig is one of the best flounder guides in Tidewater.

Spanish mackerel are still available along the oceanfront and in the Bay. Trolling with a Drone or Clark spoon behind an in-line sinker or diving planer works well. Using a surface bird in front of a spoon will attract bites. Anglers trolling larger diving plugs are picking up some monster size ribbon fish in the same areas.

Look for nice king mackerel to show up anytime. They are most likely feeding on the large number of ribbonfish.

Cobia fishing is peaking. Late August through September is best. This is when some of the largest fish seem to be weighed. Many charters are reporting limits. Sight casting with live eels is the most effective method.

Nice little black drum

Red drum are still around but catches of large fish seems to have temporarily slowed. Black drum are being caught in the same areas as the reds. Dr Ken picked a nice little black drum on his last outing.

Spadefish, sheepshead and a few triggerfish are hanging around the CBBT pilings and islands.

Schools of large yellow belly spot will start showing up in local waters soon. They provide great action for families with young anglers. When they are biting you can catch them two at a time as soon as your bait hits bottom. Bloodworms seem to work best but bloodworm flavored fishbites will do the job as well.

The speckled trout bite has picked up slightly in bayside creeks along the Eastern Shore.

We have a winner!

Offshore fishing is good. Anglers are catching tuna, wahoo, dolphin and blue and white marlin. Congratulations to angler Jeremy Duffie and crew of the boat “Billfisher for their 77.5 pound white marlin caught in the Ocean City White Marlin Open. While not a world record fish, the winning payout was!  The Billfisher crew took home over $4.5 Million.

The 19th Annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament is taking place August 24-27. You can follow the action at  https://vbbt.com/

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Virginia Beach Fishing Rundown

Lots of Chesapeake Bay pompano? Yep, you read that right. Last week, Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle recorded a bunch of citations for pompano caught near the CBBT Islands. Garland Anderson 3lbs 1oz, Robert G. Whitten 3lbs 9oz, Preston Cochran 3lbs 7oz, Kaleb Underwood 2lbs 8oz, Jack Limroth 3lbs 3oz and William Watts Blomdahl 2lbs 4oz.

Dr. Ken Neill

The cobia bite is still red hot and large schools of red drum continue cruising the lower bay. Catch a school on the surface and you can catch and release a bunch.

Spadefish catches are good. Most catches are coming from around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Sheepshead are feeding on the pilings of the Bridge Tunnel.

Ocean Pearl Charters

Spanish mackerel and ribbon fish catches continue to keep the inshore guys and gales busy. Captain Steve Wray and the Ocean Pearl crew was on them last week.  It’s almost time for some king mackerel to show up along the oceanfront.

Some nice flounder limits were had this week. Jigged buck tails are producing, but drifting with live bait entices larger fish. The hot spots are along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and near the Cell. There are some keepers inside local inlets as well.

Gray Trout should show in their usual holes over the next few of weeks.  Look for larger fish deep near the islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and along channel edges. Most grays will be in the four to eight pound range.

The backwaters of the Eastern Shore barrier islands are holding some tarpon.

Speckled trout are in inlets and on grass flats. Topwater action will pick up next month.

We are getting closer to the yellow belly spot run. It usually occurs the end of August or during the first part of September. They love blood worms.

High Hopes Sportfishing

Offshore anglers are finding dolphin, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, blue marlin and white marlin and a few sailfish.

Deep dropping for tilefish has been productive. On a recent trip Captain David Wright and crew onboard the High Hopes caught 6 citation blueline tiles. They also picked up a nice yellowfin tuna and lost a white marlin.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

This is prime billfish season along the mid-Atlantic coast. White and blue marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish are all available. Dolphin, wahoo and tuna fishing is excellent many days.

The 26th Annual Virginia Beach Open Marlin Tournament was held last week. Congratulation to the winners.  Here’s the run down.
1st Place– Sniper
2nd Place– Short Rigger
3rd Place– Freestyle
Top Tuna (65.1)- Sniper
Top Dolphin (16.5)- Mercenaria
Top Wahoo (39.6)- Desperado
Top Lady Angler– Alexise Congdon (Short Rigger)

Now everyone is looking forward to the 19th Annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament August 24-27 at Rudee Inlet.   And to our north, the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Maryland starts Aug 8th and runs thru the 12th.   The WMO tournament awards prize money for white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin and swordfish. Last year the event drew 444 boats, over 3,500 contestants, and paid out over $9.2 million dollars in prize money including the top individual awards of $3.2 million. Good luck to all the Virginia Beach crews fishing the Open.

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Inshore, outstanding cobia catches are being reported throughout the lower bay. Some really large ones have been landed recently, a few approaching 80 pounds. Live eels, live croaker are your best bait but they will hit artificial baits when spotted on the surface.

Ocean Pearl Charters

Spanish mackerel and blues are keeping charters busy. A gold Clark or Drone spoon seems to be working best. Mixed in with the spanish and blues are large numbers of ribbonfish. And don’t be surprised to pick up a nice king now.

Our flounder season is officially on now, quality fish are being weighed. Jigging bucktails dressed with strip bait or a scented Gulp work well. But remember big fish like big bait. A live spot should do the trick.

Connie at Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle says red drum are available along the channel above the 3rd and 4h islands of the CBBT.  They should continue to be available the rest of the summer.

Spadefish are around buoys and structure, Connie said they started biting much better in recent days.

Sheepshead are feeding on most bridge structures. Marsh crabs attached to a jig head will do the trick.

Dr Ken Neill

Speckled trout catches have been good recently on the flats and in rivers.

Good numbers of spot are starting to be caught in Chesapeake Bay tributaries. Spot fishing peaks in August and September.

The Virginia Beach Pier reports a nice variety of fish. Roundheads, rays, spot, blues, flounder and spanish.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

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High Hopes Sportfishing

Water temperatures are peaking in the low 80’s with lots of species available, the outstanding fishing continues along the Virginia coast .

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Hooked on Hope Virginia Beach had a great day on the Ocean Pearl!

Spanish mackerel provided great action again last week. Fantastic numbers and some nice size fish. Bluefish and ribbonfish are mixed in with them. Brian Dunn and crew had a great day catching spanish with Captain David Wright on the High Hopes and “The Hooked on Hope Virginia Beach” crew had a great day with Captain Steve Wray and Cheryl on the Ocean Pearl.

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Paige II Charters

Flounder fishing is picking up steam. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, bay and coastal wrecks, artificial reefs and inside Lynnhaven Inlet are good spots. Captain Craig Paige and crew on Paige II Charters saw good action.

Anglers continue catching cobia throughout the bay and along the coast. Chumming and using live or cut bait is working well. When fish are spotted near the surface anglers are sight-casting to them.

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Stan Simmerman

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Catch and Release Stripers

Large red drum are around the CBBT and along the coast. Puppy drum and small stripers are feeding inside local inlets, Little Creek, Rudee and Lynnhaven. Speckled trout numbers are decent throughout the lower bay and inlets.

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Limit on the Healthy Grin

There’s large sheepshead to be had along the CBBT. Dr Ken Neill caught a limit on a recent trip.

Look for spadefish around the CBBT islands and navigation buoys. Triggers and spades are hanging around coastal wrecks.

Tarpon have shown up on the Eastern Shore in the barrier islands backwaters.

The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier reported roundheads, rays, spot, blues, spanish, flounder  and hound fish.

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AquaMan, Game On Charters

Virginia bluewater action is fantastic from now until mid-September. White and blue marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish are showing in good numbers. Dolphin fishing is good. AquaMan Charters had a good day on the mahi!

Everyone is looking forward to the 19th Annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament on August 24-27 at Rudee Inlet. The Tournament was started in 2004 to raise funds for youth charity and marine conservation and to highlight the phenomenal fishing off Virginia Beach.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

62.3 pound cobia caught in the Monarch Cobia Tourney

Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 70’s everywhere and there are lots of Cobia throughout the bay. Sight casting is the most productive technique now. Live eels or live spot are your best baits but bucktails will work as well.

Spanish mackerel schools were harder to locate last week. The fish are scattered along the oceanfront from Sandbridge to Cape Henry and in the bay up to Reedville. Anglers are trolling Drone and Clark spoons behind line sinkers or planers.

Anglers are catching lots of ribbonfish on diving plugs.

Schools of red drum have been surfacing in the lower Bay. As long as no one spooks them angers can sight cast them.

Spadefish and Flounder on the Paige II

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

Dr Ken Neill and a nice sheepshead

Sheepshead continue to bite on structure.  Use marsh crabs on a jig head near bridge pilings.

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.

Ocean structures are holding flounder, spadefish, and seabass. The deeper wrecks hold seabass, tilefish and grouper. Amberjack are around the towers. If you are heading to the windmills you can check out the following link to get real time weather:  http://rt.eolosconnect.com. There are two weather buoys you can click on to get real-time condition info.

Golden Tile, Barrellfish, Black Sea Bass and a limit of Blueline Tilefish on the High Hopes

The charter boats are bringing in yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, big eye tuna, and mahi. White marlin releases are on the rise.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

Our summer fishing pattern is at the half way point. Water temps range from 81 up the bay, 75 near Fisherman’s Island and 78 along the oceanfront. At the canyons its in the mid 70’s.

47 pound cobia weighed at Long Bay Pointe Marina

Cobia action is still very good and should continue through the summer. Live eels and live spot are the best baits now. Try chumming in areas where fish are known to hang out. Look for them near ocean and bay buoys and along the CBBT.

Schools of red drum are popping up near the third and fourth islands. If you can’t find fish to sight cast try anchoring and chumming near shoals.

Ocean Pearl Charters On The Spanish

Spanish mackerel fishing is good! Drone or Clark spoons pulled behind a planer or an in-line sinker will do the trick. Watch for breaking fish under birds ,work tidelines and shoal edges.

Spadefish are around structure and fall for pieces of clam. Once they are spotted chumming can draw them off the structure and keep them near the boat.

Hunter Southall

Sheepshead fishing is outstanding right now. Fish in the 10 to 15 pound class are available. Anglers are attaching a marsh crab to a medium size bottom sweeper jig head and fishing it tight against structure like pilons of the CBBT.

Good reports of flounder are coming from the CBBT area, the Cell and all the artificial reefs.

The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is reporting spanish, blues, flounders and small roundheads.

High Hopes Sportfishing Offshore Catch

Boats deep dropping on shallow ocean wreck are catching flounder and Sea bass. Deeper wrecks are holding sea bass and tilefish.

Offshore bluewater anglers are catching yellowfin tuna, big eye tuna, dolphin, wahoo and swordfish.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Report

Ocean Pearl Charters

Beautiful day on the water for Ocean Pearl Charters, and the fish decided to cooperate as well. The Spanish were no problem. Visibility was perfect. They saw 15 cobias, 13 didn’t want to bite, but 2 did. 1 was a short and 1 was a beautiful 48 incher.

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.

Knot Wish’n Custom Charters. Quality and quantity now!

A nice class of spanish mackerel are available along the ocean front, near the CBBT and as far north as the York Spit area. Taylor blues are mixed in. Charter boats are trolling small Drone or Clark spoons behind small planers. With so many large mackerel around the Virginia State record of 9 pounds, 13 ounces could be in jeopardy!

Many are returning with both spanish and spadefish. Look for spades around the Chesapeake Light Tower, ocean and bay buoys and the pilings and rock islands of the CBBT. Spades fall to fresh clam. Float a small piece on a small hook in front of them. Once sighted many anglers like chumming the fish up behind the boat.

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Randy Morton

Sheepshead are hanging around structure. They feed on barnacles and crabs that live on the columns.  On May 30, 2022, Randy Morton fishing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel landed a 4.14-kilogram (9-pound, 2-ounce) sheepshead. Randy can potentially set the IGFA Men’s 4-kg (8 lb) Line Class World Record for the species. This large sheepshead fell for a fiddler crab on a jighead and was landed after a short fight. Randy took it to Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle for an official weight on a certified scale. This record is currently pending and under review. Congratulation Randy!

A number of anglers found large schools of red drum this week. Anglers are having success sight casting and bottom fishing.

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Captain Paige, Paige II Charters reports good flounder fishing now!

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.

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

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.

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Keith Newman brought his father n law out for a day of offshore fishing on the High Hopes. They pulled the hook on a swordfish, caught a few bottom fish in addition to three pretty yellowfin tuna!

Offshore bluewater anglers are catching 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

Virginia Beach’s offshore Bluewater action is getting better by the day, white marlin; yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, wahoo and gaffer dolphin. Blue marlin encounters will increase in July and peak in August … just in time for the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament.

Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament Winner Marlin Maniac

The 18th annual Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament took place over the weekend. Over one hundred teams competed for more than $290,000.00’s in prize money. MARLIN MANIAC took first place at 258.3 pounds, LULU finished runner up at 222.4 and third went to LORIEV at 173 pounds. Final leaderboard.

High Hopes Sportfishing

Offshore deep droppers are still catching plenty of tilefish and sea bass.

Spanish mackerel and ribbonfish continue to bite along the oceanfront. Spanish should be available near tide rips in the Bay.

Dr Neill tagging cobia

Cobia action remains excellent. Most are falling to live bait fished in chum slicks.

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

Connie Barbour at Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle said there are a lot of sheepsheads hanging around the CBBT.

Big red drum are still plentiful throughout the lower Bay.

Catching flounder on the Paige II

Flounder catches are on the rise at the CBBT, around inshore wrecks and artificial reefs throughout the lower bay and along the coast. Coastal wrecks are also holding bluefish, amberjacks and triggerfish.

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

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