Paige II Charters Update

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Knot Wish’n Charters Update

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High Hopes Charters Update

Family fishing trips are in full swing! High Hopes can take up to 15.  Highlight of your summer!



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Virginia Beach Fishing Rundown

High Hopes Charters

Last week started off with everyone stuck at the dock. But after the wind died down the good fishing continued. There’s a good variety of fishing to choose from this time of year.

Offshore, the tuna action is red hot! And the fish are close to home, near the 900 line. Most boats have their limit before 11 am. VBSF sponsor Captain David Wright on the High Hopes filled his box by 9:15 am. Most captains completed their day deep dropping for golden tilefish or swordfish. Hope the tuna bite stays good into August. The Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament runs July 29th – August 1st, 2020. Weigh stations for the VBTT are at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center and Long Bay Pointe Marina.

Rudee Angler Tilefish Action!

The Rudee Angler Headboat, sailing from the Virginia Beach Fishing Center had an outstanding week catching golden tilefish. They also run shorter nearshore and inshore trips.

Ocean Pearl Charters

Good Spanish mackerel fishing continued along the oceanfront and in the lower bay. Most fish are being caught using Clark or Drone spoons tie directly to a 20-30 foot mono leader run behind a planer or in-line trolling sinker. Captain Beck from Knot Wish’n Charters said once the weather cleared the water was a little cooler and churned up, but they found some quality spanish mackerel. Captain Steve Wray, Ocean Pearl Charters out of Long Bay Pointe Marina put his crew on the spanish as well. Mackerel numbers should continue to increase in the coming days.

Healthy Grin Action

Cobia action is excellent. Most anglers are fishing live bait in chum slicks. But always have a rod ready to sight cast. Last Friday Dr. Ken Neill and co-worker Meghan Wells tagged and released 3 cobia before the sharks moved in.

Sheepsheads are hanging around structure. Look for them around the Cell, CBBT, Plantation Light, York Spit Light, the buoys at the mouth of the bay, the Chesapeake Light Tower, Tower Reef, and any wreck you can find.

Paige II Charters

Spadefish are around buoys, pylons of the CBBT and the Chesapeake Light Tower. Anglers fishing with Aquaman Charters did well last week and Captain Craig Paige, Paige II Charters got in on the action.

Big red drum are still plentiful throughout the lower Bay. Latimer Shoal and the shallow water near the northern section of the CBBT are where most of the fish are caught.

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. Connie Barbour at Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle says some flounder have been landed inside local inlets.

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

The newest species to target are big amberjacks, they are at the towers. Coastal wrecks are holding bluefish, amberjacks and triggerfish.

VBSF would like to send prayers to the family of Captain Bill Jenkins who lost his life during a charter this week while trying to save an entangled sea turtle. Bill was running a charter fishing trip Thursday when he noticed a sea turtle tangled in some sort of rope a couple of miles off Virginia Beach. He decided to jump in to free the creature. He began to struggle, members of his charter jumped in to help, as another called 911 for help. God bless he and his family.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Rundown

121 Pound Big Eye Tuna on the HIGH HOPES

There are plenty of options for Virginia saltwater anglers now!

Captain Jake Beck from Knot Wish’n charters says …. “Summer is here, water temps are cool in the morning and warm to 75 in the afternoon. The spanish bite is In full effect and lots cobia and red drum are migrating north.”

Both cobia and drum are available throughout the lower bay. The cobia action is outstanding. They are being caught from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to Windmill Point. Catches are also coming from the oceanfront just offshore. Anglers are chumming and sight casting, sight casting seems to be how most fish are encountered. Anglers fishing the bottom with cut bait are picking up the trophy red drum. The area around the Bridge Tunnel Islands and the Eastern Shore shoals are hot spots.

Matthew Kuehn at the tower

The spadefish and sheepshead are on structure now. Most of the big spades are coming from the Chesapeake Light Tower. The sheepshead are hanging around bridge pilings. Look for both these fish to thicken up at the Bay Bridge Tunnel and The Cell. 8 pounds is the minimum size for a state trophy recognition citation spade fish.

Flounder action is picking up inside the bay. Large flounder are showing up near the bridge tunnel. There have been some catches coming from inside Rudee and Lynnhaven Inlets as well.

The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier reports spots, nice roundheads, a few blues , a few Spanish and skates.

Captain Nolan Agner from Aquaman Charters says his crews are targeting spanish mackerel and spadefish inshore and tuna, tilefish and seabass offshore. Offshore bottom fishing remains good. Some of the VBSF charter sponsors run these trips on request. The Rudee Angler runs regular deep dropping trips all summer. You need to book early!

Aquaman Charters Action Shot!

Virginia’s offshore tuna season is picking up. Yellowfin and bigeye tuna catches are showing up on local docks. Captain David Wright and crew on the High Hopes landed a really nice 121 big eye tuna Saturday. To the south in Carolina, boats have found schools of yellow fin and big eye tuna mixed, busting the surface. There have also been some good tuna catches reported to our north by boats fishing from Ocean City, MD. So now Virginia captains will have to decide which way to run each morning. Look for dolphin catches to pick up anytime.


The surf is providing pompano, bluefish, and sea mullet. There have been some large sharks landed in the Nags Head and Hatteras surf. There are still some big drum around Hatteras.

Offshore boats have been limiting early on tuna with a lots of big eye tuna in the mix.

Inshore boats are catching blues and large spanish mackerel to 6 pounds trolling. Sheepshead and puppy drum are available in the sound and near bridges.

The piers reported sea mullets, blues, few Spanish, and lots of skates.

A big congratulations to Pelagic Hunter II on being the second outboard boat to ever win the 62nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. Their 495.2-pound marlin topped the leaderboard.



Reely cranking…

Behind the Scenes: view from the bridge of happy fishing folks cranking them in aboard the Rudee Angler on this week’s offshore trip

Posted by Rudee Tours on Sunday, June 14, 2020

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Virginia Beach Fishing Rundown

Jayson Downs 57 pounds!

Virginia Beach’s inshore fishing action is starting to peak. Cobia, spanish mackerel, red and black drum, sheepshead and spadefish are all available now.

In the bay look for red drum near breakers along the northern portion of the CBBT and close to Fisherman’s Island. Black drum should be available around the islands of the CBBT.

Sheepshead are feeding on the CBBT pilings. Look for schools of spadefish around structure, buoys, towers and the CBBT.

Flounder are starting to bite along the CBBT and inside all three southside inlets.

Speckled trout action has slowed. The best locations to try are on the Poquoson Flats, in Eastern Shore bayside inlets, in all three southside inlets and along the beach.

Virginia Beach Pier anglers are catching spanish mackerel, bluefish, spot, roundhead, trout, skates and rays. The water temperature under the pier is 69°.

Offshore, Virginia bluewater trollers can expect increasing numbers of yellowfin tuna. Dolphin, wahoo and billfish will follow closely. Amberjack have started showing up around the offshore towers.

Deep-droppers can expect tilefish, grouper, red-bellied rosefish and other species. The headboats at Rudee Tours have been catching a variety of bottom dwellers on their deep drop trips.

Last week Captain Nolan at Aquaman Charters says his inshore crews caught spanish mackerel, a few cobia and spadefish. And his offshore deep drop trips produced nice catches of tilefish and sea bass.

Captain Todd and Jake Beck at Knot Wish’n Charters caught quality spanish mackerel and expect numbers to increase with rising water temperatures. They picked up bull red drum while trolling and by sight casting. They encountered cobia moving north along the oceanfront.

Captain David Wright on the High Hopes has been picking up nice spanish mackerel on his inshore charters. He will be running offshore charters very soon.

Dr Ken Neill has been targeting cobia mostly. On his last trip he caught six chumming.


Offshore, tuna fishing has been red hot. This week a bunch of big eye tuna showed up. Dolphin numbers are good and billfish have been hooked and released. A lot of OBX boats are fishing in the Big Rock Marlin Tournament this coming week.

Closer to the beach, cobia, red drum, spanish mackerel and bluefish have been plentiful.

Speckled trout catches along the beach and in the sounds have been excellent. Puppy drum and striped bass have also been available.

Surfcasters are catching sea mullet, croaker, bluefish, blow toads, pompano and short flounder.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Rundown

Aquaman Chartres

Oceanfront fishing is improving each day as the water continues to warm and weather patterns become more consistent. The water temperature along the Virginia Beach oceanfront has topped 70 degrees now, along with the warm water comes our spanish mackerel and spadefish seasons.

Knot Wish’n Charters

Captain Todd Beck, Knot Wisn’n Charters reported the first spanish mackerel of the year being caught and seeing several schools of large red drum and cobia along the oceanfront. Captain Nolan Agner from Aquaman Charters said his crew had a good week, they picked up spanish, bluefish, two cobia and two red drum on their inshore trips.

The first spadefish were caught last week. Look for them around buoys and at the Light Tower.

Top water action around the Islands of the Bay Bridge Tunnel is good for small bluefish and stripers.

Red and black drum are available on and around the shoals near fisherman’s island. They should be feeding there most of the summer.

Rudee Inlet is holding both speckled and gray trout, puppy drum, flounder and decent size bluefish, but catching has been inconsistent.

Connie at Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle said anglers are starting to see more flounder in Lynnhaven Inlet and that puppy drum are still biting inside the Inlet. He said crews departing from Long Creek have found spanish mackerel off Cape Henry.

Dr Ken Neill on the Healthy Grin has been enjoying some preseason catch and release cobia fishing. On one trip he caught and released six cobia, missed others, and pulled the hook on one. On another trip he caught two, missed two. Ken says the guys going today (opening day) should do very well. Don’t forget there is a required (free) cobia permit again this year along with mandatory reporting.

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Further offshore, last week VBSF sponsor the Rudee Angler enjoyed a good seabass trip. They offer inshore trips daily and their offshore trips are scheduled on Thursday’s and Saturday’s. Captain Nolan, Aquaman Charters ran an offshore deep drop trip last week, they caught sea bass and blueline tilefish and several golden tilefish up to 35 pounds.


Trout fishing soundside has been excellent, with lots of large fish being caught.

Cobia are plentiful along the oceanfront and there are plenty of spanish around for inshore boats.

Sheepshead fishing around the Oregon Inlet bridge is good.

Surf fishing has been fair with sea mullet, blues, black drum, puppy drum on the northern beaches and some big drum and pompano in the Hatteras surf.

When weather permits tuna fishing is great, limits of yellowfin and scattered bigeyes, some topping 200 pounds.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Rundown

The end of May …. Our spring saltwater fishery is slowly transitioning to the summer season. The fishing will continue to improve almost everywhere.

Red and black drum are plentiful on bay shoals near the eastern shore. The Nautilus shoal area is the hot spot right now.

Cobia have entered our waters and made their way up the Bay to the Poquoson flats. Our capture season is closed for a few more days, it opens June 1st. There are impressive numbers to our south off of Nags Head, headed our way!

Captain Todd Beck, Knot Wish’n charters enjoyed some outstanding puppy drum fishing in Rudee Inlet this weekend, he said it was as good as it gets. His charters also picked up a nice class of bluefish. With the large bluefish cruising inside the inlet, the speckled trout were shy. There has also been some nice size bluefish caught inside Lynnhaven inlet. Some puppy drum and flounder are showing inside Lynnhaven inlet as well. The flounder should be available around coastal wrecks and along the CBBT anytime.

This year the water temperature has been a little slow to rise compared to last year. While spanish mackerel have entered the bay already, when the water hits the magical number of 70 it will really pick up.

Striped bass and bluefish remain around the CBBT islands. Look for some small stripers to be caught inside local inlets.

Sheepshead should be hanging around the CBBT pilings and other structure in the lower bay.

Spadefish should be available at the Chesapeake Light Tower.

Sea bass season reopens June 22 and catches will be good on the ocean wrecks. VBSF sponsor the Rudee headboat fleet has a 17 hour trip scheduled for them May 29 and an all-day trip May 30.

Tuna fishing has been good to our south. A few Virginia boats have made the run down. Dolphin fishing has picked up off the OBX, NC. A little closer to home tilefish and grouper are being caught by deep-droppers.


There is good inshore cobia fishing up and down the beach.

Sheepshead are being caught around bridge pylons.

Trout are plentiful soundside, actions is best early morning. Anglers fishing near the little bridge on the Nags Head – Manteo causeway have been doing well, catching fish up to 22 inches.

Ocean surf anglers are catching sea mullet, blues, puppy drum and some toadfish.

Anglers are still catching large red drum at the point in Buxton.

Offshore guys have had good catches of yellowfin tuna and dolphin. The dolphin fishing is set to really take off.

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Knot Wish’n Fishing Update

Captain Todd and Captain Jake checked in with VBSF today. Todd’s Saturday morning charter got into some red hot action inside Rudee Inlet.  The puppy drum were hungry. They also hooked into some nice sized blues and picked up a small flatfish.

They are gearing up for some ocean fishing. Captain Todd says the water temperature should be hitting 70 degrees very soon, and then it’s game on for some spanish mackerel action. They will be on the lookout for big schools of bull red drum and cobia. Mackerel trolling action can turn into cobia or drum sight casting in an instant!

Captain Jake will be back onboard June 1st. Todd says don’t miss out on Virginia Beach’s great June fishing! Give him or Jake a call!

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Virginia Beach Fishing Rundown

Corey Rudiger

Big red and black drum are available in their usual locations. For the next several weeks the lower Chesapeake Bay will be home to some of the best big drum fishing found anywhere in the world. Look for red drum to be on the shoals and breakwaters surrounding the southern tip of the Eastern Shore. Look for them near the islands of the CBBT. Night fishing has been excellent, but now anglers are starting to see reds on the surface and sight cast to them during daylight. The best black drum location is along the shallow channel ledge running from Fisherman’s Island to near Kiptopeake, the Cabbage Patch and the Concrete Ships.

Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle reported stripers and bluefish up in Long Creek. Connie Barbour says some of the bluefish caught near the Lesnrer bridge measured up to 30 inches. Stripers are now available in most Bay tributaries. The Bay’s spring striped bass season runs May 16 through June 15. The minimum size limit is 20 inches, maximum size limit is 28 inches. The possession limit is 1 per person.

Captain Todd Beck from Knot Wish’n Charters says the trout bite in local inlets has slowed in both consistency and size. The water temp along the oceanfront was 65 degrees on Saturday and once it hits 70 the bluefish and spanish bite will really turn on.  Captain Nolan Agner, Aquaman Charters said his crew caught some big red drum along the oceanfront and their first few blues and spanish of the season. Last summers spanish mackerel fishing was outstanding. The fish were large, hopefully we’ll see another great season like last.

The Rudee Head Boats caught croaker, speckled sea trout, spotted hake, roundhead and bluefish this past weekend.

A couple of Rudee boats made the very long run down to the Point off Oregon Inlet NC and were rewarded with some nice yellowfin tuna.

Cobia season in Virginia opens June 1 and a few fish have already been caught and released in Virginia waters. This past weekend large schools were just outside Oregon Inlet, NC. Anglers were finding them from the inlet to Jennette’s pier. Most of these schools will enter the Bay in the coming days.

Bill Knapp

Some quality sized Tautogs to 10 to 12 pounds were caught before the season closed.

Anglers on the Virginia Beach Pier are catching blues, trout, spot, roundheads and skates.

Inshore on the Peninsula side anglers have been finding specks and pups in the flats. Anglers reported some decent spot. Some black drum have been landed on the James River fishing pier.


Some great cobia fishing took place over the weekend near Oregon inlet. Anglers were finding schools of two dozen or more swimming together. A few cobia were landed in the surf as well.

Surf anglers are finding blues, sea mullet, toads, trout and few pompano. Several big drum were caught at the point in Buxton.

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The offshore tuna bite had been on fire but slowed a little over the weekend. There are scattered dolphin and wahoos in the mix. Some nice gaffer mahi were caught off Ocracoke and Atlantic Beach NC. Those fish are moving north, the best is yet to come.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Rundown

First VBSF Black Drum Report!


Just as our spring species are arriving in coastal waters the Virginia charter boat closure has been lifted!! Captains are booking trips again, check with your favorite captain for the latest COVID19 chartering regulations.

We received our first black drum report and picture from Craig Irwin this week. Black drum love fresh clam. Craig said they should be available until mid-June. The black drum minimum size limit is 16 inches and you are allowed one fish per person. Virginia Citations are awarded for fish 80 pounds and over and release citations for fish 46 inches and greater. The state record is 111 pounds caught in 1973 by Betty D. Hall.

Captain Todd Beck (Knot Wish’n Charters) says trout fishing in Rudee is good, but crowded. Weekends are especially crowed with the popularity of kayak fishing. He reports the ocean temperature along the beach at 60 degrees now, just right for additional large schools of reds to make their way up from Carolina, its time. Last week he did some scouting south of the inlet looking for them, but didn’t run across any. Some are already on the shoals near Fisherman’s Island, fishing for them should continue to improve over the next few weeks. Dr Ken Neill is off to a good start; he’s already caught reds on the shoals on multiple trips. Fishing fresh crabs or live bait produces the best action. Remember, all red drum over 26 inches must be released. The slot limit for keepers is 18 inches to a max of 26 inches. The limit is 3 per person. Virginia Citations are awarded for released fish 46 inches and greater.

Tautog action is still good and should remain so until the close of the season. The tog season closes from May 16 thru June 30. Minimum size limit is 16 inches and the possession limits are 4 per person. A Virginia Citation is awarded for fish over 9 Lbs. The state record is 24 lbs 3 oz and was caught in 2012 by Dr Ken Neill.

Long Bay Pointe Bait and Tackle has beautiful fiddler crabs, peeler crabs, and female hard shell sponge crabs in stock


This time of year Eastern Shore inlets near Assateague, Chincoteague, Oyster and Wachapreague are the hot spot for flounder fishing. There should be a few flounder available inside Rudee and Lynnhaven inlets and near the CBBT, but we haven’t received many reports yet. Drifting flounder rigs with a minnow tipped with a strip of squid works well. The minimum size limit is 16 1/2 inches. The possession limit is 4 per person. Virginia Citations are awarded for fish 6 pounds or greater. The state record stands at 17 lbs. 8 oz., caught in 1971 by Charles E. Cross.

Striped bass and bluefish are hanging around the bridge tunnel islands and inside local inlets. The Bay’s spring striped bass season runs May 16 through June 15. The minimum size limit is 20 inches, maximum size limit is 28 inches. The possession limit is 1 per person.

Sheepshead and spadefish should be arriving. Look for the sheepshead on structure and around the bridge tunnel piles, and the spades around bay buoys and the light tower.

Croaker should be available under piers on the lower bay and in the York River.

Anglers have started seeing and now catching cobia off Hatteras. They should start arriving in Virginia waters within 2 weeks. Remember the Virginia capture season does not open until June 1. Captains of vessels fishing for cobia must obtain a Recreational Cobia Permit from VMRC and report all cobia fishing activity (trips with harvest, trips without harvest, and no activity if permit is not used) for all individuals on board. Individual anglers that target cobia from a pier or a shore must obtain a Recreational Cobia Permit from the VMRC and report all of their cobia fishing activity (trips with harvest, trips without harvest, and no activity if permit is not used). Permits can be obtained online here or at an MRC Licensing Agent. Reporting can be done online through the Saltwater Journal or using forms provided by the VMRC.

Offshore yellowfin tuna are available for anglers making the long run to the southeast. Fishing should pick up closer to home in the coming weeks. Deep-dropping is producing blueline tilefish and some big golden tiles. A few snowy grouper and bluefish are also available.

The Rudee headboats are booking 17 hour offshore trips for May 16, 21, 28th. Daily, half day trips start on the 16th May. Give them a call and book’em up.


Photo from Sea Breeze Charters

On North Carolina’s Outer Banks the red drum fishing continues to be good around Hatteras Island. Surfcasters are catching bluefish, speckled trout, puppy drum, blow toads, a few striped bass and lots of skates.

In the sound, speckled trout and small striped bass have been caught.

Boaters are finding a few cobia off Hatteras Inlet. That action is only going to get better in the coming weeks. Spanish mackerel fishing is excellent.  Coastal wrecks should be holding amberjack, spadefish, triggerfish and sea bass.

Yellowfin tuna are providing outstanding action for boats sailing from both Oregon and Hatteras inlets. Many boats have caught their limit by 10 am. The tunas are averaging 40 to 50 pounds. Dolphin numbers are on the rise. The season’s first billfish has been boated.

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Long Bay Pointe Bait & Tackle News

We are open! … We’ve extended out hours to serve you better: 6:00 am til 8:00 pm.

Our gas and diesel pumps are back online and we have beautiful fiddler crabs, peeler crabs, and female hard shell sponge crabs in stock! Come and see us! We can help you will all your tackle needs.

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High Hopes Getting Ready To Go

Captain David Wright is getting ready for the 2020 fishing season. As soon as VMRC gives the word it’s game on! Right now it looks like May 15th is the day. Booking trips after May 15th now.

The High Hopes is a 58 foot Gary Davis powered by twin 735 horsepower turbo diesels. Not only is she fast, fast and comfortable- she is loaded down with all the amenities. From built-in drink boxes to bluetooth capabilities!

We are all in this TOGETHER …. GO USA!!!

April 2020 ,,,, we clean our teak once a year wether it needs it or not . VMRC still has us on lockdown til June 10th as of this post . Still booking our days after , we are all in this TOGETHER , GO USA 🇺🇸#croswaitcustomcomposites #pennreels #greentophuntfish

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