Good Virginia Beach Fishing Continues

With the college football season upon us and days away from school starting, the vacationing crowd will thin out considerably. But as we cruise towards the end of the summer … good opportunities remain for local anglers.

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.

Spanish mackerel are still being caught along the oceanfront and in the Bay to the Potomac River. 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.

A lot of nice king mackerel have been caught along the coast lately. They are most likely feeding on the large number of ribbonfish in our waters.

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 quick limits every day. Sight casting with live eels is the most effective method.

Red drum are still around but catches slowed last week.

Spadefish are hanging around the CBBT. The size of the spades is smaller than those caught earlier in this season. Triggerfish are also hanging around the pilings and a few tautog are being caught as well.

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.

Offshore fishing is good. Anglers are catching tuna, wahoo, dolphin and blue and white marlin. The Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament is taking place this weekend. You can checkout the standing at


Overall surf fishing is slow. Anglers are catching a few croaker and pompano down on Hatteras Island and some bluefish around Oregon Inlet.

Soundside on the Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway action is slow, a few small croaker, trout, flounder and black drum.

Outer Banks pier anglers are catching a few spot, flounder, bluefish, pig fish and sand perch.

Boats fishing inshore are catching false albacore, bluefish, ribbonfish and spanish mackerel. Those fishing inside the inlet are catching bluefish and trout.

The OBX offshore fleet is returning with a few yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, dolphin and tilefish.

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Good Late Summer Fishing Action In Virginia

Paige II Charters

Some nice flounder limits were had this week. Jigged buck tails are producing … but drifting with live bait  entices the larger fish. The hot spots are along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and near the Cell. There are some keeper inside local inlets as well. Captain Craig Paige, Paige II Charters landed some nice ones on his last trip. (above)

Spanish mackerel catch numbers slowed a bit this week. But there’s still some nice ones around. It’s been a great season, with many fish in the four to five pound range.

King Mackerel are making a nice showing along the coast. Kings to fifty pounds have been weighed lately.

The cobia bite is still red hot and should remain so into September.  And large schools of red drum continue cruising in the lower bay.

Gray Trout are making a good showing, hopefully signaling a come back for the species. Look for larger fish in deep holes near the islands of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and along channel edges. Most grays are in the four to eight pound range. The state record is 19 pounds and was caught at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in 1983 by Philip W. Halstead.

Spadefish catches are still good. Most catches are coming from around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Sheepshead are feeding on the pilings of the Bridge Tunnel.

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

Speckled trout are in inlets and on grass flats. Topwater action will pick up in September. Eastern Shore actions has been good recently.

Offshore anglers are finding dolphin, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, blue marlin and white marlin and a few sailfish. The big news from Rudee Inlet this week was that a pending Virginia State record swordfish was caught. The charter boat Rebel weighted a 466 pounder at Rudee’s Inlet Marina. Congratulations!

Deep dropping for tilefish is productive, a fifty five pound blueline was caught earlier this week. The Rudee Angler headboat makes regular tips. Give them a call to get in on the action.


Surf fishing overall is slow. A few sea mullet and croakers north of Avon and some spanish and pompano south of the point.

Anglers on the Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway are catching small puppy drum, flounder, trout and croakers.

The OBX pier report is: Avalon: spot, sea mullet, bluefish, flounder. Nags Head: spot, mullet, trout, false albacore. Jennette’s: black sea bass, croaker, sea mullet, triggers, spot, bluefish and false albacore. Outer Banks: spot.

Inshore boats are catching spanish and ribbonfish. Inshore sound side anglers are catching speckled trout.

The offshore fleet is catching plenty meat fish, dolphin, blackfin tuna, yellowfin tuna and wahoo. A few billfish are released daily.

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Virginia It’s Time To Head Offshore

188 lb yellowfin caught in Carolina this week!

This is prime billfish season along the mid-atlantic coast. White and blue marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish are all available now. Dolphin and tuna fishing is excellent many days ….. It’s exciting to see a few BIG yellowfin tuna being caught this year. One recently topped the scales at 188 pounds. Most have been caught in Carolina waters. Generally yellowfin that size are caught on the west coast. Its nice to see some showing up here.

The Ocean City White Marlin Open Tournament was held last week and Virginia Beach was well represented. The VB boat Chasin’ Tail, skippered by Captain Butch Davis took second place with a 74 pound white marlin. His angler was Nate Walker also from Virginia Beach. Team Backlash and Captain Steve Richardson finished third with a 73.5-pound white marlin. The fish was caught by Michael Wagner and worth $1.5 million in prize money. Congratulations to all.

The 30th annual Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies-Only Billfish Tournament out of Manteo, NC is underway now. The 36th annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament begins Aug. 12 and runs thru the 16th. After that the tournament calendar points to Rudee Inlet. The 17th annual Wine, Women and Fishing ladies-only event is Aug. 17-18, followed by the 16th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament on Aug. 21-24.

Knot Wish’n Charters

Inshore, 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 an unusually large number of ribbonfish. And don’t be surprised to pick up a nice king. Several nice one were landed close in this week.

Key Dreams Charters

Our flounder season is officially on now. Limits of 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.

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.

Red Drum are still available and should continue to be the rest of the summer.

Kevin Williams caught these on the Eastern Shore

Speckled Trout catches have been good recently.

There are good numbers of spot being caught in Chesapeake Bay tributaries. Spot fishing peaks in August and September.

The Virginia Beach Pier reports a nice variety of fish. Cobia, black drum, puppy drum, flounder and spanish.


Surf anglers on the northern beaches are catching flounder, sea mullet and spot. On Hatteras Island the catch has consisted of pompano, bluefish, spanish, croakers and sea robin.

The OBX pier rundown goes like this.

Avalon: Tiggers and spanish.
 Nags Head: spanish, bluefish, croaker and flounder.
Jennette’s: spanish, bluefish, croaker and flounder. Outer Banks: flounder, spot and sea mullet. Soundside anglers on the Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway report trout and a variety of bottom fish.

Soundside boaters are catching trout, flounder, striped bass and sheepshead.

The near shore boats are picking up spanish, ribbonfish, bluefish and yes a few dolphin.

The offshore fleet is catching limits of dolphin. There are plenty of yellowfin around and a few wahoo.  Billfish are being caught and released daily. Amberjack are around towers and on structure.

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46th Annual White Marlin Open Winners

Ocean City, MD – For the first time in White Marlin Open history there is a two-time champion. Tommy Hinkle’s day 4 catch of 79.5 pounds earned the Ocean City resident a pay day of $1.46 million. Hinkle also won the event in 2008 with a catch of 81 pounds.

Chasin’ Tail from Virginia Beach with Capt. Butch Davis finished second with a 74-pound white marlin caught on Monday. The fish was reeled in by Nate Walker of Virginia Beach.

The Backlash from Virginia Beach with Capt. Steve Richardson at the helm finished third at 73.5-pounds. The fish was reeled in by Maryland resident Michael Wagner and was worth $1.5 million . This is Captain Steve second trip to the winners circle. He captured the 2015 WMO with a fish caught by Virginia Beach’s Cheryl McLesky.

Congratulations to all the winners.


79.5lbs, Fish Whistle, Tommy Hinkle $1,460,000.00


74lbs, Chasin Tail, Nathan Walker,$135,000


73.5lbs, Backlash, Michael Wagner, $1,500,000.00



465.5lbs, Haulin N Ballin, Craig Dickerson, $740,000.00



201lbs, Crisdel, Russell Garufi $940,000.00


145.5lbs, Mjolnir, Ronnie Fields, $130,000.00


135lbs, The Right Place, Mike DiPascali, $36,000.00


121lbs, Reeldiculous, Graham Ward, $100,000.00


62lbs, Sea Ment, Jeff Landis, Sr., $40,000.00



82lbs, The Natural, Kyle McLaughlin, $18,000.00



35.5lbs, Game Changer, Rob Howes, $18,000.00


For the complete rundown visit ….

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Great Fishing, Lots of Species Available

High Hopes Charters

The outstanding fishing continues along the Virginia coast … with a lot of species available.

Spanish mackerel continue providing great action. Fantastic numbers and some nice size fish. Bluefish and ribbonfish are mixed in with them.

After a slow start flounder fishing is picking up steam. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, bay and coastal wrecks, artificial reefs and inside Lynnhaven Inlet are good spots.

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.

Knot Wish’n Charters

Large red drum are around the CBBT and along the coast. Puppy drum are feeding inside local inlets, Little Creek, Rudee and Lynnhaven ….. Rudee Inlet is still full of small stripers.

There’s a few sheepshead to be had along the CBBT.

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

Speckled trout numbers are decent throughout the lower bay and inlets.

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

The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier reported roundhead, blues at the end of the pier, and flounder in the surf zone.

Our local offshore marlin tournaments should be great! Virginia bluewater action is fantastic right now. White and blue marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish are showing in good numbers. Dolphin fishing is fantastic. Maryland had a new state record dolphin caught last week.

The 46th annual White Marlin Open out of Ocean City MD is the first tournament up, August 5-9. Then comes the the 30th annual Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies-Only Billfish Tournament out of Manteo, NC on Aug. 10-11 and then the 36th annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament on Aug. 12-16. After that the tournament actions gets real local, at Rudee Inlet. The 17th annual Wine, Women and Fishing ladies-only event Aug. 17-18, followed by the 16th annual Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament on Aug. 21-24.

Offshore deep-droppers are catching limits of tilefish. Amberjacks (wreck donkeys) are at the towers.


Spanish, pompano, sea mullet, flounder and bluefish are scattered along the OBX from Kitty Hawk to Hatteras Island.

The OBX pier report goes like this, Avalon: mullet, bluefish and triggers. Nags Head: flounder, mullet, bluefish, and blow toads. Jennette’s: pigfish, gray trout, sea mullet. Outer Banks: gray trout, sea mullet and pigfish. Anglers on the Little Bridge on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway are catching trout and bottom fish.

Inshore boats are catching trout, stripers, ribbonfish, spanish …. amberjack are on the near shore AR’s and around the Navy towers. Soundside fishermen are catching lots of trout.

The offshore fleet is catching limits of nice dolphin along with good numbers of yellowfin, black fin, a few wahoo. Daily a good number of blue marlin, white marlin and a few Sailfish are released.

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