Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report | Closed For 2017 Season

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report | Closed For 2017 Season

Well, we have seen another fishing season come and go at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. October 22nd was the final day for admission to the pier for 2017.

While the waters in the Virginia ocean and bays don’t see the massive schools of fish of years past, there were still a lot of fish and crabs caught by anglers.

Spring saw some really nice Roundhead, Blues and Speckled Trout. Blue crabs were extremely plentiful this year and started early, pretty much from opening day.

As the water warmed the Whiting stuck around and some Spanish Mackerel were caught on the morning and evening tides during many Summer days. Small Cobia showed up too. but the bigger fish didn’t seem to want what our pier anglers offered on most days.

Some Puppy Drum and Spadefish were picked up as Summer continued, but probably not quite in the numbers that most fishermen were looking for.

This Fall showed a marked improvement in the numbers of keeper size Spot over the last two or three seasons and that made the local fishermen happy.

Speckled Trout were caught in phenomenal numbers the last couple of months, but while the outlook for future seasons is good, most of the Spotted Sea Trout were under the 14″ size limit and had to be returned to the water. Every now and then though, a 3-5 pounder was caught by a lucky caster.

We hope to see you next year when we open the VA Beach Fishing Pier in April.

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report | September 25 2017

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report | September 25 2017

The season at the VA Beach Fishing Pier is winding down fast. This last week of Sept the hours of operation will be 8 AM to 10 PM. After that October hours will be 8 AM to 8PM.

Spot
Spot

Catches are consistent with what we expect in the Fall. Spot, Speckled Trout, Croaker and small Black Drum have been plentiful at times, but the daily runs we used to see are more sporatic.  Puppy Drum and Bluefish are available some days, but it’s really hard to predict when they will show up.

Puppy Drum

Some citation Red Drum have been caught along with the Sharks and Rays that cruise the coast this time of year.

Puppy Drum VA Beach Pier

The area has been spared the devastating weather that the hurricanes have been bringing areas south of us, but it has been rough along the Virginia coast and has definitely affected the fishing.this year.

Anglers can still look forward to some great fishing, but may have to tailor their trips to the fickle weather we can expect this time of year.

Give the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier a call at (757) 428-2333 for the latest fishing news.

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report | Sept 2017

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report | Sept 2017

I haven’t been able to log a fishing report for the VA Beach Pier for a while, but here’s the latest.

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier hours of operation have been cut back early this year. At the moment, we are open from 7AM to Midnight weather permitting. Please call ahead for any changes that may occur. (757)428-2333.

Summer has proven to be good for both fishing and crabbing. September is shaping up to be a typical fishing smorgasbord too.

Some nice runs of Spot have been seen in the last week or so. I watched some nice double-headers coming up Labor Day morning, which also occurred over the weekend.

Bloodworms and Fishbites, available in the Pier Tackle Shop, are the best baits, but hungry spot will sometimes eat other baits like Shrimp and Squid, just not as readily.Hopefully the water will cool down gradually so the fish hang around through the month and into October.

Spot fish Spot Fish At VA Beach Pier

 

A mixture of Speckled Trout and Puppy Drum have also been caught by anglers, just not every day.  Most have been just under their size limits so far, but some larger keeper fish should start showing soon. Speckles must be 14″ and Red Drum between 18″ to 26″. We usually look for schools of bait fish, like Mullet, showing up in the surf to really start seeing these and other game fish.

speckled trout redfish

Summer Flounder and Striped Bass can make a good showing some years and create a real treat for fishermen that know how to target them.

Nice Striped Bass VA Beach Fishing Pier

Pompano are another species that make up the nice variety of pier catches in the Fall.

Pompano

Typically, Blue Crab catches tend to slow down as we get into the Fall season, so you might want to put some in the freezer soon. You can pick the meat and freeze it for a real treat for special occasions.

Hopefully the weather will not stir up too much trouble this year. It certainly has been brutal in the Gulf and other areas around the country.

 

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report July 17 2017

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report July 17 2017

The Summer is flying by at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. While the Blue Crabs have been really plentiful this year, some nice fish are also being caught.

Spanish Mackerel have been providing anglers with some good action most days, they are delicious table fare as well. Most of the knowledgeable fishermen target Spanish at first light and late afternoon and evening, don’t let that stop you from casting lures at other times. I have seen them caught in the middle of the day and even in the lights on the water at night.

Gotcha Plugs, like those shown below, are good for many different species caught along the oceanfront.

GOTCHA LURES

Some days there are Bluefish and the occasional small Cobia or Striped Bass around the VA Beach Pier. Cut bait and lures can both work at times for these species.

Bottom fishing has produced a mixed bag, which is normal for this time of year. Some nice Roundhead are still being caught, along with Spot and Croaker with Bloodworms, Squid and Shrimp on double hook bottom rigs. These fish typically get bigger and swim in larger schools throughout the Summer months and well into the Fall.

While Spadefish have been less plentiful this Summer, some years see an increase in size and total catch as Fall approaches.

Summer Flounder not usually caught in large numbers on the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, some undersized fish and a few that surpass the 17 inch minimum size limit are reeled in this time of year.

And then there is the huge number of Blue Crabs being taken this season. We get female crabs almost exclusively in the ocean water, but they have tasty backfin and body meat, even though their claws are smaller than the male crab.

Be sure to call us at (757)425-2333 for the latest info.

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report July 3 2017

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report July 3 2017

The fishing and crabbing on the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier continues to be pretty good. A mixture of bottom fish like Spot, Croaker, Roundhead and some small Puppy Drum are being caught.

Anglers casting lures, like Gotcha plugs and Squid Spoons have had some really good afternoon and evening runs of Spanish Mackeral , with some fishermen catching their 15 fish limits. The minimum size is currently 14 inches for Spanish.

Spanish Mackeral On the VA Beach Pier     24 inch Spanish Mackeral

Bluefish are also being caught on the lures, but are likely to hit cut bait on a bottom rig or Fire Ball rig too, more than the Spanish. Bluefish limits are set at 10 fish per angler, but can be any size.

We hope to see the Spadefish catch increase as the water gets about as warm as we see it at the oceanfront. The tackle shop carries the clams used by most fishermen who target Spadefish.

This has been one of the best Blue Crab seasons we’ve seen on the VA Beach Pier in recent years. Crabbers can keep a bushel a day per person.

In the Ocean waters we see female crabs almost exclusively, so many are going to have egg sponges on their bellies. The ones with dark brown sponges need to be returned to the water with their eggs.

The females with the lighter yellow and orange sponges can be kept because they have laid their eggs. I have included a quick guide below.

Sharks, Rays and Skates are also available in the Summer.

Check in the Pier Tackle Shop for answers to any questions you may have about fishing and crabbing and any gear you need.

Hopefully the 2017 season will continue to be good at the Virginia Beach Pier and other local waters.

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Fishing Report June 19th 2017

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Fishing Report June 19th 2017

The fishing report for the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier has June showing a mixture of bottom fish, crabs and some fish taking artificial lures.

Spot and Roundhead have been taking Bloodworms,Squidand Fishbites (both bloodworm & clam flavor) everyday this month, but as always some days are better than others. Most fishermen have heard the “you should have been here yesterday” speech.

Some keeper Puppy Drum and Speckled Trout are always a nice possibility too.

 

Artificial lures like Gotcha plugs and silver spoons can catch Spanish Mackeral and Bluefish from the pier in the Summer. Targeting early or late in the day seem to be your best bet for these site-feeders, but don’t pass up the middle of the day if that is when you can put in some time casting. Not locking your mind to certain tides and times of day will increase your overall catch over time.

Some small Cobia have been seen and caught, but no keepers yet.

Cobia

Skates, Rays and Sharks populate the Virginia coast and are often caught from piers throughout the season

The VA Beach Fishing Pier has seen some Spadefish starting to be caught around the pilings, but there will probably be more action as the Summer progresses.

Again, crabbing has been great this season. Blue Crabs can be fun to catch for the whole family, plus if you have somewhere to cook them, they are delicious. Each person crabbing can keep a bushel a day, which is a lot of crabs.

If you don’t have your own fishing gear you can rent rods in the Pier Tackle Shop located on the pier. We don’t rent crabbing nets, but they are available for purchase, along with the proper baits.

As always, be sure to call 757-428-2333 for the latest fishing reports for the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier.

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report – June 1, 2017

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report – June 1, 2017

May turned out to be a productive month at the Va. Beach Fishing Pier. Some nice Bluefish, Speckled Trout and Small Stripers were available at different times throughout the month. A mixture of Spot and Roundhead have also been caught when bottom fishing with Bloodworms and Squid. While they are smaller in the Spring, as a rule, some decent fish have showed up.

The last few days some Spanish Mackerel have been caught with artificial baits, like Gotcha plugs and Squid Spoons, and we are looking forward to a good run this Summer.

Spanish Mackerel

The biggest news is probably the large amount of Blue Crabs being taken this year. While not everyone likes to crab, those who do are catching plenty. Lowering a crab net with a chicken neck tied inside is easy and fun for the whole family.

Blue Crab

Since the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is now Open 24/7 come anytime and enjoy the beach experience.

The Pier Tackle Shop is open 24 hrs for your fishing and crabbing needs. Ocean Eddie’s Restaurant and Pier Gift and Shell shops are also open on the pier.

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier 24/7 Summer Hours

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier 24/7 Summer Hours

The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier 24/7 Summer Hours of operation begin Friday May 26 2017. The pier will open at 8:00 AM and for the rest of the Summer be open around the clock.

The fishing this Spring has been pretty good, with a variety of species being caught.

Spot fishing
Double Header Spots

Most days recently we have had bottom fish like Spot, Roundhead and Perch. Some very nice Speckled Trout in the 2-4 pound class have been pleasing anglers at varying times and tides. More smaller Specks and Grey Trout have also been caught.

Speckled Trout VA Beach Fishing Pier

Bluefish are no longer showing up in the vast schools that were seen in the 70s, 80s and 90s, but some fish up to about 13 lbs have been caught. Smaller Blues in the 2-4 lb class are more readily available and they tend to be around all Summer long.

Blue Crabs are plentiful this season. If you don’t have any crab nets be sure to stop in the Pier Tackle Shop for all your crabbing needs. They are also open 24 hrs starting May 26th.

blue crab

 

Hope to see you soon at the VA Beach Fishing Pier.

 

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report April 22 2017

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report April 22 2017

This week has been very productive at the pier. Quite a few Bluefish and Stripers have been caught.  You can keep 10 Blues per person, but the Striped Bass are not in season in the ocean, so the have to be returned to the water.

We also have started seeing some nice Speckled Trout, Spring Spot and a couple of keeper Puppy Drum were brought up by anglers at the VA Beach Pier.

Water temps are climbing into the 60s and some Blue Crabs were caught on 4/18/17.

Looking forward to a good season.

VA Beach Fishing Pier Report April 15 2017

VA Beach Fishing Pier Report April 15 2017

We have really seen some nice weather this year in April. The normal water temp is still somewhat chilly (mid 50’s), but The Clear Nosed Skates are definitely waiting for you to feed them some bait.

Blowfish, aka Puffers, are also around this time of year. The numbers vary from year to year, but they are fun for the kids to catch and if large enough make a tasty meal.

Some small Striped Bass have also been hanging around the Virginia Beach Pier and some days quite a few have been caught by jigging near the pilings.

A real treat was caught during the week by Julian, a pier employee and avid fisherman. A 21 inch Speckled Trout! See the picture below.

We never know what might show up in the Spring, so grab your gear and come on down. Hours of operation are still 8AM to 8PM when this post was written, but call 757-428-2333 to check on when extended hours will begin.

Speckled Trout VA Beach Fishing Pier