Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Now 24/7 | VA Beach Fishing Pier

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Now 24/7

The Summer season has officially started, so the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is now 24/7.

We have been catching some nice Roundhead, also known as Whiting, and the Bluefish catch has been good for the month of May.

The water temperature is steadily going up, so everything should continue to improve.

Blue crabs have started to arrive along the oceanfront and we should have another good season for crabbing.

blue crab

A couple of Stripers in the 36 inch range were caught in the past week. Sometimes we get a few this time of year.

Striped Bass - VA Beach Fishing Pier

Check back at vabeachfishingpier.com for updated fishing reports or call 757-48-2333 for more information.

Shark Regulations 2016 | VA Beach Fishing Pier

We get a lot of questions about Shark Possession limits at the VA Beach Fishing Pier, so here are the Shark regulations 2016:

SHARKS (All species except smooth and spiny dog sharks)*

Shark

NMFS Shark Identification

Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 et seq.

Minimum Size Limit: 54 inches fork length **

Possession Limit: 1 per vessel ***

A non-boat assisted shore angler is entitled to a vessel possession limit

Season Closed May 15 – July 15

(Includes Blacktip, Bull, Great Hammerhead, Lemon, Nurse, Scalloped Hammerhead, Smooth Hammerhead, Spinner, and Tiger Shark)

Federal waters, beyond the Three Mile Limit governed by different regulations set by the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.

*Recreationally Prohibited Species – It is illegal to take, catch or possess any shark from the “Recreationally Prohibited Species” list, as defined in Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 et seq., including but not limited to the following species commonly encountered in Virginia: Atlantic Angel, Dusky, Sand Tiger, Sandbar, White, and Bigeye Thresher Sharks. No size or possession limits apply to Dog Sharks.

**All sharks (All species except Spiny Dog Sharks) must be landed with head and fins attached; hammerhead sharks must be 78 inches fork length (FL) or greater, no minimum size applies to Atlantic Sharpnose, Bonnethead, Blacknose, and Finetooth Sharks.

***Possession limit for Atlantic Sharpnose and Bonnethead Sharks is 1 per person.

Sharks may only be taken by handline or rod and reel; Spearing and bowfishing illegal.

Capture Citation: RELEASE ONLY

Release Citation: 72 IN.

VA Beach Fishing Pier Report – May 14 2016 | Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

VA Beach Fishing Pier Report – May 14 2016

Wind and rain have been a big factor at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier in 2016. The last couple of weeks have produced some good Bluefish catches, mainly on Gotcha plugs, and because the water temperature has remained below normal the Clearnose Skates and some Blowfish are still being caught.

While Spot and Croaker have been somewhat scarce for this time of year, some Roundhead have started to show up. We hope the weather will normalize and the bottom fishing will begin in earnest.

This week also had some Blue crabs coming over the railing and the season on crabs is predicted to be very good this year.

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Season 2016

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Season 2016

It’s time to start the new season at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. We will be opening on March 25, 2016. The Spring operating hours are 8AM-8PM, weather permitting. Call (757) 428-2333 for more information.

Some years Easter weekend can be very cooperative as far as the weather is concerned, but we don’t know what the fish are thinking until we have some anglers testing the waters.

So, get your gear sorted and come join us on the VA Beach Pier. If you don’t have your own fishing tackle, the Pier Tackle Shop has rental rods and bait available.

The Gift Shop is open, but Ocean Eddie’s Restaurant usually opens around May 1st.

For more information, call the pier at <strong>(757) 428-2333</strong>.

Here is a video to get you motivated:

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Update

The season at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is coming to a close. There have been a lot of Speckled Trout being caught most days this month. While some bottom fish are still being caught, the plan is to close for the season on Sunday Oct. 18.

Along with the Specs, some Spot, Roundhead, Bluefish and Croaker have been caught as they leave the bay for winter locations. There have even been some nice Blue Crabs pulled up.

Have a good Winter!

 

October Fishing At The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

October Fishing At The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

As many local anglers that fish on the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier in October, we wait for cold fronts to lower the water temperature in the area. This usually causes the fish to school up and begin to leave the Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately, the weather created so much wind and rain in late September and early October that the ocean waters were to rough to fish.

There were some nice Red Drum released before the big blow, some as large as 52 inches. Round Head, Spot, Croaker and Speckled trout were also available to fishermen bouncing baits along the bottom.

The first week of October at the VA Beach Pier has seen an increase in Spot, but the big runs we have come to expect in the Fall haven’t materialized yet. Some decent Spot and Round Head have been caught by anglers this week, plus some small trout, Pompano and Bluefish.

The hours of operation are currently 8AM-8PM, weather permitting. Please call (757)428-2333