August Fishing At The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

pier-fishing-300x225  I don’t know about you, but to me,  Summer is flying by at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. It’s August already, so fall can’t be far behind.

I know every species of fish we catch when fishing along the Virginia coast and in the Chesapeake Bay go through cycles. When one type isn’t biting much, another type seems to flourish. This season, up until now, has seen more Roundhead than Spot and small Sharks have been thicker than I’ve seen caught in many years. The Puppy Drum have been larger and if the numbers of large Red Drum that we hooked last Fall keep rising as the water cools in September, we can have a banner year for release citations from the pier.

Spanish Mackeral have shown up and the sizes have been nice. Casting for them can be frustrating when they are scarce, but they are fighters and make delicious meals. I haven’t heard about many Spadefish this Summer, but August can be a good time to get some clams and fish around the pilings for them.

This morning some of our regular fishermen pulled up some nice Spot and those who fish for Summer Flounder tell me they have had some keepers around 20 inches.

Cooler hours tend to be the best time to fish, but Crabbing has been good since the beginning of July. Blue Crabs are fun for the kids to catch and are tasty treats anytime. Their feisty temperament makes them a force to be reckoned with, so watch your fingers and toes.

Here are some Spring Blues and Puppy Drum photos caught on the VA Beach Fishing Pier this season:

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VA Beach Fishing Pier Report – July 1

VA Beach Fishing Pier Report

thumbs_fresh-spot_0The Summertime weather has been good for fishing inshore. Daily catches have included spot, which are showing up in good numbers, and some roundhead or whiting that are topping 1 pound in many cases. Bloodworms and Squid are used by most of the experienced anglers fishing on the pier, but trying some of the newer baits available, like Fishbites can be a productive choice as well when bottom fishing.

When the water is clear there have been some bluefish and Spanish mackerel caught on Gotcha plugs and silver spoons, but a consistently warmer water temperature would definitely help this type of lure fishing.

Look for more flounder and spadefish to be brought up and trout are always a possibility for those fishermen who place their baits near the pier pilings. You can lose some rigs, but the reward can be some delicious table fare.

Crabbing is another option that many families enjoy, so check out the crab nets and bait(chicken necks) in the Pier Tackle shop located on the Virginia Beach fishing pier.

Mid July At Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

First, I haven’t been able to get to the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier for a couple of months. That being said, the Summer fare in mid July usually falls into a pattern that holds true season after season. As the weather gets hot, and the 90s this year have been a little early, we see bottom fish take center stage.

June provided some Spot, Roundhead, Bluefish and Puppy Drum for anglers. Since early Spring is cooler during the day, catching the flood tide can be the best time to target fish. Day or night is less important. The Red Drum have been larger than in past years, bigger than the 18-26 in slot for keeping Puppy Drum.

July has seen a good catch of nice Roundhead and some Spanish Mackeral are showing at the end of the pier. Spot fishing hasn’t taken off yet, but some years, depending on how well the spawn went the previous year, we see a late surge by the end of the Summer. Spot lovers keep your fingers crossed!

Flounder, Speckled and Grey Trout, Spadefish and Pompano are also available this time of year, in varying numbers to fishermen who know how to present baits, like clams, that aren’t in many anglers arsenal.

Another option that can be a lot of fun and provide good eating is crabbing. Blue Crabs vary from year to year, but this season is looking good. We catch a lot of crabs from the VA Beach Fishing Pier by putting bait, chicken backs are  popular choice, into a crab net which is then lowered to the bottom next to the pilings. The crabs crawl in to get the bait and are trapped when the net is pulled up. Kids love to see the crabs and if you aren’t going to eat them, the crabs can be returned to the water or given to a fisherman who is saving crabs.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report

Well, this week has been a big improvement for fishing on the VA Beach Fishing pier. We have had some Southerly winds helping to raise the water temperature and some Bluefish and Roundheads are being caught, along with the annual migration that brings a large number of Clear-nosed Skates to the area.

While the weather has been better, we still have a ways to go in order to start catching Pot, Roundhead, Blues and other Spring fish and Blue crabs. Like me they prefer warmer water.

Give us a call at 757-428-2333 for the latest fishing reports.

Here is a blast from the past (last season) to remind us of what we have to look forward to:

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From Our Archives

“Virginia Beach Fishing Pier – Fishing Report April 22
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 8:22 pm

It was a beautiful day at the Virginia Beach Pier. The Sun made a big difference and everyone’s attitude improved. The fishing report for April 22nd includes Croaker in the morning. The incoming tide helped clear out some sea grasses and as the water rose the anglers were happy to see quite a few Puppy Drum show up and the first Spot and RoundHead also put in an appearance.

A lot of the fish were caught on the popular Bloodworms and Squid, but Finger Mullet caught the most Drum. One fisherman said he caught a few small crabs in his net, but the best crabbing will come when the water gets warmer.

Even though the weather is cooling down a little the rest of the week, we are looking forward to good fishing on the VA Beach Fishing Pier as we head into the last week of April. Ocean Eddies, the Pier Gift Shop and bike rentals are all ready for Spring, so bring the family and enjoy the fun available at the beach.
VA Beach Fishing Pier – Fishing Report April 20th, 2014
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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Happy Easter! Even though the weather has not quite settled down yet, anglers have had some success at the Virginia Beach fishing pier. Opening day saw some Croakers and small Sharks and Skates, which are a sign that the water is warm enough for the first fish to start looking for food. Later in the week after the rain moved past us, it wasn’t as comfortable for the fishermen and spectators, but more fish were caught.

Thursday the 17th saw the first Puppy Drum this season pulled up by a woman renting a rod from the Pier Tackle Shop. Friday was even better with some people catching their limit of keeper Puppy Drum, plus a couple of small Speckled Trout were released. As the season progresses we look forward to catching some Bluefish and Roundheads to add to the variety.

The Pier Tackle Shop has been enlarged during the winter, so come by and checkout our expanded product line of rods, reels and bucket of croaker accessories.
Virginia Beach Fishing Pier – Opening Day”

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Is Open – 2015

Welcome To VA Beach Fishing Pier.com, a great location for outdoor activities and family fun. The Virginia Beach fishing pier has been providing anglers and vacationers access to the Atlantic coast since 1950. We hope you enjoy reading about the fishing and other opportunities available at the pier and we would like to hear your comments about our web site.

The Pier Tackle Shop offers rod rentals (for those who don’t use their own gear), bait, tackle, ice and all you need to fish from the pier.

Ocean Eddies restaurant serves a full menu and also provides a snack bar for those on the go.

The Gift shop and Shell shop offer souvenirs, clothing and plenty of items that make great gifts for family and friends.

 

Some of you new visitors to vabeachfishingpier.com might not know, but we have experienced technical problems with our site and had to pretty much start from scratch. I have been able to salvage some of the content and most of the pictures, so I will addthem in periodically.

The first couple of weeks this season (2015) have seen the weather and ocean water warming nicely. Some Croaker, Roundhead, Bluefish and Puppy Drum have been caught, but fishing should increase as Spring continues.

Give us a call at 757-428-2333 for updates and operating hours. Currently we are open 8AM-8PM.

Great Fishing At The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 11:53 am

pier-fishing-300x225While there are only a few more weeks before the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier closes for the 2014 season, there has been some great fishing this Fall. Some of the Spot runs have produced coolers of fish for anglers and some really nice Speckled Trout and big Red Drum have been caught. Though the hours of operation have been scaled back to 8AM To 8PM, and the last day is scheduled for Oct 26th, there are still a good number of fishing days available.

Each Cold Front that produces North winds will cause the water temperature to drop and many of the fish, like Spot, Croaker, Blues, Trout, Puppy Drum and Flounder, start to migrate down the coast and can make fishing a lot of fun and give fishermen the opportunity to put fish in their freezers for the Winter months.

Don’t just plan your fishing trips around the hours of High tide because the fish are on the move and sometimes are catchable at Low tide and both rising and falling tide positions.

Bloodworms and Finger Mullet are probably the hottest baits, but Squid, Shrimp and artificials like Gotcha Plugs, Bucktails and Soft Plastics can be just what the fish are looking for.

Quite a few Citation Channel Bass have been caught and released at the VA Beach Pier this year. Congratulations to the lucky anglers!

Here are some happy fishermen:

Nice Fall Fishing

Catching Spot & Croaker At The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Pier FishingWell, one of the first fronts with Northeast winds has been blowing for a few days and fishermen have been catching Spot and Croaker at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. These cold fronts are what savvy anglers look for this time of year, because they know water temperatures will slowly begin to fall and many species of fish will begin to travel along the oceanfront. Schools of Spot, Croaker, Puppy Drum, Bluefish and Speckled Trout can come by in rather large groups and provide some great action and delicious seafood.

The water is still warm enough for other types of pier favorites, such as Spanish Mackerel, Spade Fish, Pompano and larger species like Channel Bass, King Mackerel and Cobia are still a possibility for anglers who target these fish.

Blue crabs have been plentiful in August and are usually caught when the surf calms back down along the beach after a blow.

Labor Day weekend is upon us and while it can cause temporary street closures for the Marathon and heavy traffic during music festival, the weather looks good and a little preparation can help make your weekend at the VA Beach Fishing Pier a success. Call (757) 428-2333 24/7 for more information.

Spot Fish – A VA Beach Fishing Pier Favorite

Spot Are Both Tasty And Put Up A Good Fight

If you were to take a random survey of fishermen who fish at the Virginia Beach fishing pier and asked them what fish they are trying to catch the Spot fish would be at the top of the list for most anglers. Though it is not the largest fish we catch, not even close, Spot are definitely one of the tastiest, and can be caught in large numbers, without endangering the species.

Spot are a small saltwater fish species found in coastal and inland waters, that are salty or brackish, along the eastern coast of US, in the Gulf of Mexico, and into the Caribbean fishing grounds. They belong to the Croaker family of Drum, and their diets consist largely of organic materials, small crustaceans, and worms.

In the tidal waters of Virginia we use Bloodworms, which are imported from mainly Maine and Canada, cut in small pieces as the first choice for catching the most Spot. While other baits, such as Squid and Shrimp, will catch some fish, you will find most anglers targeting Spot, using pieces of bloodworms on  #4 hook  on a bottom rig. This is the preferred method on the pier, for sure. It isn’t unusual to catch these fish two, three or more at a time.

Spot of two or three years old will grow seven to eight inches in length and be ready to spawn. Spawning takes place offshore from fall to early spring. The new fish head for the shallower bay waters, then as they age, seek a saltier habitat. That is one of the reasons for the concentration of fish found at the VA Beach fishing pier in late August, September and even through October some years.

The Spot is also a great live and cut bait for many of the other fish seen along the oceanfront. Blues, Speckled Trout, Flounder, Red Drum and Striped Bass follow the big schools of Spot and can be a nice bonus for experienced and novice fishermen. A fish-finder rig with a 4/0 hook can be a deadly rig to use for larger fare.

Citation Bluefish Release – Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

Citation Bluefish Release – Virginia Beach Fishing Pier

On Saturday May 18th, Thomas Cash was lucky enough to catch and release a 36 inch Bluefish from the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. This qualifies for a state citation, which will be a wall plaque with the fish size and the anglers name. This Virginia saltwater fishing tournament is in its’ 56th year, and is one of the ways the VA Marine Resources Commission recognizes fishermen who catch or release different fish caught in Virginia waters.

Bluefish at least 36 inches long are eligible, so Thomas hit it right on the nose. Most of the big blues caught at the pier are caught in the Spring and cut bait, like spot and mullet, account for most of these powerful fish. They will also hit Gotcha plugs and silver spoons. Every year is different and though we can usually count on catching chopper bluefish close to the beach, their numbers vary. Many local fishermen can remember massive schools showing up in May back in the 70s and 80s.

A copy of the brochure explaining the regulations can be found online at www.mrc.virginia.gov.
You can’t see much of Thomas, but here is a fine example of a Bluefish caught and released on the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier:

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