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 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 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.