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.