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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

 

Va Beach Fishing Pier Fall Hours | Va Beach Fishing Pier

The Va Beach Fishing Pier Fall hours are  shortened for the last few weeks of the season. Sunday thru Thursday we are open from 8 AM – 8 PM. Friday and Saturday hours are 8 AM – Midnight. Please call 757-428-2333 for any additional changes.

September was a disappointment in some respects. The wind and record rainfall made many days unfishable.  Although some of the usual fall fish, like Spot, Bluefish, Speckled Trout and Spanish Mackeral, have been caught from the pier, the numbers were definitely down.

The water is still very warm, the upper 70s, for this time of year. As we have cooler nights in October, we are still in a position to have some nice runs of fish. Croaker, Puppy Drum,  and Striper are always a good possibility, with Black Drum, Pompano and Summer Flounder as icing on the cake.

The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is usually open for a few more weeks if the weather and the fish cooperate, but call ahead for current hours.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report July 29 | VA Beach Fishing Pier

Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report July 29

The month of July Was unusually hot and muggy, at least to me, but the crabs and fish didn’t seem to mind. Crabbing was especially good and daily catches of Bluefish, Spanish Mackeral, Roundhead and Spot were also pleasing anglers.

Spadefish have been hanging around the pier pilings in good numbers and Clams continue to be the number one bait for catching them. They aren’t necessarily as big as the fish caught in deeper waters, but they are still delicious and the 4 fish limit per day gives everyone a chance to enjoy them.

The Bluefish and Spanish are still mostly being caught with Gotcha Plugs, with the Red & White and Red & Silver colors seeming to be the most popular choices.

Some Speckled and Grey Trout,Summer Flounder and Pompano have also made an appearance, which is a regular Summer occurrence.

Depending on the weather, August can be a little slower during the heat of the day and better at night, but other variables, such as water temperature and wind direction can also have an effect. Be sure to call 757-428-2333 for the latest info.

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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