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.

Spot fish Spot Fish At VA Beach Pier

 

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 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.

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.

VA Beach Pier Striper

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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.