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.
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.
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.
Pompano are another species that make up the nice variety of pier catches in the Fall.
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.