I know every species of fish we catch when fishing along the Virginia coast and in the Chesapeake Bay go through cycles. When one type isn’t biting much, another type seems to flourish. This season, up until now, has seen more Roundhead than Spot and small Sharks have been thicker than I’ve seen caught in many years. The Puppy Drum have been larger and if the numbers of large Red Drum that we hooked last Fall keep rising as the water cools in September, we can have a banner year for release citations from the pier.
Spanish Mackeral have shown up and the sizes have been nice. Casting for them can be frustrating when they are scarce, but they are fighters and make delicious meals. I haven’t heard about many Spadefish this Summer, but August can be a good time to get some clams and fish around the pilings for them.
This morning some of our regular fishermen pulled up some nice Spot and those who fish for Summer Flounder tell me they have had some keepers around 20 inches.
Cooler hours tend to be the best time to fish, but Crabbing has been good since the beginning of July. Blue Crabs are fun for the kids to catch and are tasty treats anytime. Their feisty temperament makes them a force to be reckoned with, so watch your fingers and toes.
Here are some Spring Blues and Puppy Drum photos caught on the VA Beach Fishing Pier this season: