First, I haven’t been able to get to the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier for a couple of months. That being said, the Summer fare in mid July usually falls into a pattern that holds true season after season. As the weather gets hot, and the 90s this year have been a little early, we see bottom fish take center stage.
June provided some Spot, Roundhead, Bluefish and Puppy Drum for anglers. Since early Spring is cooler during the day, catching the flood tide can be the best time to target fish. Day or night is less important. The Red Drum have been larger than in past years, bigger than the 18-26 in slot for keeping Puppy Drum.
July has seen a good catch of nice Roundhead and some Spanish Mackeral are showing at the end of the pier. Spot fishing hasn’t taken off yet, but some years, depending on how well the spawn went the previous year, we see a late surge by the end of the Summer. Spot lovers keep your fingers crossed!
Flounder, Speckled and Grey Trout, Spadefish and Pompano are also available this time of year, in varying numbers to fishermen who know how to present baits, like clams, that aren’t in many anglers arsenal.
Another option that can be a lot of fun and provide good eating is crabbing. Blue Crabs vary from year to year, but this season is looking good. We catch a lot of crabs from the VA Beach Fishing Pier by putting bait, chicken backs are popular choice, into a crab net which is then lowered to the bottom next to the pilings. The crabs crawl in to get the bait and are trapped when the net is pulled up. Kids love to see the crabs and if you aren’t going to eat them, the crabs can be returned to the water or given to a fisherman who is saving crabs.