Though the weather has been hotter than usual for September at the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, we are finally seeing some Spot, Croaker, Roundhead and Black Drum feeding on bottom baits, like Bloodworms, Squid, Shrimp and Finger Mullet. Labor Day weekend fishing picked up as a cold front moved along the coast.
We are still catching some Spanish Mackeral and Bluefish, mainly on artificial lures. Gotcha plugs probably catch more of the fish that feed on the schools of Minnows and Finger Mullet and Menhaden that are moving along the beach as the water starts to cool.
As of the first week in September, we are still catching Blue Crabs most days.
Some knowledgeable anglers are predicting a good Fall run of Red Drum in various sizes as the cold fronts move through the area. Keeper Speckled Trout might not be as plentiful this season after the extremely cold water last Winter killed off a large portion of big trout. Some small Speckles have been showing up, so I hope fishermen abide by th size and creel limits set by the state.
Be sure to give the VA Beach Pier a call at (757) 428-2333 to check on our Fall hours. As we get toward the end of the season, we start to cut back on the hours of operation.