Pretty predictable Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report August 15th. This time of year with the extremely hot temperatures, both Air and Water, the fishing slows down, especially during the hottest hours of the day. Add in the Thunder Storms that can move through and most anglers can wait for more productive times.
Quite a few small Spot and Roundhead are being caught at night. The VA Beach Fishing Pier is open 24hrs so you can fish all night if that works for you.
A lot of Blue Crabs are still coming up in the nets and this is a good time to start picking and freezing some crabmeat for later in the year. Every season is different, but sometimes the crabbimg drops off dramatically after about Mid-August. Hopefully it will continue into September. The picture shown below is a female that has laid eggs, When you catch some , the yellow and orange sponged crabs aare keepers. A brown or sandy looking crab has to go back. Females are only caught in the ocean. Males stay in the bays and inlets.
Some Bluefish and Spanish Mackeral are always a good possibility while the water is still hot. It has been consistantly in the upper 70s, even reaching 82 degrees.
Look for the Speckle Trout and Puppy Drum catches to pickup when the Cold Fronts start blowing from the Northeast and lowering the water temperatures in the region. Baitfish begin to school and leave the Chesapeake Bay and some nice fish will follow the migration.
Small Sharks are being caught at night along the coast, along with Skates and Rays.
Big Red and Black Drum fishing is in the near future too, so sharpen those 8/0 Circle hooks and spool your reels with some new line in preparation for these brutes of the fishing world.
A anticipated treat are Pompano. Traditionally they are caught in late Summer and into the Fall. Tasty and good fighters!