Virginia Beach Fishing Pier Report July 3 2017
The fishing and crabbing on the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier continues to be pretty good. A mixture of bottom fish like Spot, Croaker, Roundhead and some small Puppy Drum are being caught.
Anglers casting lures, like Gotcha plugs and Squid Spoons have had some really good afternoon and evening runs of Spanish Mackerel , with some fishermen catching their 15 fish limits. The minimum size is currently 14 inches for Spanish.
Bluefish are also being caught on the lures, but are likely to hit cut bait on a bottom rig or Fire Ball rig too, more than the Spanish. Bluefish limits are set at 10 fish per angler, but can be any size.
We hope to see the Spadefish catch increase as the water gets about as warm as we see it at the oceanfront. The tackle shop carries the clams used by most fishermen who target Spadefish.
This has been one of the best Blue Crab seasons we’ve seen on the VA Beach Pier in recent years. Crabbers can keep a bushel a day per person.
In the Ocean waters we see female crabs almost exclusively, so many are going to have egg sponges on their bellies. The ones with dark brown sponges need to be returned to the water with their eggs.
The females with the lighter yellow and orange sponges can be kept because they have laid their eggs. I have included a quick guide below.
Sharks, Rays and Skates are also available in the Summer.
Check in the Pier Tackle Shop for answers to any questions you may have about fishing and crabbing and any gear you need.
Hopefully the 2017 season will continue to be good at the Virginia Beach Pier and other local waters.