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Spring Fishing At The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier
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The Pier Tackle Shop offers rod rentals (for those who don’t use their own gear), bait, tackle, ice and all you need to fish from the pier.
Ocean Eddies restaurant serves a full menu and also provides a snack bar for those on the go.
The Gift shop and Shell shop offer souvenirs, clothing and plenty of items that make great gifts for family and friends.
We have been open for the 2013 season for two weeks. Easter weekend is usually our target date and even though it can be a little soon for the fish to have arrived off the coast, the weather can be nice enough for people to visit the beach.
The water temperature dictates when the fishing starts to pick up from the pier. The air temperature rises can be anywhere from 40-70 degrees in the Spring, but the water takes awhile to reach the 50+ degree mark that causes the fish to migrate from their winter quarters.
Most years a mixture of Clear-nosed Skates, Blowfish and Kingfish are the first fish to be caught by fishermen from the pier. They feed in the colder water more than some of the other fish we catch as the waters warm. For many anglers just having something tugging on the end of the line is enough to get rid of the winter blahs.
These fish are mainly bottom feeders, so bloodworms, squid, mullet and shrimp make up the majority of baits used for pier fishing this time of year. A double hook rig with a pyramid sinker attached to put the food in front of the fish is the popular choice.
Fishing in April and May can also bring some larger sport fish to the beach. Battling big Bluefish and Stripers is not that unusual, since they are some of the wide variety of migrating fish that follow the schools of smaller fish heading for the warming waters of the Chesapeake Bay to spawn and spend the Summer feeding in tidal waters.
This Blowfish or Blowtoad is a fun fish to catch. It inflates itself, presumably to deter predators. and has teeth that are designed to crush small shells to get at their food. They also eat almost any bait , like bloodworms and squid, that also catches other fish. For those who enjoy eating seafood, the Blowfish has some delicious meat, but it takes a little practice to get to it and the nuggets are small.
The picture on the right is a Clear-nosed Skate. It is one of many odd looking fish from the Skate and Ray family that has wings and a long tail. The Eyes rotate so it can see above and below its body when searching for food. The skin is thick and while it doesn’t have the poisonous barbs associated with some of the Rays we see during the Summer, using gloves or a towel when handling them is recommended, especially if you are a novice fisherman.
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