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Inshore and Offshore Fishing in Virginia Beach

Written on December 15th, 2009 by adminno shouts

Virginia Beach Charter Fishing
Inshore fishing on Virginia Beach charter boats may include trips for striped bass, sea bass, and both red drum and black drum while offshore fishing charters target tuna, sharks, dolphin, billfish and other species.  The area is world famous for its saltwater fishing.

In the summer months, offshore fishing from Virginia Beach is excellent. Yellowfin tuna like deeper water for the most part, often being caught in water from 30 to 100 fathoms.

Offshore fishing spots include the Norfolk Canyon, Cigar, Weather Buoy, Wayne’s World and others. These Virginia Beach hotspots range up to 75 miles out of Rudee Inlet.

In addition to yellowfin tuna, anglers catch bluefin, bigeye, skipjack and longfin albacore tuna, dolphin fish, wahoo, billfish and sharks.

Of interest to many anglers are the trips that reach the Norfolk Canyon. Just before reaching the canyon walls are slopes that are often very productive areas. Near the canyon walls, the bottom becomes steeper and rockier. Fish congregate along the drop offs to catch food that is caught in the hard running current. Along the edges are lobster traps which are marked by orange buoys or “lobster balls”. The buoys attract dolphinfish which in turn attract the larger marlin, swordfish and sharks which feed on them heavily. A trip by a buoy can be uneventful, or one or more lines might be attacked by mahi mahi, tuna, marlin or otherfish.

Another enticing reason to fish the Norfolk Canyon is the excellent deep dropping for snowy grouper and tilefish. The snowy grouper record has been shattered twice recently, with bothfish being caught just inshore of the Norfolk Canyon.

Late August and September often feature the best fishing with anglers seeing larger numbers of tuna as well as an influx of wahoo and bull dolphin. Offshore fishing continues into October, when windy weather and falling water temperatures make fishing less productive.

After the offshore season winds down, Virginia anglers enjoy excellent striped bass fishing. Known locally as rockfish, these delicious fish migrate down the East Coast and congregate in the lower Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters from November thru March. Anglers sometimes catch monster rockfish, exceeding 50 lbs. The Virginia state record rockfish has been broken many times recently, with some of the biggest fish being caught out of Virginia Beach Virginia.

Virginia Beach Fishing is a Group Sport

Virginia Beach Fishing is a Group Sport