Virginia Beach Striper Fishing, Virginia Beach Deep Sea Fishing
Sportfishing in Virginia Beach or what many visiting anglers call Virginia Beach deep sea fishing offers anglers a long list of fish species to target. Everything from doormat flounder along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to a monster tiger shark on a far offshore deep water wreck can be taken from Virginia Beach fishing waters. Everything in between can be caught too which includes highly sought after species like marlin, tuna, trophy striper, and a long list of fish that are considered a challenge to catch and a delight to the pallet.
Virginia Beach is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the east coast just far enough south that the winters are relatively short and somewhat mild which allows for near year round fishing. During these relatively short and mild winter months of the Mid-Atlantic region you will find the Gannet and charter boat Captain Mike Romeo fishing in Virginia Beach. The Gannet runs Virginia Beach fishing charters out of Rudee Inlet from November through February and the skipper Captain Mike Romeo will treat his angler clients to some magnificent striper fishing that Virginia Beach has been known for these past dozen years.
The massive striper schools come from the northern regions like New England, New Jersey, and even the Chesapeake Bay where they converge at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and then head down the shoreline along the Va Beach ocean front. On a somewhat calm day within 3 miles of the beach you will see most of the Virginia Beach charter boat fleet trolling up and down the beach from an area off Fishermen's Island on the Eastern Shore south to the Va / NC line which is called False Cape. The Chesapeake Bay is closed season for striper fishing from January 1rst until May 15th but please check the Virginia State Regulations for exact dates, times, and sizes before you start catching and keeping striper. Fines and penalties are extremely severe so please be careful and check all regs.
Virginia Beach Rockfish Season, Va Beach Striper Fishing
As winter approaches and while many think the sport fishing in Virginia beach may be over or non existent there is still something left to target that will interest any angler. Striper fishing in Virginia Beach is one of the hottest tickets along the East Coast from January to March. With trophy striper being caught on a regular basis the Va Beach area has become a major winter time stop for anglers on the striper trail.
Going into the colder months you will find striper tournaments up and down the east coast and one of the largest if not the largest striper tourney is held in early January in Virginia Beach. For a couples days the Annual Virginia Beach Rockfish Tourney attracts hundreds of boats looking to score big in the tournament. Boats and anglers will visit the area for some of that great Virginia Beach striper fishing from up and down the east coast and some from as far away as the west coast.
If you would like to fish the Virginia Beach Rockfish Tournament then there is no better boat and Captain than the Gannet and Captain Mike. His tourney resume is one unblelievably long list of tourney wins for saltwater tournaments of all types.
When summer arrives in Virginia the offshore fishing will feature yellowfin tuna, marlin, wahoo, and many other popular big games species that inhabit the Atlantic waters. And, although the charter fishing in Virginia Beach in the summer is nearly as good as any of the North Carolina charter fishing hotspots like Oregon Inlet or Hatteras the Gannet will not stay in Virginia. She will ultimately move farther south to Cape Hatteras and then Oregon Inlet after the striper fishing in Virginia Beach has slowed. The Gannet will be
fishing in the Outer Banks beginning around April 1rst of each year.
Sportfish Available in Virginia Beach Other Than Winter Striper Inlcude:
Virginia Beach Sportfish and Wreckfish|
- Blue Marlin
- Bluefin Tuna - Often caught close inshore
- Grouper - Rare but can be caught on offshore wrecks.
- Sea bass - Caught wreck fishing
- Tautog - Wreck fishing
- Tilefish - Deep drop fishing
- White Marlin
- Yellowfin Tuna