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Fishing in Norfolk

Norfolk may be home to the largest naval base in the world, but it also hosts an incredible variety of angling opportunities. Fishing in Norfolk, VA, will pose a dilemma like you’ve never had before. Choose between inshore, nearshore, or offshore trips to get your hands on some truly prized fish. 
 
Hit the calm, shallow waters of the Indian River or James River inshore, and test your bottom fishing skills against some delicious fish. Seabass, Trout Tautog, Flounder, and Drum are just some of the beauties that will keep you on your toes as you look to fill the boat. 
 
There’s also no shortage of bottom fishing action when you head a little further out. The Chesapeake Bay is home to legendary amounts of Rockfish. Go after these beasts along with Cobia and Amberjack out in the nearshore Atlantic waters, and you’re sure to land a prized catch. 
 
If you’re looking for something to get the pulses racing, opt for an offshore trip. While you can max out on a nearshore trip in as little as four hours, you’ll need a full day to reach the deep waters of the Atlantic. Expect some heavy lifting as you go after monsters such as Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Marlin, and land the catch of a lifetime. 
 
Whether it’s your first time on the water, or you’re looking for that trophy catch, there’s something for everyone on a Norfolk, VA, fishing adventure. See for yourself as you put your fishing skills to the test!

Rules & Regulations

The beauty of fishing with a charter in Virginia is that your fishing license is already covered. The state’s seasons are also relatively lax, so you can go after most fish year-round, while your professional captain will keep you up to date on the latest bag limits. 

Norfolk Fishing Seasons

There’s only one fish to keep you warm in winter. As most of the Chesapeake’s beauties have gone into hiding, Rockfish stands tall, giving you the chance to test your skills and land a prized catch.
Inshore and offshore fishing may be calm, but you can always hit the bay for Rockfish. Come and learn about Norfolk’s rich marine history with a visit to the Royal Naval Museum or Battleship Wisconsin too.  
Some delicious fish come out to play in March, and the flurry of activity on the water means that the start of the season is near. Go after Trout along the rivers or keep your eye out for even bigger Rockfish nearshore. 
All inshore and nearshore fishermen will be raring to go when April hits. The arrival of monster Red and Black Drum adds to the excitement along the rivers and the bay, as bottom fishing is the order of the day. 
You’ll start to pose the question, “Where to today?” when May springs. Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna start showing up offshore, adding to the inshore fishing frenzy. You won’t know where to look for your fishing fix!
The whole of Norfolk comes alive with the US’s largest maritime festival. Harborfest attracts visitors from all over the East Coast and beyond, giving you the chance to learn all about the area’s rich history. 
It’s Billfish season as summer hits Virginia, with some monster fish making their way along the Gulf Stream offshore. Push your strength to the limit against Marlin and Sailfish, and land the catch of a lifetime. 
Cobia show up along the nearshore reefs, adding an extra dimension to your dilemma of where to go. With the Billfish still biting, and Drum aplenty, there’s no wrong choice as you go after ‘em all. 
There’s no sign of the fish disappearing, despite the dwindling crowds. Make the most of the calmer waters and take advantage of the renewed Tuna bite offshore, along with plenty of inshore fishing delights. 
The offshore season may be coming to a close, but that just means there’s more to go after inshore. Scores of delicious fish start making their way back to the bay and rivers, giving you plenty to target. 
Make the most of your last chance to go after a wide range of fish, as the season draws to a close. Seabass, Tautog, Fluke, and Trout will all provide plenty of entertainment and delicious rewards. 
As the year draws to a close, so does the fishing season. But there’s still one beauty tempting you out to the water: Rockfish are still here, giving you the chance to land a tasty treat for the holidays.

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What People Are Saying About Norfolk

"Fishing the Wrecks in February."

Keith P. fished with Prowler Fishing Charter on February 16, 2020

Make sure you contact Prowler Fishing Charter. They are the best!

"8 hr Deep Sea Trip with Captain Lou and First Mate Jason"

Peter D. fished with Prowler Fishing Charter on August 23, 2018

Great Variety of fish. Can be a little rough with 3-7 foot swells.

"Fishing with Louis"

Roger S. fished with Prowler Fishing Charter on June 11, 2018

Check fishing reports before booking, it was very slow and we caught very few fish

"Half day trip with capt Ron on fishhook "

Roger U. fished with FISHHOOK SPORT FISHING on September 13, 2017

Book with capt Ron fishhook sport fishing

Top Targeted Species in Norfolk

Spanish Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (White)

Marlin (White)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Wahoo

Wahoo

Seabass (Black)

Seabass (Black)

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