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Virginia Beach fishing charters open up a world of options. This bustling city overlooks the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay as it meets the Atlantic Ocean, meaning that all kinds of angling opportunities are possible. Hit the bay, inshore rivers, or the deep waters offshore, and there’s no end to what you can catch.
 
Striped Bass – or Rockfish, as it’s known here – is the name of the game in the Chesapeake Bay. This A-list creature provides ample entertainment, as you test your skills and strength to land some delicious meat. But that’s not all! You can land Flounder, Spotted Seatrout, Red and Black Drum, Seabass, Tautog, and even Cobia in these rich waters.
 
Head further out, and there’s more where that came from. Bigger Cobia rub shoulders with Amberjack and Groupers on the wrecks, before the serious fishing begins in the deep. The further you go, the better it gets. Over 40 miles out, you can get your hands on Tilefish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Wahoo, and Marlin, so get ready for a serious workout. 
 
With such a range of fishing grounds to explore, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of trips on offer. Beginners and families can explore the calm waters of the bay on trips as short as a few hours. Meanwhile, serious anglers can spend a full day fishing. If you want to reach the deep sea fishing grounds, then you’ll need at least 10 hours, with overnight trips also possible.
 

Rules & Regulations

Fishing licenses are covered aboard all Virginia Beach fishing charters, so that’s one thing less to worry about. Your professional guide will also make sure you’re fishing within the law and sticking to all bag and size limits. 
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January

Striped Bass fever is in full swing in January in Virginia Beach. This is peak season for catching a 'Rockfish,' the local name for the Chesapeake Bay's favorite fish. Look out for migrating Humpback Whales, too!

February

Rockfishing continues to light up the Chesapeake Bay. Bring in these hard-fighting fish until your arms hurt – this will warm you up regardless of what the grim February weather throws at you.

March

Temperatures finally start to rise into the mid 60s by the end of the month. This is not peak fishing season yet but you can catch yourself a good deal at a hotel, along with some Striped Bass and Speckled Trout.

April

As temperatures start to get serious about transitioning to spring, so does the fishing. Yellowfin Tuna start to appear offshore, with Bluefin and Bigeye hot on their heels. Inshore, Black Drum and Speckled Trout are biting.

May

Spring is definitely here, and peak fishing season starts. Everything is biting from now through October. Look out for big Red Drum and Black Drum in the bay or large schools of Yellowfin off Virginia Beach.

June

Cobia start to invade the Chesapeake Bay, making for excellent sight fishing through September. As well as Yellowfin, offshore trips target Bigeye and Bluefin Tuna, along with monster White Marlin. 

July

Summer fishing continues to bring in big pelagics and Virginia Beach charter fishing is the perfect way to have fun and escape the crowds. Don't miss the Virginia Beach Invitational Marlin Tournament. 

August

White Marlin fishing gets even better than ever, while Blue Marlin remains excellent. The Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament makes the most of the bite, while Red Drum and Cobia are available inshore.

September

Temperatures cool and the crowds disperse. And while hotel prices might drop, the fishing doesn't. This is peak season for Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna. Big Red Drum and Speckled Trout are the talk of the town inshore.

October

October is most certainly fall, and you will find the cooler temperatures agree. But if fall means one thing in Virginia Beach, it's Stripers. The best thing is, most of the summer species are still around, too.

November

Along with Stripers, November means fishing for Speckled Trout, Tautog, Flounder, and Seabass. Offshore, Yellowfin Tuna is still going strong, and the occasional Bluefin may even come close to shore.

December

Only the hardiest of fish remain in Virginia Beach in the winter. But hey, what does that matter when Rockfish is as hardy as they come? A festive meal of big Striped Bass never hurt anyone.

Virginia Beach Fishing Calendar

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Christopher V. fished with Tango Charters on September 8, 2021
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Super friendly guys, made it very enjoyable.
4hr trip first time out on a private charter had a great time captain Cliff and 1st mate Max were great made us feel right at home and got us on some fish great time I will be booking a charter with them again .
Raymond J. fished with Flat Line - AquaMan Sportfishing on August 19, 2021
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Best time ever. For our fish time. I recommend enjoy your trip.
2 hour trip
Richard K. fished with Four Reel Charters on August 13, 2021
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To hot at current time for anything reliable catching, east coast is in a heat wave. It may be better at other times or in different years just not the time we went.
Great crew, great experience
William B. fished with C Level Sportfishing on August 10, 2021
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It’s a little slow but the fish are definitely out there!
Half day inshore
Darrell H. fished with Adventures On The Water on July 30, 2021
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Just know fishing can go either way. Some days you hit the jackpot, and other days you just catch some fish. But, a bad day fishing beats a good day at work, every time. Enjoy the ocean, forget the cell phone except to take photos, and have a relaxing day.
Awesome trip with Captain Dave and First Mate Gunner!!
Glenna C. fished with Talon Sportfishing Charters on July 27, 2021
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Book charter with Talon Sportsfishing!! Captain Dave is class act!!
Half day morning fish
MATTHEW K. fished with E-Fishinsea Sport Fishing Charters on July 22, 2021
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Do your research on what you are looking for and for the group you are taking with you.
Great Day for a First Charter
Reggie O. fished with Mega Byte Sportfishing on July 4, 2021
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Beautiful weather. The breeze off the ocean surface keeps you somewhat cool. No complaints here!

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Virginia Beach

According to customer reviews, Reel Release Sport Fishing, Anchor Up Fishing, and Flat Line - AquaMan Sportfishing are some of the most popular fishing charters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Full list of top fishing charters in Virginia Beach.

Reel Release Sport Fishing, Anchor Up Fishing, and Flat Line - AquaMan Sportfishing all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Virginia Beach.

The best way to experience fishing in Virginia Beach is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The top 8 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Virginia Beach are:

Temperatures cool and the crowds disperse. And while hotel prices might drop, the fishing doesn't. This is peak season for Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna. Big Red Drum and Speckled Trout are the talk of the town inshore. Check availability for local fishing charters in Virginia Beach.

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