Virginia Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Virginia Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Virginia

Virginia: 40 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(82 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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trips from $675
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(119 reviews)
Hampton
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Excellent
4.9 / 5
(119 reviews)
Deltaville
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trips from $430
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(131 reviews)
Virginia Beach
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trips from $825

Deep Sea Fishing in Virginia

The deep sea fishing Virginia has on its doorstep is, in a word, epic. From big game trophies like Marlin, Tuna, and monster Sharks to bottom dwelling delicacies, you’ll find it here. The local fishing grounds are just as varied as the fish themselves, including wrecks, deep trenches, and vast underwater canyons with colorful nicknames. It’s almost worth coming aboard just so you can say you’ve cast a few lines at “Lumpy Bottom,” “the Cigar,” and “the Boxcars!”

When to Go Deep Sea Fishing

Virginia’s deep sea fishing season runs from April through October, with decent opportunities lasting as late as November when the weather allows.

The season kicks off with Flounder in early spring, followed by Black Seabass and Tautog. By early summer, bigger fish start making an appearance offshore, including Marlin, Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, Cobia, Amberjack, and large Mako Sharks.

June marks the start of Tuna season, when Yellowfins, Bluefins, and Bigeyes pay a visit to the east coast. Norfolk Canyon and “the Cigar” more than 60 miles offshore provide some of the best local Tuna fishing. By August, the hottest fishing grounds are up by Chincoteague, at the fishing grounds known as the “Parking Lot” and “Lumpy Bottom.”

Many big game fish reach their peak in late summer, including Blue and White Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. Come fall, a few will still be biting, albeit farther from shore.

By October, wrecks and reefs offer the most productive deep sea fishing Virginia has left for the season. The Blackfish Banks (also called “The Subway Cars” or “The Boxcars”) near Chincoteague are a hot spot at this time of year, when anglers bring home coolers full of Flounder, Tautog, Seabass, Triggerfish, Spadefish, and more.

Virginia Deep Sea Fishing Methods

Anglers catch fast swimming pelagic species like Marlin, Tuna, and Wahoo by trolling. By mid summer, many choose to chunk for Tuna instead of trolling, often using Sardines and Butterfish as bait. Chumming with oily Bunker and throwing live Bluefish into the water will catch the attention of Sharks like Threshers and Makos.

Bottom fishing will bring you a wide variety of species near wrecks and reefs, such as Flounder, Tautog, Tilefish, Seabass, and Triggerfish. Mullet, Minnows, Crab, Shrimp, Squid strips, and even GULP! lures make effective baits.

If you decide to book a local deep sea fishing charter, you can expect the captain to provide fishing licenses, tackle, bait, and everything else you need. Many trips runs out of Virginia Beach, Hampton, Norfolk, and all along the eastern shore up to Chincoteague. So, take your pick and come catch a fish to remember!

Virginia
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 26,558 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Virginia

You will love it! We caught so many fish, had a delicious lunch and enjoyed talking with the very social guide. Highly recommend!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will love it! We caught so many fish, had a delicious lunch and enjoyed talking with the very social guide. Highly recommend!
Michael  Y.
Michael Y.
Talk to the captain about what your looking to catch and the best time to go ! The caption told us the end of May is the best time !
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to the captain about what your looking to catch and the best time to go ! The caption told us the end of May is the best time !
Jonathon  P.
Jonathon P. Ogdensburg, NY
Pay attention to what the fish are doing and what is running seasonally. Reds, Cobia, Striper, and so on.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Pay attention to what the fish are doing and what is running seasonally. Reds, Cobia, Striper, and so on.
Jeremy  B.
Jeremy B. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Come expecting to have fun and be sure to communicate with Captain Todd and let him know what your needs are, he’s there to help and guide you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come expecting to have fun and be sure to communicate with Captain Todd and let him know what your needs are, he’s there to help and guide you.
Cassandra  D.  F.
Cassandra D. F. Richmond, Virginia
Dress warmly, it was chilly earlier in the day. The marina is easy to find.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress warmly, it was chilly earlier in the day. The marina is easy to find.
Susan  K.
Susan K. Dillwyn, VA
Go to river monster guide service and fish the New River. Crystal Clear water and I caught a 17.5 lb. Smallmouth bass!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go to river monster guide service and fish the New River. Crystal Clear water and I caught a 17.5 lb. Smallmouth bass!
Michael  Y.
Michael Y. Triangle, VA
Just remember it's for fun and there is no magic wand a Captian and crew can wave to make the fish bite. So if the fish don't cooperate then just enjoy the ride and the view and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just remember it's for fun and there is no magic wand a Captian and crew can wave to make the fish bite. So if the fish don't cooperate then just enjoy the ride and the view and have fun.
Gina  N.
Gina N. Holland, AR
Book with FishTales you can't go wrong . There's a lil bit of everything out there and that's what fishtales will do ,get you on them
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with FishTales you can't go wrong . There's a lil bit of everything out there and that's what fishtales will do ,get you on them
Paul  M.
Paul M. Norfolk, VA
Fish the wrecks and off shore. With Four Reel Charters they have everything you need.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fish the wrecks and off shore. With Four Reel Charters they have everything you need.
Don  P.
Don P. Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Good variety of fish to bring up. Croaker, pigfish, fluke, spot, kingfish. Keeps your lines tugging while you wait for the shark line to pull.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Good variety of fish to bring up. Croaker, pigfish, fluke, spot, kingfish. Keeps your lines tugging while you wait for the shark line to pull.
Andy  V.
Andy V. Richmond, Virginia
The fishing in Poquoson is fantastic, and you will catch multiple species. And, the scenery is beyond beautiful. You also don't have a long haul to the fishing grounds, so you get to spend more time catching than traveling. I whole heartedly recommend taking a trip here, and Marshland Expeditions will never fail to please.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing in Poquoson is fantastic, and you will catch multiple species. And, the scenery is beyond beautiful. You also don't have a long haul to the fishing grounds, so you get to spend more time catching than traveling. I whole heartedly recommend taking a trip here, and Marshland Expeditions will never fail to please.
Ted  P.
Ted P. Fredericksburg, VA
End of season fishing for flounder water is getting too warm and a storm kicked up the bay but we caught some small striped bass(rock), sea trout and spot. But what a surprise when I hooked a 4 ft. Dusky Shark which really put up quite a fight. I had never experienced anything quite like that and Captain Tim talked me through it until I finally got the shark to the side of the boat for him to lift into the boat ...Wow!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
End of season fishing for flounder water is getting too warm and a storm kicked up the bay but we caught some small striped bass(rock), sea trout and spot. But what a surprise when I hooked a 4 ft. Dusky Shark which really put up quite a fight. I had never experienced anything quite like that and Captain Tim talked me through it until I finally got the shark to the side of the boat for him to lift into the boat ...Wow!!
Michele  S.
Michele S. Nottingham, MD
Go to the fishing piers with heavy duty set ups with cut bait or grab a gotcha plug and hammer fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go to the fishing piers with heavy duty set ups with cut bait or grab a gotcha plug and hammer fish
Joseph  T.
Joseph T. New York, New York
Just enjoy yourselves and be ready for an adventure because you never know what you will hook next!! And remember, not everything you hook is a keeper!! ?
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just enjoy yourselves and be ready for an adventure because you never know what you will hook next!! And remember, not everything you hook is a keeper!! ?
Audrey  Y.
Audrey Y. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Know the fishing conditions and what is biting. Have realistic expectations for the time of the year and have fun.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the fishing conditions and what is biting. Have realistic expectations for the time of the year and have fun.
Jason  B.
Jason B. Virginia Beach, VA
Check fishing reports on line to get a good idea of what is being caught during the time frame you plan to fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Check fishing reports on line to get a good idea of what is being caught during the time frame you plan to fish.
Eric  B.
Eric B. UPPR MARLBORO, MD
Find bloodworms and lug worms before your trip. I don't recommend staying at the Quantity Inn in Gloucester. Under major construction and the front desk help is not professional or nice.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Find bloodworms and lug worms before your trip. I don't recommend staying at the Quantity Inn in Gloucester. Under major construction and the front desk help is not professional or nice.
Russell  O.
Russell O. Arrington, VA
To remember it's up to the fish whether they're going to bite or not they're not it's not the captain or the 1st mate are captain and 1st mate were great. Our captain tried very hard to put us on fish. The captain and 1st mate were a pleasure to be around and work with.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
To remember it's up to the fish whether they're going to bite or not they're not it's not the captain or the 1st mate are captain and 1st mate were great. Our captain tried very hard to put us on fish. The captain and 1st mate were a pleasure to be around and work with.
Billie  R.
Billie R. Elizabeth City, NC
Yes would recommend fishing there lift lots of Weights before going your arms will be sore from Catching so much fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes would recommend fishing there lift lots of Weights before going your arms will be sore from Catching so much fish
Larry  H.
Larry H. King George, VA
Check out the list provided by the company and be prepared for an exciting adventure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check out the list provided by the company and be prepared for an exciting adventure.
Michelle  B.
Michelle B. Chesapeake, VA

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