Virginia Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Virginia Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Virginia

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 28,780 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Virginia

Wear plenty of sun screen and bring water and a cooler for your catch. The seas were calm and the boat was very stable.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Wear plenty of sun screen and bring water and a cooler for your catch. The seas were calm and the boat was very stable.
Salty Hooker Charters
Salty Hooker Charters
Go with captain Todd and let the fish set itself. Dont try and set the hook or reel when its on
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with captain Todd and let the fish set itself. Dont try and set the hook or reel when its on
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Knot Wish'n Custom Charters
Spend the money and go Fishing book the 8 hour or better excursions they are more but you get what you pay for. And nothing is guaranteed in fishing so why not up your chances of landing quality sized fish where fewer boats travel.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Spend the money and go Fishing book the 8 hour or better excursions they are more but you get what you pay for. And nothing is guaranteed in fishing so why not up your chances of landing quality sized fish where fewer boats travel.
Knot Tell’n Fishing Charters
Knot Tell’n Fishing Charters
No guarantees in November, but we had an amazing trip with amazing success! TY Capt Tim!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
No guarantees in November, but we had an amazing trip with amazing success! TY Capt Tim!
Assateague and Chincoteague Bay Adventures
Assateague and Chincoteague Bay Adventures
From what Capt said, spring and early summer is best fishing time for kids. Still was a wonderful trip and we did catch some good fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
From what Capt said, spring and early summer is best fishing time for kids. Still was a wonderful trip and we did catch some good fish!
Adventures On The Water
Adventures On The Water
Manage your expectations for what fish may be in season and enjoy the time with your family, friends, and the outdoors.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Manage your expectations for what fish may be in season and enjoy the time with your family, friends, and the outdoors.
Prowler Fishing Charter
Prowler Fishing Charter
Yes. Certain fish are biting while others were not. Speckled trout were biting well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes. Certain fish are biting while others were not. Speckled trout were biting well.
Sea Mee Charters
Sea Mee Charters
The captain and first mate were great. The fish didn’t want to cooperate fully but fish were caught by everyone aboard. Seeing the crab pots worked and then going into the flat to dig clams were also good experiences. So don’t be afraid of trying the afternoon adventure.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The captain and first mate were great. The fish didn’t want to cooperate fully but fish were caught by everyone aboard. Seeing the crab pots worked and then going into the flat to dig clams were also good experiences. So don’t be afraid of trying the afternoon adventure.
Captain Pete's Fish Tales
Captain Pete's Fish Tales
Very informative on all aspects of fishing this area of coastline. We were all from different areas of the country on a business trip. Spectacular weather and nice seas.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Very informative on all aspects of fishing this area of coastline. We were all from different areas of the country on a business trip. Spectacular weather and nice seas.
Top Notch Charters
Top Notch Charters Norfolk, Virginia
Be prepared for weather. Bring a pair of binoculars for spotting ocean wildlife.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for weather. Bring a pair of binoculars for spotting ocean wildlife.
Catherine C. Charters
Catherine C. Charters Norfolk, Virginia
Just come prepared to have a great time and catch fish. Listen to your captain and try to learn from his experience. Makes for a great day.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just come prepared to have a great time and catch fish. Listen to your captain and try to learn from his experience. Makes for a great day.
Marshland Expeditions
Marshland Expeditions Fredericksburg, VA
Talk to locals about seasonal fish... find a good boat captain to get you to hook up.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to locals about seasonal fish... find a good boat captain to get you to hook up.
Marcia B Sportfishing
Marcia B Sportfishing NORTH PRINCE GEORGE, VA
Come ready to have some fun . Lots of stuff to do before and after fishing as well.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come ready to have some fun . Lots of stuff to do before and after fishing as well.
Catherine C. Charters
Catherine C. Charters Chase City, VA
Great place to bring beginners and veteran! Cap will do his best to put you on the fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great place to bring beginners and veteran! Cap will do his best to put you on the fish!
Never Enough Sportfishing
Never Enough Sportfishing Pottstown, PA
It was thought to catch what we were looking for. The Captain and mate were upfront with the possibility of not catching targeted fish due to weather. But we still had fun and enjoyed the trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was thought to catch what we were looking for. The Captain and mate were upfront with the possibility of not catching targeted fish due to weather. But we still had fun and enjoyed the trip.
Captain Pete's Fish Tales – Eastern Shore
Captain Pete's Fish Tales – Eastern Shore UPPR CHICHSTR, PA
Expect to have a great time as long as the weather & tide are on your side.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Expect to have a great time as long as the weather & tide are on your side.
Marshland Expeditions
Marshland Expeditions Williamsburg, VA
Have to say — Rudee Inlet is ideal if you want to get off the dock and, in less than 15 minutes, on to 42 feet of gorgeous water with the year round chance of a variety of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have to say — Rudee Inlet is ideal if you want to get off the dock and, in less than 15 minutes, on to 42 feet of gorgeous water with the year round chance of a variety of fish.
Double Play Sportfishing
Double Play Sportfishing Centreville, VA
Get a local to take you. The bay is shallow and you need someone to help you figure out where to go. CPT Craig told me where to go fishing after our charter and we caught fish there too.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get a local to take you. The bay is shallow and you need someone to help you figure out where to go. CPT Craig told me where to go fishing after our charter and we caught fish there too.
Grading Scales Sportfishing
Grading Scales Sportfishing Stephensburg, KY
Chincoteague has all of the charm of a small beach town island without the presumptuous and stiffy entitlement that comes along with many other beach towns. The fisherman of Chincoteague are salt of the Earth type people who are kind, helpful, and will bend over backward to make your day on the water memorable!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Chincoteague has all of the charm of a small beach town island without the presumptuous and stiffy entitlement that comes along with many other beach towns. The fisherman of Chincoteague are salt of the Earth type people who are kind, helpful, and will bend over backward to make your day on the water memorable!
Captain Pete's Fish Tales
Captain Pete's Fish Tales Lewisberry, PA
Great time and friendly people. They even let us know about some great places to eat at while we were there
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time and friendly people. They even let us know about some great places to eat at while we were there
Alanna Kay Sportfishing
Alanna Kay Sportfishing Blackstone, VA

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