Consider the coast line of Virginia Beach to be a "fish highway" that different species of fish use to migrate from one point to another.
All year long fish of different stripes and sizes can be caught just off our shores. Spring sees fish such as Black Drum, Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, Red Drum, Sea Bass, Speckled Trout and Tautog begin their migrations through our waters.
During the summer, these fish are found in larger numbers along with Cobia, King Mackerel, Sea Bass, Spanish Mackerel and others. Fall sees new fish migrate into our waters while others migrate out. Some of the fish that can be found in the fall are Stripers, Grey Trout and Speckled Trout, King Mackerel, Flounder, Tautog, and Sea Bass. Winter finds the hardiest of fish remaining, such as Stripers, Atlantic Mackerel, Bluefish, Red Drum and Tautog.
The fish that call the waters around Virginia Beach are like the seasons. They change. More appropriately, they migrate. To an angler who is not used to ocean fishing, this is something new.
Some fish like our waters better in the summer while others prefer the winter. The key to a successful fishing trip is knowing what species of fish you would like to catch and the best time of the year to catch them.
During the spring Striped Bass, Red Drum, Flounder and Sea Bass start to make themselves known. Summer time. Everybody, including the fish, loves our waters in the summer. Both our inshore and off shore waters teem with countless varieties of fish ranging from giant Blue Marlin that are caught in offshore waters to kid-sized Spots and Croakers that are perfect catches from our piers.
Fall and winter are marked by our most famous visitor, the Striped Bass. They come in massive schools. Anglers have two choices when fishing Striped Bass: the first is whether they want to catch so many fish that they physically grow tired of catching them; the second is whether they want to target the truly massive fish that grow to 40 or 50 pounds. Either way, the Striped Bass fishing in Virginia Beach is so good that the city has earned the title "Striped Bass Capital of the World."