As the largest natural estuary in the United States, the Chesapeake Bay is home to 348 species of finfish, including flounder, sea bass, tautog and the local-favorite, rockfish. As fun to catch as they are to eat, 70 to 90 percent of the world’s rockfish, also known as striped bass, reside in the waters of the bay, making VB the rockfish capital of the world and home to the Annual Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout every winter. With the bay producing nearly 500 million lbs. of seafood each year, it’s no wonder we can’t get enough. We are fishing fanatics to the core and are always up for new ways to hook a big one. Thanks to the bay’s calmer waters, the angling options are more numerous than you might think.
For some fishing inspiration, here are some of our favorite places from which to drop a line and wait for a bite.
From a Fishing Boat
For the serious anglers, you can’t beat hopping aboard a fishing boat and dropping in as many lines as the boat can hold. Whether you have a friend with a boat or opt for a charter trip, you’ll have the bounty of the bay just a bite away.
From a Kayak
It doesn’t get more VB than paddling out to the legendary Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel to fish like the locals do. With many outfitters available, like Tula Adventure Sports launching out of the Lynnhaven River, renting a kayak may be one of the easiest ways to get in the water and see what you can find.
From the Beach
For those who prefer to keep both feet planted firmly on solid ground, shore fishing is a great way to spend an afternoon. All you need is your tackle of choice and a fishing pole. Just make sure no one is nearby when you cast!
From a Fishing Pier
Throwing a line over the edge of a fishing pier is another great option for the land dwellers looking to test their luck without setting sail. The Lynnhaven Fishing Pier and the Sea Gull Fishing Pier, off of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, are both great options for some pier fishing. Both options come with the added bonus of an unbeatable sunset view!
As temperatures cool, the fishing scene in Virginia Beach is just heating up. With so many ways to get a bite, fishing in the Chesapeake Bay offers a year-round challenge for anglers of all skill levels. Just bait your hook and pick your platform. The fish of the bay await.