5 Secrets for VA Saltwater Fishing

If pier fishing isn’t for you or if these areas are too crowded, you might try surf fishing along the rocks anywhere on the shoreline. This is also great for any angler who doesn’t have a boat and still wants to fish the salt waters. The fourth secret to VA saltwater fishing is to know your species.

There are many different types of saltwater species of fish that can be caught from Virginia shores. Some of these include black drum, small shark, spadefish, pompano, bluefish, croakers, trout, Spanish mackerel, sheepshead, red drum, Cobia king, mackerel, sea bass, white perch and Tautog.

Which fish are available will often depend on the season in which you are fishing. Certain species will only come out during certain times of the year where others are around most all year round. If you’re going after a specific species, you need to make sure first that it is the right season for them. The first secret to VA saltwater fishing would be to plan ahead.

Read your area fishing reports, check the daily weather for the day you plan to be there, know which types of fish you’re going for and which types of bait to use and more. Saltwater fishing in Virginia is much like fishing most anywhere else. There are certain times that will be more productive than others so, taking a little time to learn when each species is the most active will help you learn when to go fishing for the best results.

When it comes to saltwater fishing in Virginia there are a variety of baits that can be used successfully. The ones that work the best will depend on which species you’re seeking out and which technique you’re using. Some of the most common live baits used include bloodworms, squid, clams and crabs. It’s a good idea to bring different options with you so you can experiment with what’s working best that day.

Anytime you’re not getting the results that you hoped for, try to change things around some. You can either try a different type of bait or try a different size. Always check your gear to make sure it’s in good condition before going fishing. Replace any items that are worn out or damaged in any way. Now you’re ready to fish!

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Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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