Virginia Fishing

What’s the best way to catch saltwater fish in Virginia?

Saltwater fish in Virginia, and anywhere else for that matter, behave in set patterns. It is your quest as an angler to ascertain those patterns and tailor your fishing strategy around these patterns. It helps of course to have a boat to fish from when fishing the Atlantic Ocean. You can fish from shore in a variety of spots but boat fishing is certainly the most productive method. As in real estate location is the key to catching fish in the ocean. Many of the Atlantic Ocean fish prefer to congregate around structure of some kind. Whether it is a fishing wreck, bridge or any other kind of structure it is certainly a great place to fish. These areas bring the entire food chain together. Small fish use the area as cover from predation. A variety of crustaceans and other creatures attach themselves to the structure itself to feed. Medium sized fish like Snapper and Sheephead feed off the smaller fish and crustaceans. Larger fish like Shark and Grouper feed off the medium sized fish. All of these fish can and should be targets for the angler! Live bait works best in these situations. In the absence of live bait you can use freshly cut bait with great success as well. Fish is the best bait. Live pinfish and ballyhoo are your best bets. Cut chunks of any fish will work well so long as the meat is freshly cut or freshly thawed if bought frozen. It is then a simple matter of fishing on the bottom and waiting for a strike.

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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