I apologize for not keeping up with my ‘Angling Right’ posts of late! As a young professional in politics, I lead quite a busy life. Nevertheless, I do my best to allow time to enjoy the finer things in life like fishing.
I spent this past weekend down in in the Hampton Roads area of my adopted home state Virginia–specifically Norfolk and Virginia Beach. While there, I had the opportunity to go deep-sea fishing with my dad and my sister. I haven’t been deep-sea fishing since summer 2011 (I was still living in California then), so I was excited to board a deep-sea fishing charter and let loose.
Deep-sea fishing is more challenging and difficult than freshwater fishing, but is equally fun to participate in.
For purposes of affordability and higher likelihood of catching fish, we opted for Rudee Inlet Charters. Since we came before Labor Day, we paid $40.00/person for a half-day trip aboard the Rudee Angler. Our rate included a saltwater fishing license, tackle, bait, weights, and rods.
Here are the schedule and corresponding rates:
SUMMER: Memorial Day – Labor Day, 1/2 day trips, everyday 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:30pm-5:30pm. Adults $40.00 Kids age 4 to 11 $29.00
July – Mid August, Night fishing every Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday from 6:00pm – 9:30pm. Adults $35.00 Kids age 4 to 11 $29.00
Every Thursday June thru August 17 hr. Offshore Trip 3AM- 8PM $200.00 per person. This trip is limited to 35 anglers. Reservations Required!
SPRING AND FALL: 3/4 day trips from 8:00am – 2:00pm Adults $70.00 Kids age 4 to 11 $60.00
Full day trips from 8:00am – 5:00pm Adults $90.00 Kids age 4 to 11 $80.00 Reservations recommended on this trip!
WINTER: Every Saturday, Deep drop 17 hour trips 3:00am – 8:00pm $200.00 per person. Reservations are required for this trip as we limit the number of anglers to 35!
Rudee Inlet Charters is located on 200 Winston-Salem Avenue in Virginia Beach. Below is a shot of Rudee Inlet from the Rudee Angler:
Here is our final catch!
Our final catch: two croakers and a bluefish.
My dad did quite well for himself. He caught two decent-sized croakers but had to throw back about 9 smaller croakers since they didn’t meet the 12″ requirement.
Of the three of us, my dad ended up the victor with his 18″ croaker and 13″ croaker.
It was my sister’s first time deep-sea fishing, and she did quite well for herself.
It was my sister’s first time deep-sea fishing, and she caught this beautiful 16″ bluefish thanks to the help of boat mate James!
During August, you can catch the following species: Cobia, Red and Black Drum, Bluefish, Croaker, Trout, Flounder Croaker, Spot, Trout, Taug, Spadfish, Spanish Mackeral.
And yes, I did catch a croaker! (Alas, it was too small to keep.)
Here was my catch. Sadly, I couldn’t keep this croaker because it was just shy of 12″.
Before you decide to go deep-sea fishing in Virginia Beach, note several things:
1) If you’re prone to motion sickness, bring some Dramamine with you. I had a bad experience deep-sea fishing in Mazatlan, Mexico, in 2007 that led me to associate deep-sea fishing with seasickness. I was spared seasickness this trip, which made my experience FAR more enjoyable. Don’t miss out on good fishing if motion sickness can be avoided!
2) Wake up early and be punctual. Fishing charters generally board 30 minutes before take-off. Make sure you arrive early for morning or afternoon trips. Trips are on a first come, first serve basis.
3) Protect yourself and keep hydrated. Looks can be deceiving with respect to weather. Even if it’s cloudy, bring sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Your body will thank you!
4) Tip the shipmates. They bait your line and are hilarious to boot. Don’t be cheap!
5) Have fun! Deep-sea fishing is intense and produces less dividends than freshwater fishing, but it’s not entirely worthless. Even if you don’t catch any fish, enjoy sweeping views of the ocean and breathe in some fresh air.
With summer winding down, I’ll be taking a break from fishing and spending more time around firearms. (Details forthcoming!)
I’ll have two more ‘Angling Right’ posts this year: one in late November and another in mid-December. Stay tuned!