Tidewater Virginia is one of the nation’s most popular destinations for saltwater fishing.
The region includes a variety of habitats that attract saltwater fish species. Saltwater fishing hotspots are generally divided into four categories; tidal rivers, Chesapeake Bay, nearshore ocean, and offshore (deep sea).
A wide range of saltwater fish species are targeted by local fishermen. Popular inshore species include striped bass, flounder, speckled trout, gray trout (weakfish), red drum, black drum, cobia, sheepshead, spot, croakers, kingfish, and others.
Offshore sport fish include tuna, wahoo, mahi mahi, billfish, sharks, and other pelagic species.
Also found in the Atlantic are bottom dwelling species including black sea bass, tautog, grouper, tilefish, and others.