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Spanish Mackerel Fishing In VA Beach

GIGANTIC Spanish mackerel today on the #dronespoons. I get fewer bites with drone spoons, but I dont think I have caught a throwback all season. 3 citations this morning with the biggest being 30" long and 7 pounds 12 ounces. Look at the difference in size between these Spanish mackerel and a "normal sized" Spanish mackerel. Today we had HUNDREDS of Spanish mackerel bites. Best Spanish mackerel fishing I think I have ever seen in Virginia beach.

We still have lots of available charter dates. Give me a call at 7577496008

Thanks, Capt. Jake. @ Matador Sport Fishing Charters



Summer Fishing Charters In Virginia Beach

During the summer, most of the half day charters we do in Virginia beach fish for Spanish mackerel, taylor bluefish, and small sharks. We catch THOUSANDS of spanish mackerel per summer here. Spanish mackerel typically are fairly small at 1 or 2 pounds each, but they are fun to catch, great to eat, we can catch them close to the beach so people dont get sea sick, and kids can catch them, etc. Spanish mackerel fishing for inshore charter boats in Virginia Beach is our bread and butter.

The last couple weeks, we have seen some of the best Spanish mackerel fishing I have ever seen in Virginia Beach. There have been days where we could catch our limit of 15 Spanish mackerel per person and catch our 6 man limit of 90 keeper size Spanish mackerel in an hour or so, and some of them have been huge by Spanish mackerel standards. We caught a 29" fork length Spanish mackerel last weekend that weighed in at 8 pounds 12 ounces. We had 2 citation sized Spanish mackerel in the rain last night over 4 pounds. When you get Spanish mackerel that pull drag, you know they are some big ones.

On a side note, over the years, we have used a number of different baits and lures and spoons for this fishing and most of the tackle we have used is either Chinese made junk, it breaks corrodes, or doesnt stand up to the day to day test of charter fishing. Theres nothing worse than hooking up to a once in a lifetime fish and having a tackle failure. Several years ago, I became friends with Lev Huntington, owner of the Drone Spoons - L.B. Huntington Co., Inc. . He was kind enough to give me a tour of his lure making facility where all Drone spoons are hand made in Norfolk, Virginia, and have been for the better part of 100 years. After years and thousands of hours of trial and error, today we strictly use only drone spoons for our inshore trolling. Theres no cheap hooks that break when you finally hook that big mackerel, cobia, or huge red drum on the small gear. They are made with stainless steel so you dont troll them one time and they become pitted rusted corroded mess the next time you try to use them. Drone costs a smidge more than the other spoons, but the quality of an American made product is worth the extra couple dollars.

I would expect the Spanish mackerel fishing to continue to be great through the summer, and well into September. We have plenty of dates available for charter and this summertime fishing for Spanish mackerel in Virginia beach is a fun, easy, quick, and fairly inexpensive way to get your family out enjoying the water, catching fish. We welcome kids and people who arent experts at fishing and these half day trips are a perfect way to learn a little bit about fishing and the ocean.

If you are interested in a Virginia beach inshore half day fishing trip for Spanish mackerel, or any if the other trips we offer message me here, give me a call at 7577496008 or check www.matadorcharters.com.

Thanks and we look forward to fishing with you.



Virginia Beach Shark Fishing Charter

If you are into shark fishing and want to charter a boat in Virginia Beach to catch a shark, we have the trip for you. Most shark fishing in Virginia is catch and release however, upon request, if a shark is legal to catch, and retain, Matador Charters will do so, but not wastefully. The shark must be processed. It's worth noting that sharks that are caught and released over 6 feet in length  are eligible for Virginia release citation trophy and if you release your trophy catch, the actual carcass of the shark is not needed to get a mount of the fish. Many taxidermy companies such as grays and fish unlimited have special deals with matador charters to get mounts and only measurements of the shark and photos are required to get a mount. Matador charters encourages safe catch and release of most sharks, but also understands that the fish of a lifetime when edible, should be brought home and eaten. Here are the Virginia beach shark fishing trips Matador charters offers:
Half day inshore shark fishing (4 hours $550 for up to six people) : mostly during the summer from June to October, inshore waters off Virginia Beach are teaming with sharks. This half day inshore shark fishing trip is a family favorite as this is a quick trip close to shore, and we safely show family's and children about shark fishing. The sharks we catch on this trip tend to be on the smaller end of the scale as far as shark sizes are concerned, usually 3 to 5 feet but people who are new to fishing in the ocean and kids love seeing these sharks. Most of the sharks we catch on this half day inshore shark charter fishing trip are released, but nonetheless they are fun to catch and we educate everyone about the sharks and they even get to have their picture with the sharks before they are released. The shark species commonly caught on this trip are typically blacktip, spinner, juvenile hammerhead, juvenile sandbar, juvenile bull, sharp nose, and occasionally we may see a larger shark on the half day shark trip. 
Full day inshore shark fishing charter ($1000 up to 8 hours and up to 6 people June to October) This shark fishing charter is a little more for the seasoned angler looking to catch bigger sharks than the half day shark trip. On this full day inshore trip, we have more time to go further from the inlet and this gives us more options for targeting larger sharks. Typical species caught on this trip include all the species of the half day trip, plus sand tiger sharks, adult sandbar, adult bull, adult hammerhead sharks, and occasionally we will catch a tiger shark or dusky on this trip. 
Feeding time happy hour inshore shark fishing trip (evenings June to October $1000 up to 6 hours up to 6 people) It is well known that sharks tend to bite best during the evening hours and during the first couple hours of darkness. This 6 hour evening fishing trip puts our charters where the sharks are when they are feeding. This trip breaks out the heavy tackle and targets big sharks, and often times we get results. Typical species caught are similar to the full day inshore shark fishing, however, the experience of shark fishing at night is so much fun and the sharks tend to be most cooperative during this time of day. 
Offshore shark fishing charter (mostly year round $2000 up to 14 hours up to 6 anglers) This shark fishing charter is for the hard core charter group of anglers who want to catch monster sharks. This trip goes out to the deep where the monster sharks live and spends the day targeting big sharks. Anywhere from 30 to 60 miles offshore the huge pelagic sharks can be found roaming the ocean and we put out the big reels and the fighting chair and catch monster sharks on this trip. 
Overnight shark fishing charter (mostly year round $3600 up to 36 hours up to 6 anglers) this trip spends a day and a half fishing targeting the biggest sharks in the ocean. On this trip we have caught huge hammerhead sharks, monster makos, and even a couple great white sharks amongst  a multitude of other shark species. This is the longest trip we offer and produces the most results. Call for details about this shark fishing charter.
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Virginia beach inshore fishing charter boat

This last week, we have done a lot of inshore fishing in Rudee inlet in Virginia Beach and our inshore fishing charters have caught lots of fish. The bluefish bite in rudee inlet continues to be very good. We have also seen flounder beginning to show up in Rudee Inlet and have caught a couple really nice flounders in the inlet. Off Virginia Beach and in the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay we are beginning to see good numbers of  red drum and black drum. Despite tropical storm Ana spinning off the coast of the Carolinas all weekend, the inshore fishing in Virginia Beach continues to get better with each passing day as the water warms. Next week, black sea bass season starts in Virginia. We will be running inshore and offshore charters for black sea bass. Offshore sharks and deep dropping are dominating most of the fishing attention out of Virginia beach, but soon we will be seeing some tuna and dolphin showing up in our deep sea fishing charter catches. Give me a call at 7577496008 and we can get you booked for whatever kind of chartr fishing trip you are looking for out of Virginia Beach. Thanks, capt. Jake




Virginia Beach shark fishing charter boat

Are sharks interesting to you?

Do you want to catch a shark? 

Have you seen "Shark Week" on television and wondered what it would be like to see a shark in person?

If you answered "Yes!" to any of these three questions, you should call Matador Charters in Virginia Beach and book a shark fishing trip. The Matador Charter boat specializes in both inshore shark fishing and offshore shark fishing and you will not believe how many sharks and how many different species of sharks we see off Virginia Beach.

Inshore Shark fishing charters are great for families. Most of the sharks we catch on these inshore trips are blacktip sharks, sharpnose sharks, and dogfish, however, occassionally we encounter hammerhead, bull, tiger, and sandbar sharks in our inshore waters off the Virginia Beach oceanfront. We typically catch plenty of sharks on our inshore charters and kids really have a great time fishing for and learning about these sharks. Most of the sharks caught on an inshore charter are catch and release.  

Offshore shark fishing charters are for the fisherman who wants to go out into the deep sea waters and catch huge sharks. We typically see a variety of sharks in the waters offshore of Virginia. Mako sharks, hammerhead sharks, dusky sharks, tiger sharks, and brown sharks are all very common species of sharks to be found off the coast of Virginia. There are even some great white sharks spotted from time to time. We offer offshore shark fishing charters almost year round and these trips are available on day trips as well as overnight trips. Mako sharks are typically sought by anglers for their hard fight and good quality meat, and these sharks bite best during the night time hours. 

If you want to catch a shark, come to Virginia Beach and reserve a charter fishing trip with Matador Charters. 





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