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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. 





Bluefin Tuna Fishing Offshore Virginia Beach

We heard a rumor that some bluefin tuna had been spotted to the south of Virginia Beach on Sunday and Tuesday looked like a day that we could get out of Rudee Inlet to go commercial fishing for bluefins. This would not be a typical va beach fishing charter. We were taking a three man crew in search of bluefin tuna to sell commercially. The crew of Matador left out of Rudee Inlet late monday night headed south looking for bluefin tuna out in the gulf stream offshore. Bluefin tuna fishing can be tough and can be like finding a needle in a haystack. These fish swim in schools and either you are where they are or you arent. We started out looking for them in the area they had been found on sunday and as the sun came up, we put our lines out and began trolling around looking for signs that the bluefin tuna were in the area. Within a very short time, we had our first bite of the day from a 250# bluefin tuna that we fought for about 30 minutes before landing and putting in the boat. I circled the boat around and a short time later, we had our second bite of the day. This bluefin was a little larger than the first fish was and put up a much stronger fight. We fought this fish for over an hour before we had the fish subdued boatside. Even though the rules say we can catch 3 bluefin tuna per day right now to sell commercially, we were tired of fighting fish and had two nice ones laying on deck. The bite had shut down and we decided to go home early. We went to where the fish were, caught two in short time and came back to rudee inlet to sell the fish. I wish all days of fishing were that easy. We are really happy to see that the bluefin tunas have arrived. Typically they are the first fish that shows up in the spring and once they get here, it means our fishing season out of Virginia Beach has started. We are currently booking offshore fishing trips for bluefin tuna out of rudee inlet in virginia beach for the next several weeks. We are also booking inshore va beach fishing charters and offshore va beach fishing charters through the summer, so if you are making virginia beach travel plans, give us a shout and book a charter fishing trip out of virginia beach. Thanks capt. Jake 757-749-6008


Virginia beach deep drop charter fishing

Sunday we were scheduled to run an offshore deep drop fishing charter out of rudee inlet in Virginia Beach aboard Matador. These guys had the trip set up and the weather looked great but turned bad last minute. Deep drop fishing requires light winds and light currents but with the forecast we had, we would have neither light winds nor light currents. Our group still wanted to go after explaining this to them and they still wanted to try their luck, so we went. They wanted to target some of the deeper species like golden tilefish, and even though conditions werent right for dropping in 600-1000 feet of water, we tried anyways. The current and wind were just too strong and they couldnt hold bottom well so we moved inshore to a hole that holds some grouper, wreckfish, and rosefish. This spot was only about 400 feet deep and the guys were finally able to hold bottom and started catching some fish. They caught a lot of dogfish, some rosefish, and a couple wreckfish. After a while doing this, we moved inshore to target blueline tilefish in 300 feet of water. Again we caught plenty of dogfish. We also caught a bunch of jumbo sea bass, but they are not in season so had to be released, and we had a couple blueline tilefish. We fished really hard and put a lot of work into it but the end result was that we had some fish in the coolers, which granted the conditions, I would call a success. We will be running deep drop and offshore fishing charters out of Virginia Beach for the next several months so give us a call and get your trip booked. 


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