Some of the best fishing along the Virginia coast Coast is found in the waters surrounding Chincoteague Island. Fishing either in the inland waterways or venturing out into the deeper waters of the Atlantic Ocean is bound to be a fun and productive experience. Check the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries web site for regulations.
If Surf Fishing is your preference, that is done on Assateague Island. Please note: a Virginia saltwater license is required for fishing on the beach and fishing is prohibited on beaches with lifeguard towers or designated surfing zones.
Try night fishing! Obtain an after-hours fishing permit from the visitors center for night time fishing. In general, the species you can expect to catch include:
- Spring: Flounder (the largest flounder are typically caught at this time), Striped Bass, and Drumfish.
- Summer: Flounder, Trout, Croaker, Sea Bass, Kingfish, and Spot. Blue Fin and Yellow Fin Tuna offshore.
- Fall: Striped Bass and Drumfish.
Charter Boat fishing is also an option. These captains know all the best places to go! Whether you want to go out deep sea fishing or fish for flounder in the bays, the charter boat captains here know where to take you. See a list of charter boat companies on the island.
If you are in need of some supplies for your fishing trip, there are multiple bait and tackle shops on the island. Here is a list:
- Capt. Bob’s Marina 2477 Main Street, 757-336-6654
- Captain Steve’s 6527 Maddox Blvd., 757-336-0569
- Snug Harbor 7536 East Side Road, 757-336-6176
Lastly, you can rent a boat. Whether you want something as small as a kayak or 16′ fiberglass boat, or a pontoon, there is a rental option for you. Plus, the experienced fisherman renting you vessels usually have good advice about where to throw your crab pot or drop a line. Captian Bob’s Marina or Snug Harbor also rent boats.
With all this in mind, you will still need somewhere to rest your head at night when not casting your net! Consider staying at our Chincoteague Inn, where you will be treated to superior hospitality and comfort.
There’s still time to plan your 2012 Labor Day weekend vacation on Chincoteague Island. Book ahead at our inn between Virginia’s Eastern Shore mainland and Assateague Island. Eight individually decorated rooms await you, all with their own private bathrooms. Some have additional amenities such as flat screen TV, fireplace and garden views. The 1848 manor house has been restored to retain its historic charm while offering all the modern amenities you expect, including free Wi-Fi. In September, it’ll still be hot, so you’ll appreciate choosing an inn near Assateague that’s fully air conditioned. The large Maryland “T”-style home also offers plenty of space to relax, whether in the three spacious common areas or out on the inviting patio and surrounding gardens.
The longer Labor Day weekend gives you plenty of time to explore the natural beauty of the Virginia coast. See the Chincoteague ponies and a variety of wildlife and wild birds at the Assateague National Seashore. Strolling its 37 miles of unspoiled beaches will help you forget any cares of the workaday world. Bask on the sands of Assateague Beach or get on the water and kayak lazily past Assateague Lighthouse. You can also reach the lighthouse by biking or hiking the trail that goes from Chincoteague to Assateague Island.
As a traditional fishing village in one the the great fishing areas of the Atlantic coast, there’s also great fishing in Chincoteague. Rent some gear from a local fishing shop and peacefully fish off the pier. You can also hire a fishing charter to do some serious deep sea fishing or take a scenic cruise to see ponies, dolphins and the gorgeous Chincoteague sunset.
If you like the shopping and dining out, our inn near Assateague is right on Chincoteague’s historic Main Street. You can walk to enjoy the fresh seafood restaurants and unique shops of Chincoteague.
After a day of playing or relaxing, you’ll love coming home to the luxuries and comforts of your guest room in our Chincoteague inn.
If this sounds like a great way to spend the long Labor Day weekend, give us a call at (757) 336-5436 or check availability today!