The Atlantic coastal waters up to 40 nautical miles off Virginia are studded with structure: underwater sand hills, buoys, wrecks, artificial reefs, and man made towers. These structures attract migratory fish like mackerel, spadefish, amberjack, black sea bass, tautog, flounder, bluefin tuna, bluefish and red drum.
Numerous offshore wrecks dot Virginia’s coastal waters. NOAA chart number 12200 depicts many of these structures. Most hold sea bass, tautog and flounder on the bottom and many have amberjack, bluefin tuna, bluefish, king mackerel and spadefish cruising the surface waters around them.
These coastal waters are called ‘green water’ by the local fishermen. This water is generally cooler then the ‘blue water’ associated with the Gulf Stream waters further offshore. Read more about blue water on the Atlantic Offshore page of this site.
These near shore coastal waters are migratory highways for many species travelling between their winter and summer homes. Professional captains know these migratory patterns and can help you find the right species at the right time of the year.