Because Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a huge peninsula with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Chesapeake Bay on the other, its fishing habitat is both extensive and highly diverse. On the seaside, there is are barrier islands separated from the mainland by a complex network of inlets, bays, marshes, and creeks. The protection afforded by these high salinity sanctuaries attracts and nurtures fish and birds in an ecosystem that is breathtaking in its scope and beauty. The seaside bays and inlets are famous for early arrivals of flounder in the spring and the barrier islands are magnets fro big red drum.
On the Bay side, there are other unique characteristics that contribute to special ecosystems. First, most of the Ocean water coming into the Bay enters and flows along the Eastern side of the Bay. This high is clearer and has higher salinity than the water in the main stem of the Bay. This creates creeks with exceptionally clear water that attracts sight feeders like speckled trout and even tarpon if you know where to look. Cobia abound in summer, feeding along the drop offs near creek mouths and shoals. And big black drum are commonplace all summer. Cobia and black drum in the 80-100 pound range are frequently caught and provide anglers using 30-40 test equipment with a chance to show their skill and endurance.
Whether you are fishing or just sightseeing, the waters of Virginia’s Eastern Shore will captivate you.