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Virginia???

Postby JuanMas » July 4th, 2017, 8:09 am

Getting Stationed in Norfolk, Virginia sometime in August. Is spearfishing even a possibility?
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Re: Virginia???

Postby Bill McIntyre » July 4th, 2017, 10:55 am

I've never been diving there, but I'm pretty sure I recall reading on other forums about spearing striped bass under the bridges. And if you can get a ride, I think they have offshore spearing for fish like Mahi-Mahi and wahoo.
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Re: Virginia???

Postby JuanMas » July 4th, 2017, 12:10 pm

Bill McIntyre wrote:I've never been diving there, but I'm pretty sure I recall reading on other forums about spearing striped bass under the bridges. And if you can get a ride, I think they have offshore spearing for fish like Mahi-Mahi and wahoo.


Thanks Bill! I've heard the NC Outer Banks are worth the trip as well but I'm not familiar with the area at all, let alone the rest of the east coast... Or the Atlantic :confusion-shrug:
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Re: Virginia???

Postby Bill McIntyre » July 5th, 2017, 8:18 am

The Outer Banks are definitely worth the trip. I just don't know how different they are from Virginia Beach.

I was stationed at Cherry Point, NC for four years, sort of at the southern end of the outer banks, and dove and fished off of Cape Lookout. There isn't much structure along the sandy beaches, although I had great spearing for flounder up to 18 pounds on a rock breakwater. But offshore there are a lot of wrecks. They call the Cape Hatteras area "the Graveyard of the Atlantic" for good reason. The edge of the continental shelf was about 40 miles off Cape Lookout, although sometimes the Gulf Stream was as close as 20 miles, and I think both are a lot closer to shore off of Hatteras.
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Re: Virginia???

Postby dam » July 6th, 2017, 12:04 pm

Bill McIntyre wrote:The Outer Banks are definitely worth the trip. I just don't know how different they are from Virginia Beach.

I was stationed at Cherry Point, NC for four years, sort of at the southern end of the outer banks, and dove and fished off of Cape Lookout. There isn't much structure along the sandy beaches, although I had great spearing for flounder up to 18 pounds on a rock breakwater. But offshore there are a lot of wrecks. They call the Cape Hatteras area "the Graveyard of the Atlantic" for good reason. The edge of the continental shelf was about 40 miles off Cape Lookout, although sometimes the Gulf Stream was as close as 20 miles, and I think both are a lot closer to shore off of Hatteras.

Man, I don't know why but reading this gets me so hot. :sleeping-drool:
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Re: Virginia???

Postby Behslayer » July 7th, 2017, 5:35 am

Yes. There can be great diving in the area. There's a bunch of Virginia guys, and some of them have boats and go offshore. Post up on Spearboard as well. Wrightsville Beach, NC has a really solid Spearo community and a lot of those guys are ex military. Check out Sam Blount at Frontline Freediving. Those guys dive a lot and score a lot. I know some of the Virginia guys go up to NC and dive Bluewater for Wahoo and Tuna.. I also know there's some great Wahoo/Mahi diving out of SC.
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Re: Virginia???

Postby Sethster » July 13th, 2017, 4:11 am

Sethster from Virginia here. Total newb (don't blast me too much) to spearfishing but longtime big game land hunter. I am finishing up my freediving class in august and am seeking places as well. I have heard of guys catching some decent togs off the pilons of the cbbt(Chesapeake bay bridge tunnel) as well as Backside of rudee jettee. Cbbt has a series of 4 islands between the bridges. Was just on shore 2 days ago decent weather...to access the first island I think you can just use a kayak. I think it's only about .75 of a mile out. It's just off of Little Creek amphib
I read you can access rudee from parking just across the street and carrying your stuff to access from shore. Almost forgot-if you go north across cbbt there is a state park near kiptopeke that is probably a good place too-they Parked a bunch of old concrete ships for an artificial reef there. Let me know thoughts
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Re: Virginia???

Postby JuanMas » July 15th, 2017, 10:40 am

Behslayer wrote:Yes. There can be great diving in the area. There's a bunch of Virginia guys, and some of them have boats and go offshore. Post up on Spearboard as well. Wrightsville Beach, NC has a really solid Spearo community and a lot of those guys are ex military. Check out Sam Blount at Frontline Freediving. Those guys dive a lot and score a lot. I know some of the Virginia guys go up to NC and dive Bluewater for Wahoo and Tuna.. I also know there's some great Wahoo/Mahi diving out of SC.


Thanks Jon! I can't tell you how good it is to hear there's a thriving community out there. When I tell people my orders they usually just look at me like I'm terminally ill and quietly apologize :nuts:

I'm excited to get out there and dive something new.
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Re: Virginia???

Postby JuanMas » July 15th, 2017, 10:48 am

Sethster wrote:Sethster from Virginia here. Total newb (don't blast me too much) to spearfishing but longtime big game land hunter. I am finishing up my freediving class in august and am seeking places as well. I have heard of guys catching some decent togs off the pilons of the cbbt(Chesapeake bay bridge tunnel) as well as Backside of rudee jettee. Cbbt has a series of 4 islands between the bridges. Was just on shore 2 days ago decent weather...to access the first island I think you can just use a kayak. I think it's only about .75 of a mile out. It's just off of Little Creek amphib
I read you can access rudee from parking just across the street and carrying your stuff to access from shore. Almost forgot-if you go north across cbbt there is a state park near kiptopeke that is probably a good place too-they Parked a bunch of old concrete ships for an artificial reef there. Let me know thoughts


There's a video on youtube of people spearing cobia off of the CBBT as well! Seems like there's some good inshore diving to be had if you don't mind the murk.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUO7d1Refj4&t=629s
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