Catch fish on vacation without breaking the bank (And maybe even see a submarine!)


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WFXR) – You’re on a beach vacation and want to get the family out for a little fishing. A local fishing dock is a good option, but the outlook, depending on the time of year, can be limited. You can book a charter, but charters can be expensive. Or you could explore an option that provides access to a wide variety of target species, and at a price that won’t break the bank.

We’re talking about a walk-on head boat.

The bow of the Rudee Mariner

Lead boats typically charge between $ 30 and $ 60 per person depending on location and length of trip. They are led by captains who know the local waters and the species that strike at a particular time of year. Lead boats also provide all fishing gear, tackle and bait, and deckhands / companions are on board to assist you. They are a great way to put fish in the cooler to take home for some fish fry.

Croakers caught aboard the Rudee Mariner

In Virginia Beach, Rudee Tours operates a number of lead boats. They usually make two trips a day: one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Most of the time they offer a short run to the fishing grounds. During the summer, croakers and the spot provide most of the action, although plaice, sea trout and black bass are also featured. They all make fantastic dishes.

“We also caught a bunch of fish and plan to eat them for dinner tomorrow,” Vinton’s Jenny Tuck said.

She and her husband Joe had taken their family to Virginia Beach on vacation and wanted an affordable way to spend time on the water.

“It’s a great way to get everyone fishing,” added Joe Tuck.

Plus, you never know what you’ll see. In addition to stunning views of the Virginia Beach waterfront, you may be able to see dolphins and other wildlife. The region is also home to US military installations. The day we were there, a US Navy submarine surfaced nearby and was escorted to Naval Base Norfolk.

US Navy submarine surfaces near Virginia Beach

Space can fill up on boats, so you need to call ahead to make reservations, and it is customary to tip your ratings.

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