Reel it in this summer in Norfolk! The fishing here is all the rage, acclaimed by both locals and visitors from afar. The word on the street, or shall we say on the water, is that the fish are BIG, so plan your summer fishing trips now. Grab your bait and prepare to tackle Norfolk’s angling scene with these fishing opportunities and expert tips. 

Kayak Kevin

(Photo: Willy Rags)

Captain Chris Martin grew up in Ocean View and has been fishing the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean his entire life. When Captain Chris has spare time, you can find him on the water! He’s always had a passion for fishing and knows a lot about catching both inshore and offshore fish. He is a member of the Norfolk Angler’s Club and the Virginia Charter Boat Association. Captain Chris created Takedown Sportfishing, where he shares his passion and knowledge for catching all types of fish with fishermen of all skill levels. Captain Chris’ fishing season starts June 1, 2017. Book your fishing trip at Takedown Sportfishing today! 


Meet a Few of Norfolk’s Expert Fisherman

Kevin Whitley, also known as Kayak Kevin, is a specialty kayak fisherman. His impressive list of accomplishments includes completing a 500-mile tour from the Georgia/Florida border all the way to Norfolk … via kayak! He also accomplished a 600-mile fishing tour, which he made into a DVD called Kayak Kevin’s Chesapeake Bay Tour. You can check out the trailer here. Kayak Kevin has been awarded the Saltwater Angler award and the Angler of the Year award. He is passionate about kayak fishing and enjoys promoting all that it offers! 

Kayak Kevin

(Photo: Mike Harrison)

A few insider fishing tips from Kayak Kevin: 

-When is the popular season for fishing? 

 “Spring and fall is the most active, but I like the summer most.” 


-What types of fish do you regularly catch? Any favorites? 

“My favorite is the red drum, but my three favorites after that are spadefish, flounder, and tautog.” 


-Is fishing while kayaking "out of norm"? When did you begin fishing from your kayak? 

“I started in 2001 and it has become fairly normal over that last 10 years.” 


-Do you have any tips for new fishers? 

“If you’re in a kayak, start off in protected waters like a lake or boat wake-controlled inlet.” 


-What are you favorite local fishing areas? 

“I think for a kayaker the HRBT (Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel) is a great place to learn. You’ll get current and structure but you don’t have to go far from shore to experience good local kayak fishing.”