Marshview Park: Virginia Beach’s Hundred-Acre Woods

May 22nd, 2015 by Katherine Jackson

Photo credit: Katherine Jackson

Photo credit: Katherine Jackson

Like the fictional forest inhabited by Winnie-the-Pooh, Marshview Park is a serene, hundred-acre woods located just a stone’s throw from the oceanfront. Nestled between several neighborhoods, the park lies on the banks of Owls Creek, which connects with Lake Rudee. Until recently, the park was undeveloped, but a small parking lot and an asphalt trail have now been built. The trail is ADA accessible and affords a short, pleasant venture into the woods. A friend who lives near the park told me years ago that it was a great place to bike, but only once had I walked a short way into the woods. When I learned that the new trail was finished, I was eager to investigate, and I was impressed by what I found.

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Fishing Prospects are Golden

May 15th, 2015 by Mike Halperin

Dylan Moore shows off his red drum catch

Dylan Moore shows off his red drum catch

Red drum, the powerful golden-hued fish also known as reds, channel bass, or redfish are now biting in Virginia Beach waters. Bull reds up to 46 inches have been caught at the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Red drum of that size, qualifiers for Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament release citation awards, are feeding in shoal waters between Fisherman’s Island and Smith Island.  These fish are also around buoy “13” inside the bay and the Eastern Shore of Virginia’s barrier island surf.  Sea clams and peeler crabs are best baits; however, blue crabs and chowder clams will also produce.

Black drum, another popular fish, will also feed in the same areas as the red drum over the next few weeks. Black drum to over 70 lbs. have been landed from the Fisherman’s Island surf with most bites coming on clam/crab baits.  Both black and red drum will gradually move to shoal areas inside the mouth of the bay as more and larger drum steadily arrive.  Best fishing is typically from dusk to a few hours after dark.

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Upcoming Tournaments & Family Fishing Opportunities

May 14th, 2015 by Mike Halperin

Virginia Beach Angler’s Club 19th Annual Cobia Classic Tournament

June 19-20, 2015

Contact George Gabriel:
757.619.1638
VBAnglersclub@gmail.com

This could be you this season!

Nice cobia catch last season


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Virginia Beach – A Great Place to Salute the Armed Forces, Past & Present

May 8th, 2015 by Teresa Diaz

Virginia Beach is a proud military community.

We honor our heroes, past and present.

Here are five ways you can show your love and pride for those

who served, and those who still serve, our great country.


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1. Tidewater Veterans Memorial (William L. “Billy” Myers, Sr. Veterans Memorial Park) –  19th Street near the Resort Beach; directly across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Designed as a tribute to area veterans of all wars, from the Revolutionary War through all other conflicts, this stunning waterfall sculpture symbolizes the elements of war that both unify and divide us. Hundreds gather annually at ceremonies to honor the fallen. Free and open to the public; free parking.

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Virginia Beach Fishing Looking Up

May 7th, 2015 by Mike Halperin

Editor’s Note:  This post originally went live on May 1st but was subsequently taken down for internal technical issues. Please take note that as outlined in paragraph two, tautog season CLOSED on May 1st.

Angling prospects have started to slowly improve. Fishermen trying their luck can expect bluefish inshore, tilefish on the Shelf, bluefin tuna in the deep, and red and black drum and striped bass in the Eastern Shore surf. The drum should soon make their way into Chesapeake Bay.   A long winter coupled with low saltwater temperatures has significantly delayed migration of area favorites such as croaker and flounder, species that will start to bite aggressively once bay and ocean waters warm.

Dr. Julie Bell with two beautiful togs

Dr. Julie Bell with two beautiful togs

Although the season closed May 1st, tautog provided a “spring saver” for fishermen working inshore and offshore wrecks and pilings of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Decent catches of 2 to 5 lb. togs have been made with still larger fish coming from some offshore wrecks.  Tog season resumes September 20th with all indications pointing to a good fall run.

Bluefish up to 22 inches have arrived and are chasing bait inside Rudee Inlet. This offers a great chance to break out light tackle coupled with environmentally-friendly craft such as kayaks to enjoy maximum sport.  As inlet waters warm, expect larger blues up to 30 or more inches to join the party.

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Three Beaches, Three Outstanding Bike Trails

April 29th, 2015 by Katherine Jackson

CBBVirginia Beach’s three beaches – the Chesapeake Bay Beach, the Resort Beach and Sandbridge Beach – all have their unique qualities and character. However, one thing they have in common is access to outstanding bike trails. I don’t use the superlative “outstanding” lightly. I’ve done my fair share of recreational biking around the country and these three trails compare with the best.

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Tips from a local on better ways to reach the beach

April 17th, 2015 by Teresa Diaz

Proving that life really is about the journey, several driving routes offer scenic experiences on the way to your destination. You may even reach your Resort Beach hotel sooner if you travel like a local!

Culture Trip top 1017th Street: Approach the southern streets of Resort Beach via 17th Street, known as the “old gateway” into Virginia Beach, where longtime favorites line your path.

19th Street: Take 19th Street for towering views of the Virginia Beach Convention Center on your approach to the heart of Resort Beach.

Laskin Road: Follow Laskin Road through Virginia Beach’s newest gateway corridor to be greeted by sculptural installations on your way to Resort Beach and Neptune Park.

Shore Drive: Let Shore Drive lead you alongside the natural surroundings of First Landing Park on your way to Resort Beach’s north end.

Here’s a great map showing these better ways to the beach:

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