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If you’re look­ing to add Virginia Beach to your cir­cuit later this sum­mer or fall, there are plenty of op­tions for tran­sient slips, but avail­abil­ity can be de­pen­dent on the size of your boat.

“Own­ers with large tower boats who want a slip in town should make reser­va­tions with the Virginia Beach Fish­ing Cen­ter well in ad­vance of a trip. This is where I keep Water­man, and you’re right in­side Rudee In­let, so you don’t have to con­tend with the bridge. If your boat doesn’t have a tower, then the bridge isn’t a prob­lem. If no slips are avail­able in town, there are usu­ally plenty avail­able in­side Lynnhaven In­let just a few miles away. Ei­ther way, you can still stay in town and Uber your way around,” Stand­ing says.

The Hy­att House on 27th Street of­fers dis­count room rates for fish­er­men, but there are plenty of other places to stay both on and off the beach. Stand­ing owns three gath­er­ing places on the board­walk: Chix Sea­side Grill for light fare, Water­man’s Surf­side Grill for fine din­ing, and the Shack on 8th with a laid-back open-air bar of­fer­ing games, live mu­sic and great scenery. Water­man’s has su­perb seafood — take my word for it — and they’ll be happy to cook your catch if an er­rant tuna, mahimahi or wa­hoo hap­pens to in­ter­rupt your mar­lin fish­ing dur­ing the day. Virginia Beach’s ocean­side nightlife is var­ied, and the vibe of the en­tire town is mel­low and very fam­ily-friendly.

Virginia Beach com­bines the best of bill­fish­ing with a great place to va­ca­tion, top­ping if off with one of the best tour­na­ments held on the East Coast each year: the Virginia Beach Bill­fish Tour­na­ment. It’s held dur­ing the prime of white mar­lin sea­son — this year Au­gust 23 through 26 — so if you’re in­ter­ested, reg­is­ter early be­cause it’s lim­ited en­try, and the tour­na­ment is very pop­u­lar with lo­cals and trav­el­ing teams alike.

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