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Outdoors Report -July 10, 2013

Freshwater fishing continues to be pretty good but saltwater fishing is not that great.

Rappahannock River
As has been the case the past few weeks, catfish continue to hit fresh cut bait the best. Worms are not working near as well. Shrimp has worked well. Gar continue to splash on the surface. They like minnows if you are interested in catching one. Bass anglers are finding action to be hit or miss but those that are hitting are doing well. Crankbaits and plastics back in the creeks and at the creek mouths between Fredericksburg and Port Royal have been reportedly the best. The upper river never seems to stay clear for more than a few days before it gets muddy again. If you can catch the river in a decent state the smallmouth angling should be good.

Potomac River
Aqua Land reported very windy conditions that kept many anglers from going too far out. However, catfish are hitting pretty much everything. The croaker are reportedly hitting well in spurts. One croaker was reportedly a full 20 inches long! Some nice spot are also in the area. Try bloodworms and Fishbites for them.
Winter Harbor reported good croaker action with fish 10 inches and larger. Try shrimp for bait or squid. Some white perch are also hitting well and the puppy drum have been hitting well too.

Motts Run
Anglers reported some perch and crappie caught on nightcrawlers and jigs.

Saltwater
Cobia are hitting in the lower bay and the bite is finally taking off. Some nice croaker are being caught in the York Spit area and the lower bay. The Spanish are being trolled off the oceanfront with regularity now. Spadefish are on wrecks, the Cell, the CBBT and lighthouses. Bluefish are reportedly a poor showing so far. Some catch and release striper have been caught in Virginia waters. Flounder action is finally starting to come on. The tuna bite offshore is hit or miss.

Events
July 19 – Hunter Education class at King George Rec. Dept. Instructor: Rick Wilks (540-775-4625)
Aug. 9 – 11 – Annual Sportsman’s Show in Richmond
Aug. 10 – Disabled Veterans Fun Day Sealston Sports Complex at noon.
Aug. 24 – Hunter Education class King George Middle School at 8 a.m. Stanley Burrell 540-582-5492
Sep.14—Third Annual Deer Hunting Seminar at Caledon State Park at 8 a.m. Rick Wilks 540-775-4625
Sep. 21—Sixth Annual Youth Outdoor Day at Caledon State Park at 10 a.m.

Mark and Missy Fike

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