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Outdoor Report - June 25, 2014

FISHING
Fishing continues to be good, although it has gone into a summer pattern.

Rappahannock River — We heard very little about the Rappahannock this week. What we did hear is that bream in the tributaries are reportedly biting and that catfish have come out of their spawning lull and are hungry for cut bait and eels.



Potomac River — Aqua Land in Southern Maryland reports that anglers are catching croaker and spot, right off the beach now. Squid and shrimp are the baits of choice. Some nice croaker are caught below the bridge, as well. Catfish are hitting well all over the river. Nightcrawlers has been a favorite catfish bait.

Ponds — The topwater bite is on, early and late, and the plastic worm and summer pattern has taken over. Fish slower and deeper with the heat. Crappie have also finished spawning and are hitting minnows off the lily pads. Fish deeper and work the minnows around.

Hunting Run Reservoir was good this week for small bass and chain pickerel. Chain pickerel and bass were hitting minnows and small spoons.

Motts Run Reservoir reported some nice catfish action on chicken livers. One was 23 inches long. A citation redear was also caught this week off the pier. Small bass are also hitting well on a variety of baits.
Saltwater — Croaker are hitting very consistently downriver from us on both the Potomac and Rappahannock. Squid and shrimp tend to be the best. Tappahannock and Colonial Beach are great spots to get a nice limit.

Captain Ryan Rogers of the Midnight Sun (804) 580-0245 is now  at Virginia Beach. The spadefish bite has been fair to good, while offshore, the tuna and Mahi Mahi bite has been good. Shark fishing on Ryan’s boat has been very good.

The lower Bay has been great for cobia, good for flounder, and fair for drum. A few bluefish are in the Bay, as well as spot, croaker and puppy drum. Off the Virginia Beach front, there are Spanish in 30 feet of water.
Mark Fike

 

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