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Outdoor Report - July 2, 2014

Happy Independence Day! Please remember those who gave so much for us. I find it really interesting that we live just up the road from the stirrings of our nation’s birth, Leedstown.

FISHING
Rappahannock River – We heard very little about the Rappahannock River again this week. Anecdotal reports did show that bass were hitting plastics along wood structure, and catfish are game if you have fresh bait.
Potomac River – Aqua Land in Southern Md. reports that anglers are catching croaker and spot right off the beach now; many are keepers. Squid was the reported best bait this week for both croaker and spot.  
Ponds – Ken’s Tackle Shop in Spotsylvania reported that Old Cossey Pond in Fredericksburg was a hotspot for bass, crappie and catfish this week. Bluegill are hitting crickets very well now.
Bowies’s Pond in Westmoreland County was reportedly very good for bluegill.
Hunting Run Reservoir was good this week for small bass.
Motts Run Reservoir reported great catfish action on chicken livers. Sunfish are hitting very well, too. Something big is also breaking lines every week at the infamous underwater island at Motts. No word on what it may be but anglers are very curious.
Saltwater – Croaker are hitting very consistently from our area down to Virginia Beach. Last year, we had a lot of puppy drum. This year, they appear to be scarce so far. Spanish are hitting off Virginia Beach. Some roundheads are also being caught off the beach down there. Cobia are biting well in the lower Bay now.
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 continues to be excellent.  

Hunter Education Courses coming up
Now is a good time to get your hunter education course done. Here are the upcoming dates for courses locally offered. You must register at the following link to take the course. If for some reason you cannot make it after registering, PLEASE call the instructor and cancel your registration so someone else can register. http://register-ed.com/programs/virginia/agency:19
July 21 King George County Recreation Department    Instructor- Buddy Fines 540/775-7294
Aug. 23: King George County Recreation Department Instructor- Stanley Burrell 540/582-5492
Oct. 11: Oak Grove Baptist Church, Westmoreland County Instructor- Rick Wilks 540/775-4625
—Mark Fike

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