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Outdoor Report - July 9, 2014

Fishing is tougher during the day. Fish early and late, and fish often. The fish are definitely biting! Over the weekend, the Rappahannock was high and muddy, but by press time, the river was settling down.

FISHING
Rappahannock River — Catfish are biting well on the Rappahannock River right now. However, the biggest fish are biting solely at night and on fresh-cut bait or eels. Eating-sized fish will hit during the day, but that can be miserable unless you are fishing in the shade. Try cutbait or minnows for the larger fish, and worms or chicken liver for the smaller fish.

Bass were reportedly hitting topwater in the creeks and creek mouths early and late, with a crank and jig bite on structure as the day warmed up.

Potomac River — Croaker are reportedly biting along structure, drop offs and holes, on squid and shrimp in the river now. Early and late are better times to fish. Catfish are also common by catches for anglers. Some spots were also hitting bloodworms and Fishbites. Few striper were caught this week that we heard about. Crabbing has been tough, to say the least.

Ponds — Minnows, hoppers, crickets and topwater lures were the best baits in ponds. Crankbaits and plastic worms or creature baits are also producing for anglers. Bluegill and bass are hitting well. Some bowfin and jackfish are hitting spoons, cranks and minnows.

Motts Run Reservoir reported great catfish action on chicken livers. One angler took his limit in one hole at the reservoir. Otherwise, the fishing was reportedly slow this past week.

Saltwater — Croaker continue to hit very consistently from our area all the way down to Virginia Beach. Cobia are hitting in the Bay and sheepshead and spades are active near the CBBT. Puppy drum are hitting at Lynnhaven. Roundhead and spot are hitting in the surf, and scattered catches of macks are being caught off the beach, too. Puppy drum are hitting at the bottom of the Bay on minnows and GULP baits. Fish weedlines and oysterbeds.
Captain Ryan Rogers of the Midnight Sun (804/580-0245) is now at Virginia Beach. The spadefish bite was really good before the hurricane went by. Tuna were hit or miss, but hopefully, that action will pick up now that the water got stirred some.

 Hunter Education Courses coming up
Now is a good time to get your hunter education course done. Here are the upcoming dates for courses offered locally. 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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