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Outdoor Report - July 16, 2014

Fishing has been good but still tough once the sun gets up. Fish early and late to beat the heat and catch more fish.

Rappahannock River---Catfish continue to bite well on the Rappahannock River. Some are still coming off the spawn but most are done. Fresh cutbait is the best bait.


Bass were reportedly still hitting topwater in the creeks and creek mouths early. Try finesse worms during the day on woody structure.

Potomac River— Croaker are biting in the river up to Eagle’s Nest but most of the fish are very small.
Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that from Colonial Beach down to Westmoreland State Park the bite is better. Try shrimp.

Aqua Land reported good striper action with some keepers mixed in. Fish the lumps and drop offs with jigs, sassy shads, jerkbaits and RatL Traps. Some small bluefish showed up this week too. No puppy drum to speak off. Squid continues to be the best seller at Aqua Land.

 

PONDS
Ken’s told us that ponds were good for crappie on small minnows.
Motts Run Reservoir reported great catfish action on chicken livers down by the dam. Some very nice bluegill are being taken around the ramp in the coves.

SALTWATER
Croaker continue to hit very consistently from our area all the way down to Virginia Beach. Cobia are hitting in the bay. The mack bite picked up and the spades also picked up. A few nice flatties were taken at the Cell but the bite is still off. Puppy drum are hitting in the lower bay now.

Captain Ryan Rogers of the Midnight Sun 804-580-0245 now is at Virginia Beach. The spadefish bite continues to be decent. However, his offshore deep dropping trips are really good. Barrel fish, mahi mahi, grouper, and tilefish are hitting. July 23rd is his last day at Virginia Beach. Then The Midnight Sun will be at Smith Point for macks, red drum, croaker, blues etc…

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.

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