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Outdoors Report - June 27, 2012

 

Rappahannock River

If the rain did not mess the river up too much (it was in fine shape at press time) the river ought to be in good shape for all fishing. 

Catfish were hitting well in the river but as usual they are generally small. Bass are available for those anglers fishing plastics or cranks near structure. Go for wood structure and creek mouths when you can on an outgoing tide. 

Some bowfin are available near the creek mouths and even in larger creeks. 

Potomac River

Bass angling on the middle to upper river has been decent with most fish hitting in the creeks on topwater early and late and then on plastics near the weedlines during the day. Jig for them along the vertical edge when possible. 

Catfishing has been very good. Try the usual cutbaits, shrimp, or chicken liver. 

White perch are in the creeks now and are after small strips of cutbait, worms, shrimp or Fishbites. 

Motts Landing (540-786-8989) reported the action is very good for catfish and small largemouth bass. Chicken liver is the best bait right now. 

Lake Anna—we heard that bass were hitting midlake on flats during early and late hours of the day. Jerkbaits and topwater baits were key. 

Saltwater

Croaker are still biting at Tappahannock. 

In the lower Potomac River the croaker fishing is hit or miss but some decent fish are being caught near structure. Bluefish are hitting in the lower bay and in the lower river now too but are small. Some striped bass are also in chum lines but not with consistency. Spot are biting in lower bay and lower river areas. Some speckled trout are also in the area. Try the lower East River, the lower Bay, the Eastern Shore areas. Some reports show specks in and around Tangier too. Crabbing has been quite good. 

In the Virginia Beach area the fishing for cobia, flounder, sheepshead, bluefish and Spanish has been good. Crabs are available too. Spadefish are showing up in greater numbers. Some real nice ones were boated near Virginia Beach. In the bay they are just now showing up. 

Offshore the tuna are biting well. Some decent yellowfin have been brought back to the docks. Most are in the 30-50 pound range. 

 

Mark and Missy Fike

 

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