- Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2016 13:04
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The heat finally took a bite out of the fishing, but it is mostly the people not fishing instead of
the fish not biting.
Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that anglers are fishing for catfish with eels at night to
beat the heat, and are being rewarded with some nice fish. Some anglers are busy using
nightcrawlers and fishing structure for largemouth and doing quite well. We also heard that the
croaker are biting down around Tappahannock.
The croaker are smaller this week according to several sources and have moved downriver
some too. Aqua Land reported small croaker and a few small spot mixed in. Many catfish are
being caught while anglers are fishing for other species. White perch are holding near rocky
spots on bloodworms and Fishbites. Upriver the report on the bass angling is the great
topwater bite very early and late, then the fishing dies off quite a bit.
Lake Anna anglers are finding fishing is good well before the sun creeps up. In fact, bass, striped
bass and hybrid bass are all taking topwater lures all over the lake, although uplake seems to be
the better option.
Pond anglers are also finding the best action for bass to be the early morning topwater bite.
Weedless baits tossed into the lily pads are deadly. Some bream are also being caught with live
bait in the pads.
Motts Run reported very good catfishing at their night event. Otherwise fish in the shade.
The cobia bite in the lower bay continues to go strong this week. Sight casting eels and live spot
or croaker is the rage. Anglers fishing the CBBT did well on flounder but did have to work for
them. Some decent red drum are being caught now too, but very few puppy drum are showing
up in creeks. It is odd how we had that blitz of puppy drum two or three years ago and did not
see the larger fish after that from that brood. Spanish macks are biting well from Sandbridge
and along the oceanfront. Few bluefish are being caught now which is also a bit odd. Some nice
croaker being caught in the lower rivers. The crabbing off piers at Virginia Beach is reportedly
very good. Sheepshead are reportedly biting on the CBBT on fiddler crabs.
Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show in Richmond at the Raceway is Aug. 12 to 14.
Potomac River Fisheries Commission Finfish Advisory Committee meeting is 6 p.m. July 26.
NWTF Rapphannock Spurs Chapter Banquet is Aug. 20 in Fredericksburg. Mark your calendars!
Mark and Missy Fike
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:25
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Mark and Missy Fike
Fishing has slowed down some during the day but early and late remains quite good for those
that are going out to fish.
Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that anglers are catching some nice catfish on eels down
around Hicks Landing. The bream bite is good near brushpiles. Some white perch are being
caught near gravel bars and sandy spots in the river. No report on bass this week.
Ken’s reported croaker were hitting well at Colonial Beach and downriver with squid, shrimp
and Fishbites being the best baits to use. Some white perch are also biting well. Plenty of shorty
rockfish are also in the area with only a few keepers landed. No report on spot or blues in the
river yet but one would hope to see some soon.
The bass bite is in the grass we hear. Snakeheads have spawned and have their schools of
young they are corralling in the creeks.
Lake Anna anglers are still taking wiper, striper and some bass but the fishing is deeper now
with some chunky fish being taken. Use spoons deep for the fish.
Pond anglers are seeing some topwater action for bass very early. However, switch over to
plastics at daybreak for the better angling. Some nice bream are being caught.
Motts Run reported very good bream fishing and some 1-2 pound bass.
The cobia bite in the lower bay is still going strong. The season will close in a few weeks though.
Spanish macks were on and off near Poquoson but steadier near the Virginia Beach area. Some
spades are biting on structure down that way too. Crabbing in the Virginia Beach area is
reportedly very good right now. Some spot are being caught off the piers now too.
Virginia Outdoor Sporsman Show in Richmond at the Raceway is August 12-14 th .
Potomac River Fisheries Commission Finfish Advisory Committee meeting is Tuesday, July 26 th
at 6 PM.
NWTF Rapphannock Spurs Chapter Banquet is August 20 th in Fredericksburg. Mark your
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:34
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Fishing is definitely in the summer pattern and the salt has started to awaken with some better fish catches reported there as well.