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Outdoors Report - August 1, 2012

Fishing is good for most species right now. Hopefully we will get a bit more rain to help our water levels and the fish. 

Potomac  River 

Aqualand   (301-259-0572) reported white perch and croaker hitting very well. The croaker seem to like squid the best. Catfish are also a regular for customers. A few small rockfish were hitting. Remember the 18 inch minimum. Use bucktails and jigs or spoons. 

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Public water rights threatened by inaction

 

Imagine taking a day off work to hit a local public waterway such as the Rappahannock River to wet a line and possibly catch some fish for supper. The Rappahannock River is described on the VDGIF website, “The tidal Rappahannock offers an array of species for the freshwater angler to enjoy, including blue catfish, largemouth bass, and migratory anadromous species such as American shad, hickory shad, river herring (alewife and blueback herring), and striped bass.”

It is a fine river to fish. While out on the river you see a tributary that you had never fished before that is plenty big enough to get your small boat into and still leave plenty of room for casting on both sides of the boat. You know that all navigable water in the state is public water but to your surprise you see POSTED signs and NO TRESPASSING signs along the bank and NO FISHING signs. It appears that someone is trying to keep people from enjoying the public waterway. Is this a bad dream that you need to wake up from? 

Read more: Public water rights threatened by inaction

Outdoors Report - July 18, 2012

 

Fishing is quite good no matter where you go. During the hottest part of the day take a break and then hit it again when things cool a bit.

Potomac River

Ken’s Tackle reported that striped bass and white perch are hitting near Colonial Beach. Croaker are also hitting well on squid and Fishbites. 

Aqualand also reported white perch hitting very well. The croaker are hitting on shrimp for their customers. Catfish are hitting on 

Read more: Outdoors Report - July 18, 2012

Outdoors Report - July 11, 2012

 

Despite the heat the fishing continues to be good. Check river levels before going out due to rain.

Rappahannock River

Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and cutbait up and down the river. Fish are decent sized. The larger fish are hitting cutbait. Upriver the bream and smallmouth are hitting very well. Small spinners, jigs or plastics are taking fish in deeper pools and riffles. 

Potomac River

Aqualand (301-259-0572) is telling us that fishing is very good. Catfish, croaker, perch and rockfish are being caught right off the beach. 

Small croaker are definitely in the area. The fish are readily biting squid and shrimp. Fish in low light conditions for best action. The area of the river from Colonial Beach to Dahlgren was quite good on July 4. 

Read more: Outdoors Report - July 11, 2012

Slow Texas hunt gives time to think about feeders

Recently I took to the skies and headed to Texas. I love Texas and the conservative values that tend to flourish there. I love the hunting and the fishing and the great food too. I received an invite from a former Marine I served with to come down and hunt “pigs” with them. It was a great opportunity to visit with my former platoon members, and get away for awhile.. I got one more opportunity that I did not expect. The “pig” hunt we were going on was at a ranch and it was for Russian boar, not feral hogs as I had assumed. Furthermore, I knew that much of this type of hunting was done around feeders. For those of you readers that need a crash course, a feeder is a device that slings corn or whatever you put in it at preset times each day to attract the game to the area. 

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Speckled Trout fishing good

My daughter won one of the guided fishing trips in the annual “Why I want to take my father fishing for Father’s Day” contest put on by Ken Perrotte in his outdoors column for the Free Lance Star. I was pleasantly surprised to get the phone call from Perrotte informing my daughter of her win. Up to that point I could count on one hand the number of times I had been fishing all year to include shad fishing. That figure is depressing. 

We fished with Captain Tony Harding on his boat out of the East River south of Saluda. Saluda is close to two hours south on Rt.17 and then Rt. 33 and is the hometown of the legendary General “Chesty” Puller of the United States Marine Corps. I love the area and the drive through Essex and Middlesex Counties. That area is what King George once was when development was yet to come. 

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