- Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:17
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One thing the incredible summer of rainfall appears to be doing is allowing anglers and kayakers to enjoy the upper Rappahannock. I recently called Virginia Outdoor Center to inquire about the river levels as I finally found a few hours to go smallmouth fishing. I got their machine and it more or less said that the owners could not recall any other summer in their time that they were able to operate their business with the water levels as good as they were during the summer. That was great news for
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:40
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Last weekend marked the 30th Annual Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show. I am a relative newcomer to the show having only attended off and on for roughly half that time, yet I have seen major changes over the years.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 11:17
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Although anglers have been targeting and catching croaker since June in our area, they have been hit or miss until the last few weeks. More and more reports showed that croaker were steadily biting and recently it seems that almost any angler could get out on the Potomac, dunk a piece of squid and get a croaker to bite.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 11:34
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Mark and Missy Fike
Fishing is in the summer slump in some areas, although diehard anglers are making a good run of it.
Fishing in the river improved slightly by last weekend. Bass anglers find fish at creek mouths on plastics and along drop offs. Work baits slowly. Perch and bream can be found on brush piles. Catfish continue to bite on a variety of baits. There was a rumor of croaker just south of Port Royal. We only had one report of that, so we are not sure.
Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported a 48 pound catfish from the river. They also reported nice stripers caught off the lumps along the Maryland side. Other reports corroborate that with nice fish caught on RatLTraps, bucktails and jigs with sassy shads on them. Use your finder to locate fish on the structure, motor uptide and then drift over jigging.
Winter Harbor is reporting three really nice catfish that were very close to citation size being brought in. They also are seeing some nice croaker caught from below Colonial Beach. Squid and shrimp are the baits of choice.
Aqua Land reported that the croaker, perch and rockfish are hitting. They are not sure what they are being caught on, but they are steadily selling squid and bloodworms to those that are catching fish.
Crabbing got slightly better last week and then dropped off again this weekend. As a result, crabs are in high demand and prices reflect that.
Ruffins Pond gave up some snakeheads this past week according to Ken’s Tackle.
The middle bay area is now seeing some decent spot action, some croaker action, and some good striper action with live spot and trolling sassy shads. No word on bluefish or Spanish. It has been a weird year for bluefish and Spanish. They are few and far between anywhere in the bay for some reason. The flounder bite has been very slow and the fish that are caught appear to be small. Crabs are coming on a bit stronger, but overall the crabbing is still slow. At the oceanfront the crabbing is very good.
Aug. 9-11: Annual Sportsman’s Show in Richmond
Aug. 10: Disabled Veterans Fun Day Sealston Sports Complex at noon.
Aug. 24: Hunter Education class King George Middle School at 8 a.m. Contact Stanley Burrell (540) 582-5492.
Sept. 14: 3rd Annual Deer Hunting Seminar at Caledon State Park at 8 a.m. Contact Rick Wilks (540) 775-4625
Sept. 21: 6th Annual Youth Outdoor Day at Caledon State Park at 10 a.m.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 09:56
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Saltwater anglers continue to have a tough go of it. The middle bay area seems to be especially hard hit as of late with few reports of anything worth fishing for. The heat last week really slowed things down pretty much all over. Hopefully this week will be better.