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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. 

Read more: Slow Texas hunt gives time to think about feeders

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. 

Read more: Speckled Trout fishing good

Outdoors Report - July 4, 2012

 

Happy Independence Day. Thank a veteran or service member for their sacrifice and enjoy our freedom. Most importantly plan to vote this fall!

Despite the heat the fishing has been pretty good. Check river levels before going out. 

Rappahannock River

Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and cutbait up and down the river. Fish are small though. 

Ken’s Tackle (898-1011) reports that there has been some decent catfish caught on cutbait and nightcrawlers near Lil Falls. 

Read more: Outdoors Report - July 4, 2012

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. 

Read more: Outdoors Report - June 27, 2012

Outdoors Report - June 20, 2012

 

Rappahannock River

Ken’s Tackle (898-1011) reported that the river has been short on anglers. Many anglers are finding that the fishing has been poor and few anglers are bothering to fish it.  With the heat coming this week more fishing will go to the twilight times and at night. Anglers may want to explore some nightfishing opportunities. 

Read more: Outdoors Report - June 20, 2012

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