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Catfish moving upriver in Rapp

Last weekend I made a quick trip to Fredericksburg to check out the shad and herring run. I made a stop at Old Mill Park and wandered down to the river for a firsthand report for you. While there I was able to observe a Marine and his daughter on the opposite shoreline fishing. The weather was cool and even a bit dreary. However, all that was forgotten when the man’s rod doubled over and he ran across the gravel bar to grab the rod and set the hook. A few minutes later I was impressed to see a big catfish approximately 2

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Pull out your fishing rig: Prespawn is on in ponds

It is hard to believe that March is already upon us and fishing is already picking up. In fact, I have heard of white perch in the Rappahannock, “40-inch plus” stripers in the Potomac and the bass and crappie have roe or eggs already and are fattening up before they disperse those eggs in nests. Now is the time when fishing can be unpredictable and challenging, but rewarding too.
Ponds are a favorite destination for me in the spring. The waters of most ponds, except those with cold springs

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Big game harvest stats released

Each spring I eagerly await the stats on the previous hunting season. I enjoy seeing the numbers and extrapolating the story they tell. This year was of particular interest because of several variables that impacted the behavior and harvest of big game. When the figures were released just before the weekend, I had several theories on what the data would show.
Throughout the season, reports about the hunting season were very odd. Some hunters in other areas of the state claimed they had observed

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Tips for river fishing in late winter

Late winter river fishing can be tough. In fact, it can be very frustrating because with a nice warm spell like we just experienced and sunshine, anglers venture out and expect to catch fish in their usual haunts from the fall fishing trips. Often this never accomplishes much more than chilly fingers, a dead boat battery and unused bait unless the fishing is approached differently.  

Like everyone else, all it takes for me to get the fishing bug is a few warm days and I start eyeing my fishing rods with serious interest. Over the years I have learned a few things from experience and from others that make my time on the water more efficient and successful in terms of putting slabs of fish in the cooler or live well.

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Beagles plus young guns equals great fun on rabbit’s trail

My daughters and I had been invited by a good friend to go on a rabbit hunt with him and his daughter. A few adults joined us to help supervise the youngsters while hunting. When I exited the truck and began rustling through my gear to get it together, the girls began chatting excitedly. The men were already discussing how they were going to run the dogs and then it happened.
The tailgate dropped and the dog box was opened. All talking suddenly ceased and a mass of brown and black, with a bit of white thrown in, began oozing out of the box and many sets of little feet hit the ground. Snorts, snuffles and sniffing began earnestly in mere seconds. Not one minute later, the first bay of the morning sounded off. I had barely managed to load the youth scatterguns that my daughters were going to use.

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Hunters’ ranks grow with more women participating

As a schoolteacher I get to see and meet a number of people, particularly young people. When I first started teaching in King George I attended a hunter education class with my wife. Hunter education classes serve several purposes. First, the class is an excellent course that teaches new or novice hunters the safest ways to hunt effectively. Typically the all-day course goes over everything from basic firearms safety to basic hunting techniques as well as ethics and morals while in the field. We have an excellent cadre of instructors in our area and they do a great job of getting the material across to students of all ages. Second, the class serves as a qualification for those seeking a concealed weapons permit. Third, many adults take a refresher course as I did while mentoring a young person or novice to hunting.

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