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Rod ‘N’ Reel 2011
The 2011 tournament was won by angler Andre Bassett aboard the char-
ter boat “Miss Demeanor” with Captain John P. Murphy at the helm. The
big ﬁsh, a 47 inch 45.18 pound monster, grabbed a white parachute lure
trimmed with a white 9 inch shad on a planer board line set back 60 feet.
Friday April 29,2011 Saturday April 30 Sunday, May 1
1) 124 No Name 43.85 143 Backdraft 38.64 030 Fantasea 40.33
2) 105 Semper Fidelis III 43.50 080 Time Out 38.44 181 Straight Fishin 36.64
3) 003 Miss Linda 40.86 030 Fantasea 35.66 073 Three V’s 36.02
4) 189 Triple Threat 40.44 173 Kyran Lynn 35.16 088 Marcy Lynn 35.74
5) 107 Miss Demeanor 37.96 122 Just One More 35.14 162 Island 35.40
6) 182 Squat n Gobble 36.78 150 Search & Seazure 34.82 050 Salty Dawg 35.12
7) 098 Plumb Crazy 36.30 088 Marcy Lynn 33.90 073 Three V’s 34.92
8) 095 Roosters 2 35.34 176 Lexianna 33.70 159 Skirt Chaser 34.54
9) 012 Zinfandel 34.46 073 Three V’s 31.98 141 Playmate 34.18
10) 001 Performance Cat 34.18 054 Dash Four 31.82 060 Scout 34.04
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VIRGINIA SALTWATER FISHING
FORECAST FOR JUNE
By Capt. Rick Lockhart ginia’s best, and reports from the
South say that this year will be even
May has gotten off to a good start, better. Andy caught his first fish
at least for those of us in the North- late in May last year, so June could
ern Neck. Striped bass were numer- and should be outstanding.
ous and croaker have already
started to show. Spot can’t be too Middle Peninsula
far behind, and who knows, maybe
there will be a keeper trout this Capt. Tom Blatt (804-370-4620) will
year. To the south of us, area cap- fish for red and black drum, cobia,
tains will be searching for flounder, and flounder. Capt. Robert Green
spadefish, red and black drum, blue- (804-694-9902) will be fishing pri-
fish, Spanish mackerel, and cobia.
Offshore, amberjack, tilefish, sea
marily for croaker and spot in the
Rappahannock. Capt. Don Bannis- Docks - Lifts
bass, and yellowfin tuna will be the
ter (804-776-0629) says that any-
thing and everything will be biting
both inside and outside of the Rap- We will prepare
Eastern Shore pahannock River and encourages and file your
everyone to go fishing. You have to PERMIT!
Capt. Charlie Koski (757-336-3528) applaud Don’s enthusiasm.
says that cloudy water has ham-
pered fishing to this point; however, Northern Neck
when clear, they are catching really
nice flounder. He also expects the Striped bass fishing will dominate
northern whiting to start showing in the first half of the month. North-
regularity any day now. Capt. Bob ern Neck charter captains and
Walter (410-957-1664) will be light recreational fishermen will be pri-
tackle fishing for spotted trout and marily chumming for the schoolie
striped bass. fish. All will target Striped bass until
creel limits are met. Most will then
Tidewater leave the chumming grounds and
start looking for large croakers.
Capt. Nolan Agner (757-200-0200)
says that June is the big month Capt. Ferrell McLain (804-453-9069)
along the coast. Nolan will be fish- will be among those chumming,
ing both inshore and offshore. In- then croaker fishing. Capt. Rick
shore, he will fish for spadefish, Lockhart (804-435-6907) will con-
striped bass, spanish mackerel, tinue to fish for stripers in the Po-
bluefish, sharks, red drum, and
black drum. Offshore, yellowfin
tomac and Maryland waters once
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tuna, dolphin, and amberjack will be June is the start of summer. The
targeted. Capt. John Fleet (757- charter boaters of the Virginia Char-
482-1644) will be fishing the Vir- ter Boat Association will be happy
ginia Beach coastline in the same to help make your summer fishing
fashion as Nolan. the best it can be. Most can be
found at www.fishva.org.
Capt. Stan Gold (757-686-2443) will
fish for flounder, spadefish, Spanish Don’t hesitate to contact any of us
mackerel, and both verities of drum to help with your fishing needs.
inshore, while fishing for black sea With gas prices being what they are,
bass, tilefish, grouper, and shark it may be cheaper to charter than to
offshore. Capt. Andy Martel (804- fish from your own boat. In either
687-9093) and Capt. Jorj Head (757- case, let us trust that June will be an
898-9870) will be sight casting to even better month for fishing than
cobia. Last season was one of Vir- May.
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For most of the spring ﬁshing sea- were a ton of eels purchased that way up to Massachusetts reported ounce specimen.
son, anglers plying the waters of had to be released or kept in on anglers, both recreational and Tautog
Chesapeake Bay, were having the cages in the hopes that the big charter captains being cited for With the current surface water
greatest amount of “ﬁshing rather ﬁsh bonanza would still occur. catching stripers outside the 3- temperature reading in the low
than catching” that I have mile limit. 60’s, the Chesapeake Bay resi-
recorded in the last 10 years. The Charter captains and the rest of Speckled Trout dents are up and running. Before
early portion of October saw the the recreational gang frothed the While some anglers chased the big the season closed (May 1 – June
school sized stripers providing the waters along the Virginia Beach stripers, a goodly majority began 24), tautog action was the most
majority of the action for both the shoreline down to the Carolina to to seek out the feisty speckled consistent. Tog reports were
kayak gang and the anglers work- ﬁnd that the really big ﬁsh had trout. After receiving an invitation coming from all the nearshore
ing the structure around the settled down in Carolina territory to ﬁsh the Dominion Power hot wrecks and the reefs inside the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and that meant the Virginia folks water discharge canal and getting bay. Fiddler crabs, and cut hard
(CBBT) and area bridges and in had to ensure they had Carolina li- the “speck fever”, I made several crabs were the baits of choice.
most of the creeks. censes to pursue their prey. The trips with Louis Glaser, and found The current VSWFT leader is Neal
stories and the videos coming that his methods for catching Taylor of Virginia Beach, with a
The surface water temperatures from that area were living proof specks, greatly mirrored those I hefty 16 pound, 1 ounce brute.
around the CBBT ranged from 55 that the late winter and early use in catching largemouth bass.
degrees the ﬁrst of December to spring striper ﬁshery was, for all Louis, his partner New Smith, and Red Drum
37 degrees the 31st of December. practical matters, a bust. I used the same tactics each trip As the stormy weather and high
The 55 degree reading was the we made. winds depart the Tidewater area,
highest for the month while the Many boats, traveling across the the red drum arrived just as pre-
27, 28, 29, & 30th registered 36 de- state line, followed the ﬁsh out Louis and Ned used the new dicted, around the last of April.
grees. A few lucky anglers man- into the Exclusive Economic Zone Mirro-lure, model M-14 and Once the ﬁrst report of ﬁsh being
aged to catch a few of the big (EEZ) where the taking of striped casted the channel edges, ﬂats caught around Fisherman’s Island
cows as they moved southward bass is illegal. Fishing news re- and structure, while I used a 1/8 was received, each day that the
toward N. Carolina, but there ports from North Carolina all the ounce un-painted lead head jig, weather allowed, both surf an-
tipped with a Berkley gulp 4-inch glers, kayakers, and everyone else
mud minnow. On several of the (including Jet-Ski Brian Lockwood)
trips we made, as we were an- tried their luck. With the size limit
chored casting, I would tie on a on reds being 18 – 26 inches, any-
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popping cork, so I tried a baby drum. As the month of May ar-
Zorra Spook and didn’t get as rived, reports from both surf an-
many hits as the crank bait guys glers, kayakers, and recreational
Gwynn’s Island did, but light tackle and an eager boat anglers all reported catching
P.O. Box 219 speckled trout made for some red drum, with a few small black
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taker of Chesapeake who regis- 17-1/2 inches for 2011, the fever
tered a beautiful 12 pound, 9 has been rising, but the ﬁshing re-
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ports have been numerous, but Chickahominy Lake
the catch re[ports slim. The ﬁrst With the water temperature re-
reported legal sized keeper was a ported to be from the low to mid
23-1/2-inch 3 pound plus beauty, 70’s, largemouth bass are the top
caught from the Buckroe Fishing catch, with ﬁsh weighing up to 7
Pier. A keeper or two has been pounds being weighed. Crappie,
taken around the 3rd and 4th is- bream and chain pickerel round
lands of the CBBT, and an uncon- out the catch reports.
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mouth bass have ﬁnished spawn- With the water temperature re-
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and the smaller male ﬁsh are ac- bass, weighing up to 3 pounds
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tive, as May rolls along and the delight. !
many species of bream or sunﬁsh
are thrilling many of the local Lee Hall Reservoir
youngsters who have talked mom Water temperatures are reported
and dad to take them, ﬁshing. All in the low 70’s and due to the ex-
of my fresh water reporting sta- cessive amount of shoreline
tions are located around the weeds, anglers are having a diﬃ-
Peninsula and the respective re- cult time. As the temperature
ports are: rises, and the weeds die out, ac-
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LOCAL FISHING KNOWLEDGE be a part of the excitement! members for adventures in local waters. Most
clubs have fishing partners programs. Get out on
You can have a great day trolling for trophy rock- the water with an experienced local.
Are you new to the area, to Tidewater fishing, or fish; live-lining for school stripers; light tackle an-
just want to improve your catch rate? Our gling for spot, croaker and sea mullet; high speed A great way to learn the area and have a confi-
Chesapeake Bay produces a great variety of fin- dragging for blues and Spanish mackerel; floating dence building fishing experience is to charter a
fish and tremendous fishing action and you can bait and free-lining for powerful spade fish; jig- boat. Find out about the Captain’s specialties
ging, trolling and drifting for fat flounder and and select the Captain who best meets your
spoon feeding beautiful red drum. Also chum- needs. Pay close attention to what the Captain
ming and sight casting for cobia; drifting with uses and where he is going. Make it a learning
soft shells or fish-finding black drum with clams; trip. Check this publication to select a Captain or
casting into the shallows for the hard fighting check the Virginia Charter Boat website at
spotted trout and hooking-up with the delec- www.fishva.org. Get going now on learning the
table tautog. local knowledge.
How do you get experience and knowledge Experience wonderful days in our
about these wide-open fisheries? You need to beautiful local waters.
seek out local knowledge. Visit your local tackle
shops and get to know the owners and staff who It’s a great time to go. The trophy rockfish sea-
fish. Find out who knows what’s going on and son was fantastic this spring both in Maryland
where they are hiding and the tackle you need to and Virginia when the winds cooperated. We are
be successful. looking to have a very good rockfish chumming
and live-lining season. The croaker are in!
Look into joining a local fishing club. In Maryland
seek out the Maryland Saltwater Fishing Associa- When you acquire your local knowledge just get
tion (MSSA ). In Virginia connect with a group in out and do it and do it often! Plan time to get
your area such as the Northern Neck Anglers As- out on the beautiful and bountiful waters of the
sociation, the Central Virginia Anglers, or one of Chesapeake and its tributaries. Pick your days
the many tidewater angler associations in the carefully and avoid the open bay when seas are
lower Peninsula and Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. white capping. Fishing is about having a fun and
relaxing day with nature. Be safe and just do it!
These groups hold monthly meetings which fea-
ture talks by local professional guides and char- Please do everything you can to help clean up
ter boat captains and experienced members. the Chesapeake and keep it a great place to fish
Vital up-to-date information is provided about and recreate and to enjoy its spectacular beauty
where to go, what to use and what techniques for generations to come.
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The Fabulous Fish-off
PART 3 - DAY 2 the hectic flailing and beating of the he withdrew from fishing in embar-
The contestants would be fishing water around them during the rassed disgust.
The second day of the Fabulous the upper stretch of Wakki Fork morning.
Fish-Off dawned bright, sunny and which passes through the Wakki That left only the portly old Santa
warm. The West Wakkiville Fishin’, Widow’s North Forty. This section Stepping up to the plate for the East Von Kringle on the waters for the
Huntin’, Deuces Wild and Mountain is prime trout water and the most Wakkis this afternoon was saintly West Wakki team. When Santa
Dew Club had been busy at the coveted stream in the county. It Elmo Cainbreak, the preeminent started out on his stretch of the
Wakki Shack preparing their Day 2 lies entirely on private property up sportsman in the Association. stream, he had a bag full of night
fishermen to get them ready for the to the point where it comes tum- When it came to fishing, St. Elmo’s crawlers in one packet and a left
awesome contest. The Shack was a bling out of the National Forest fire shown like a beacon in the over lunch Brat in a bag in the other
one room clapboard frame building foothills into an ardent valley floor. night. Elmo was, however, no pocket. The Brat would be his
with a homemade poker table and The water in this free stone stream purist. He used any means at his snack in case he got hungry. Our in-
bunks at one end and a washboard, section is clear, cold and fertile. disposal to catch a wily trout, but trepid angler stumbled his way up
sink and a cast iron cook stove on Trout grow big and sassy there be- he loved fly casting the best. With the stream until he came to a swift
the other end. cause fishing is limited to the an- all good intentions, Elmo embarked riffle. Believing it would be a good
nual winners of the Fabulous on his afternoon quest with a fly idea to put on a fresh worm, he
In the middle was a big wooden Fish-Off. rod in hand. reached into his pocket to draw out
table and chairs for seating. The the worm bag. Unluckily, it slipped
privy was located 42 paces from the Hound Ears Hannigan, a gimcrack Along his way up the stream, Elmo out of his grasp, floated swiftly
back door. The ground around the house decorator, moseyed over to came across the stump of an old down the riffle and disappeared
shack was nearly the only solid spot the edge of the first pool in the water logged dead fall on the oppo- into the pool below.
in the whole West Forty. Most of stretch. He cast in a double hook site bank that was almost com-
the rest of the ground was what rig with meal worms on one hook pletely submerged in the water. It Santa couldn’t bear the thought of
you might call soggy. It was over- and a red wiggler worm on the looked like a good trout hiding giving up so easily and pondered
run with green briars, brambles and other. As the rig slowly drifted place, so Elmo cast his size 14 what to do next. Finally, he
scrub laurel bushes. down stream he noticed a tug on Adams over by and above the old dragged the Brat out of his pocket
the line. Setting the hook quickly snag. It floated merrily over the and bit off a big chunk. While
One of West Wakki’s Day 2 contest- and reeling like mad, he was able to stump and nothing happened. He chewing on the Brat, Santa came up
ants was Hound Ears Hannigan, derrick a nice brookie out of the tried it again, and still nothing hap- with a brilliant idea. He bit off an-
who looked more like a beagle than water and onto the bank. Encour- pened. Sensing that trickery would other piece of the Brat, impaled it
a man and smelled like one, too. aged by that experience, he contin- be required here, he waded out of on his hook and waddled up to the
He was up for the morning rise. ued the tactic with the limited the stream and slipped into the next pool. He cast the Brat into the
The other contestant was Klaus Von success of only two more fish the nearby woods. pool and immediately had a thun-
Kringle, an inexperienced and rest of the morning. derous strike. He was so shocked
chubby old German immigrant who He emerged from the woods with a that he jerked back mightily on the
could barely speak English and who Prof. Weathers’ fishing skill was big, juicy, green inchworm in his fin- rod and was into a bruiser trout. It
they playfully called “Santa” was up about as good as his forecasting gers. He impaled it on his hook and surged up and down the pool in
for the afternoon bite. ability, which is to say it was mostly waded back out by the snag. He wild attempts to dislodge the hook,
unreliable. Casting about wildly cast the worm above the dead fall but to no avail. At the end of the
The East Wakkiville Angling, Fowl- with his battered Muddler Minnow, and this time the bait sank under fight Santa lifted up his gift of a six
ing, Billiards and Bloody Mary Asso- he was only able to foul hook one the old snag. He felt a tug and set pound hook jawed brown trout.
ciation’s contestant for the morning keeper brookie and catch a chub. It the hook. Minutes later, he was
rise was Professor Emeritus, Dr. was, you might say, not his best holding a shiny big brookie up in the Later that evening at the poor
Jonathan Weathers, who retired day. air while shouting, “I got him, boys, widow’s shanty, the contestants
from the University’s Meterology and it’s a sure winner.” Unfortu- again laid their respective catches
Department. Professional guide After the lunch break, the Wakki nately, while he was trying to put on the table. It was obvious that
and fishing guru, Elmo Cainbreak, Fork combatants were ready again the trout in his creel, it flopped out there was really no contest when
their only true outdoorsman, would to do battle on the stream. By then of his hands back into the water Santa laid his big brownie on the
carry the baton for their anchor leg the fishy occupants in the Wakki and in an instant it was gone. Elmo table. The delighted widow in-
during the evening bite. Fork waters had settled down from was so horrified by his blunder that quired of Santa how he managed to
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swer was, “Zis ish unn brounz I hope, dear readers, that you en-
troutz. Zey kummin frum Jurmany joyed reading this Wakki tale as
und zey likken zair Bratsvirst, yah?” much as I did writing it. All of the
With that the poor widow handed characters and events are fictitious
over the fishing permission to the except one. St. Elmo was crafty like
West Wakkiville Fishin’, Huntin’, me because l used the inchworm
Deuces Wild and Mountain Dew trick in almost identical circum-
Club for the year and the Fabulous stances on a New Jersey stream
Fish-Off was thus ended. named Flat Brook. l caught a 15-
inch brookie that way and won the *!), * . ('++"& *'"$
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Summer Plots for Game
landowners. spinach and deer love them.
I spoke with Ron Wisnewski of USDA in Fred- The problem is that they are better planted
ericksburg about my property and some so that they will mature at about the time
summer plantings. I have some small open your area gets its first frost. Deer will leave
areas and I also have a series of skidder trails them alone for the most part until a frost
from a timber job years ago. I needed some- hits them and sweetens them up. A frost in
thing that would stand some shade from much of our readership area also coincides
nearby trees and something that the turkey, with archery or muzzeloader season so the
dove, songbirds, and of course deer, would timing is perfect.
Oats, such as Plotspike’s Forage Oats, will
Wisnewski grow well in most areas. Simply disc up the
suggested ground, sow the oats and lightly cover them.
Forage oats are great to plant on trails or
native plant- I don’t have access to regular farm equip-
partial shade. Turkey bug in them and deer ings for sev- ment so I use an ATV and a Groundhog MAX
will eat them all summer and into fall.
eral reasons. or a pull behind flip disk to do the job. I disc
First, they up the ground, spread the oats and then run
Planting plots has become very are native it over with the disc once more and I get ex-
popular with deer hunters over and not ex- cellent results on all my skidder trails.
the past decade. Some hunters otic or inva-
go all out and could qualify as sive. Second, This saved me last season when deer had
small time farmers with their ef- often the na- plenty to eat in the woods for all the acorns
forts. Others make time to tive grasses lying around. I had one good trail of nice
scratch up a little dirt and throw such as green oats during archery season. Several
down some seed and hope it switchgrass deer were visiting the plot and nibbling on
grows to draw in a few deer. or partridge them. I was able to take a nice doe with my
pea are able crossbow to put some fresh meat on the
Whatever your reason and effort to grow with table after only a half hour in the treestand.
there is no doubt that if done little or no Some bucks also posed for the camera at
properly (ALWAYS do a soil test added effort. night over those oat plots too. As a bonus,
first!) and with a little planning, In other oats planted now will provide bugging areas
planting a plot can pay off with more game words, they adapted to the soils at your geo- for wild turkey and some areas for songbirds
seen and possibly harvested. In Virginia, graphical area and won’t need fertilizer or to eat too.
plots are not illegal but baiting is and feeding added watering for that reason. This is a plus
deer is illegal from September 1 to January. for hunters that don’t have a lot of time or Speaking of songbirds, don’t rule out using
money. They often will naturally reseed and sunflowers, which should be planted any-
Many hunters like to put plots in so that they come back year after year as well. time in June. If you enjoy a dove hunt you
are ready for the fall hunting season. Why can plant them to coincide with the opener.
not put in a summer plot to help wildlife and Should you want to plant something else in They grow very easily and don’t require
then replant a different crop for the fall? addition to native plants to supplement your much except protection from deer. Deer
There are some good summer plantings that hunting or wildlife plots, consider oats and love to eat the plants before they go to seed
will help feed and attract wildlife for most sunflowers for summer plantings vs a bras- head. Plant plenty and you might get some
sica. Brassicas are greens such as turnips or deer in the area, goldfinches and other song-
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sunflowers are excellent summer choices for birds,
turkey and deer. Deer will eat them even before they birds and doves too!
mature in permitted.
In summary, plan and plant now to at-
tract game and non-game animals and
those same animals will stick around for
the fall when you replant. I have taken
several deer this way and I am con-
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cameras to see what is eating at your
If you need some ideas on what natives to plant
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VIRGINIA FRESHWATER FISHING REPORTS by Missy Fike
In June a lot of the ﬁsh in the area spawn is over this month so the ﬁsh
start settling into their summer are hungry. The feeder creeks or
feeding pattern. So, remember a rivers such as Occoquan, Aquia, and
good time to hit the water will be Potomac Creek are all good places
early mornings and in the evenings. to ﬁsh.
When the bugs are at their worst
the ﬁshing is generally at their best. Hit the grass in the main waters and
the wood in the headwaters.
Upper Rivers Buzzbaits in low light and high tide
over the grass is a good tactic. Cat-
June is one of the best times to ﬂoat ﬁsh are everywhere but the biggest
the upper rivers such as the Shenan- ﬁsh are found in deeper holes and
doah, Potomac, Rapidan or Rappa- ledges where the bait can be hit in
hannock. It’s a relaxing way to spend nearby shallows. Creek mouths are
time casting to smallmouth, sunﬁsh such good places.
and the occasional largemouth on
these rivers. Tidal Rapp
The Shenandoah and Potomac are The tidal Rapp is overrun with small
also good places for catfish, musky catfish. Catch all you can and take
and even some walleye in the mix. some home and your neighbors. If
Use live bait for the best ﬁshing for bottom ﬁshing is not really active,
any of the species. Fresh caught then switch to ﬂoat ﬁshing the
river minnows, crayﬁsh and hell- shoreline with a stick ﬂoat and 18
grammites are really good choices to inches of line.
use this month. Most of the ﬁsh
have ﬁnished spawning with the ex- Bass anglers are hitting creeks hard
ception of the panﬁsh. Eddies, pool this month. Ease into them on high
headwaters and sunken cover under tide and probe woody structure
shady trees on hot days are dyna- when you can cast to it. Plastics and
mite spots. spinnerbaits are good during the
day. Cranks work in deeper sections
Curtis Lake, Motts Run but topwater action in the shallow
and Hunting Run bays and mouths of the creeks at
twilight is great.
These three reservoirs are great des-
tinations for bass. Try ﬁshing the Lake Anna Earnest seamster sent in this photo of an 8 pound 7 ounce largemouth bass caught in a
private pond in middlesex county, Va.
points early and late with topwater
lures and buzzbaits to get into some Many times the June bass bite at
exciting action. Points with cover or Anna is a mixed bag. Try deeper
grassy areas are usually good spots docks, ledges oﬀ points, and boul-
to cast. ders uplake if you can ﬁnd them on
your ﬁsh ﬁnder. Shallow areas with
The bream bite is hot with crickets an old creek or river channel cutting
this month. Find a bed and ﬁll a through are good spots to watch
stringer! Once the heat pours on be your ﬁnder too. As it gets hotter the
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Chickahominy River well as top water lures, spinner baits, and
pumpkin seed color grubs. The ﬂathead catfish
Fish liven up after coming oﬀ the beds. The are hitting well on live bait. Cut bait work well
largemouth bass bite well on artiﬁcial worms, for the channel and blue cats.
small minnows and crankbaits. They like struc-
tures like duck blinds, cypress roots, brush Buggs Island
piles and the lily pads.
Largemouth bass will be moving to the shal-
The bream and bluegill hit really well on night lows. They will be biting well on spinner baits,
crawlers. Pan size catfish in the 2 lb. – 5 lb. plastic worms and grubs. The crappie will be in
range hit well on night crawlers. The large cat- the shallows on brush piles and will respond
ﬁsh continue to respond well to chicken liver, well to small minnows. The blue catfish like cut
minnows and night crawlers. bait and the ﬂatheads tend to like live bait.
James, Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers Smith Mountain Lake
June tends to be “top water” month. The The bass will be coming oﬀ their beds and
largemouth bass will be oﬀ their spawning might be sluggish at the beginning of the
beds and hitting well on top water baits in month. Entice them with jerk baits, jigs, lizards
James, Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers. and Carolina rigs work well. Mid June the bass
Mornings are generally the better time to go will transition to their summer pattern and top
ﬁshing through this month. water lures will work best. The catfish bite will
pick up and they will hit well on chicken liver,
The crappie will be hitting on small to medium eels and goldﬁsh. The crappie will continue bit-
minnows or small jigs. The big catfish will be ing on small minnows and jigs. Striper will be
biting very good using cut bait and eels. The biting on the lake trolling bucktails and ﬂukes.
Noah smith, the grandson of chesapeake angler writer Dave comp-
smallmouth will be biting well on small ton, caught a catfish at the Virginia anglers club outing for children in
crankbaits that look like perch or crawﬁsh as may. The club was fishing at Boy scout camp Brady saunders.
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Croaker with Herb Mayonaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped chives Heat a large nonstick pan or
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
griddle over medium-high
1 teaspoon chopped lemon zest heat. Brush croaker ﬁllets with
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt remaining herb mayonnaise.
dash of Tabasco sauce Place each piece (coated side
1 -1 1/5 pounds Virginia croaker ﬁl- down) into the preheated
pan, and cook for 2-3 minutes
Directions until golden. Turn and brown
In a small mixing bowl, whisk on remaining side for another
together mayonnaise, chives, 1-2 minutes.
parsley, lemon juice, zest, salt
and Tabasco sauce. Transfer Transfer cooked ﬁllets onto
half of the mixture into a sep- serving plate and top each
arate bowl, cover, refrigerate portion with approximately 1
and set aside. 1/2 tablespoons of reserved
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The Virginia Charter Boat Association Youth
Fishing Adventure Scheduled $ %
(VCBA), an organization of over 100 charter captains who fish the Chesa-
peake Bay and Virginia coast, will be sponsoring their fourth annual Youth
Fishing Adventure on Saturday, August 27, 2011. Thus far they have spon-
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have made a commitment to themselves and to their communities by
being active in scouting.
The VCBA feels that they can make a greater impact as to the value of our
water ways by actually getting them out on the water. Many of these
scouts have never been on a boat. VCBA captains have enjoyed the excite-
We will protect
ment and awe of a first-timer while taking the opportunity to touch their
hearts as to the importance of our treasured water ways in Virginia.
while you go Fis
Make no mistake; this is not a ‘free ride’ for these kids. They will write a
200 word essay titled: “How an Army of One Can Help Save the Bay” and
they will complete the scout merit badge requirements for fishing.
Each scout will be presented with a fishing rod and he/she will learn how to
use their rod from a charter captain while on the trip. They will learn about
P r o v i d i ng I T S e r v i c e s
marine environment protection, safety on the water, fishing regulations,
chart plotting, basic first aid, and how to call for help on a VHF, just to
a nd S o l u t i o ns
name a few life time tools (refer to the Scout Merit Badge Requirements at
Experts in Data Protection and
This year the VCBA will continue to partner with the VMRC through their
Virginia Saltwater Recreational Fishing Development but have added VIMS
7462 Old Hickory Drive, Mechanicsville, VA
and the City of Hampton Parks & Recreation Department as additional
partners. VCBA charter boats (who will be donating their day of chartering)
will gather at the Hampton City Docks. They will take out over 200 Boy and
Girl Scouts and their chaperones for day of fishing on the Chesapeake.
When they return, the City of Hampton will host the participants with a
cook-out and prizes and awards will be handed out including free passes
for the Buckroe Fishing Pier for each scout.
and Joe Shelton
teach girl scouts
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Big Cats in the City
By Chris Jenkins and pursue those of another feather. I comes a time when we move on to test Personally I am smit-
think it’s fair to assume that we have all our skills against a more formidable ad- ten over largemouth bass, but when I
Show me a big ﬁsh, and I will chase it. threaded a night crawler on a hook at versary. That is to say that most of us started seeing photographs of giant
As ﬁsherman, most of us have a pre- some point and done battle with a cat- do. Some on the other hand are born blue catfish emerging from the James
ferred species to target. However, ﬁsh or two. to tangle with these creatures of the River a decade ago, I could not ignore
when the species happens to be really deep. the calling. It was roughly the year of
big, we can be swayed to cinch the knot Rarely do we remember, but there 2003 when I called Chris Eberwien of
Eberwien’s Catfishing to book a guided
trip. I still remember that hot steamy
night in July when I landed my ﬁrst cat-
ﬁsh in access of ﬁfty pounds.
We Know the Over the years Chris and I caught and
released many more blue cats on the
Neighborhood. James River that dwarfed that initial
ﬁfty pound mark. It quickly became ap-
parent to me that Chris is one of those
people that have a “sixth sense” when
it comes to ﬁnding these obese eating
Just like The Big Bass Posse in Califor-
nia, I noticed Chris had a tight knit
group of fellow anglers that would
communicate their success only be-
tween one another. This tight lipped
oath allowed them to not only monitor
and stay on big ﬁsh, but also provide
clients with the thrill of a lifetime.
Today, ﬁfty pounds will not even turn
an anglers head when it comes to blue
cats in the Hopewell area. In fact, the
City of Hopewell and surrounding areas
became the infamous launch points
into big cat city. In 2006 when a 95.11
pound blue cat became the new state
record, it was obvious to everyone that
the one hundred pound mark was up
Unlike most sports, anyone can hold a
record when it comes to ﬁshing. Let’s
face it, you or I will never surpass the
likes of Hank Aaron or Michel Jordan,
but it is certainly conceivable that we
Unique. at’s a word often used to describe life in the Northern Neck. And it’s a could make the right cast to the right
quality we understand because this is our home too. Since 1930, we’ve been helping spot at the right time. Well on
people buy property, build homes, establish businesses and put down roots here. 5/20/2009 Tim Wilson made that cast.
We’ve earned their trust and respect, as well as the trust and respect of the communities In doing so he hauled in a 102.4 pound
we are privileged to serve. And we’ve made a lot of good friends. at’s why it makes Blue Catfish that further solidiﬁed the
sense to turn to Bank of Lancaster in the Northern Neck. We know the neighborhood.
James River’s title as The King of the
Give us a call or drop in today at one of our convenient oﬃces, and let us help you ﬁnd
your special place in this special community. We want to be your banker.
Like the old saying goes, if you build it,
they will come. People came from sev-
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3rd Annual Lancaster County Little League
Spanish Mack el
cut bait on the James in an attempt to
do battle with, and possibly partake in a
rent state record is 67.1 pounds, and
the ﬁsh was caught on 3/23/08.
urna e t
new state record. Unfortunately, sea-
soned veterans like Chris Eberwien and When I inquired as to the average life Little League &
the rest of the Big Cat Posse starting span of the blue cat, he directed the outh Club of
seeing the ill eﬀects of all of the un- question to Catherine Lim who stated
wanted ﬁshing pressure brought on due
to the James’s notoriety. It was dis-
that the oldest blue she had encoun-
tered was twenty four years old.
cussed among the guides and agreed
upon that the James needed a rest. Judging from my conversation with
August 20, 2011
these three ﬁsheries personnel, and a
The Potomac River: Attention was then few reputable guides, the Potomac
turned upon the Potomac River to fulﬁll River is undoubtedly your best chance
the needs of their paying customers for not only a trophy, but a potential
and keep their businesses aﬂoat. Learn- record.
ing a new river system can be challeng- $2,500
ing, especially when the river is as large If you decide to tangle with these big Second Prize
as the Potomac. When very little verbal cats, it is recommended that you use a ,
information is attainable, a good map stiﬀ seven foot rod, and a sturdy reel Third Prize
becomes our best friend and saves us that is capable of holding at least two $750
valuable time on the water and poten- hundred yards of twenty pound plus Fourth Prize
tially from hazardous situations. test monoﬁlament. Due to the ﬁsh’s $500
abrasive mouth, it is also recommended f
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and contact the men and women that leader. Ba
Based on 60 boats
maintain and protect our waters. That’s
exactly what I did by placing a call to I also noticed these guides using ﬂat
John Odenkirk of the Virginia Depart- weights on their rigs. The reason being
ment of Game and Inland Fisheries. is that they will lay ﬂat on the bottom
John said the Potomac River is literally as opposed to rolling in the strong cur-
exploding with big blues. He said the rent. Unanimously, all the guides I
population growth curve is about two spoke to agreed that indigenous, and
decades behind the likes of the James preferable fresh bait was the key to
River, but with a larger and more pro- success. However, these ﬁsh rarely pass
ductive watershed and forage base, the up an easy meal. Whether incoming or
Potomac is well on its way to record out going, ﬁsh a moving tide when )"100
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“Hot Spots” for that the average angler food.
might target for these giants.
During the months of May and June 4
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ples the D.G.I F. have been in on sug- as well. So either from a boat or from
gest that anglers need only venture shore, it could be your name in the
down river as far as the deeper bends record books the next time you choose
near Marshall Hall, and Mattawoman to to Tangle with the Big Cats of the City.
ﬁnd big ﬁsh. He said that even the
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Kayaking for Flounder
the water temps warm up in the
summer time, ﬂounder start to Over under water structure like the
hang in the deeper water. Targeting rocks of any of the bridge tunnel is-
ﬂounder from a kayak this time of lands’, jigging vertically in the rocks
year isn’t as easy as in the spring not only get the bait to the ﬂounder
when they are shallow, but totally but helps you keep your jig heads
doable from kayaks. from snagging. When walking the
jig up and down the rocks you can
When ﬂounder are deep, they are control your kayak by using the one
around hard structure. In the spring arm paddling technique. This is not
they will ambush bait around shal- the simplest paddling trick to do
low sand bars, in the summer they and can put a lot of strain on your
like to blend in with rocks and wait joints.
for baitfish to swim by. The key is to always use a point on
your body to push the paddle with.
When I’m ﬁshing in the shallow For example, with the paddle in my
water, a half an ounce jig head and right hand, to move forward I press
a Berkley Gulp body works for the paddle shaft with my PFD (life-
ﬂounder. In the summer when they jacket) while I pull the paddle blade
are deep I like to use a 2 or more through the water with my right
ounce jig head and a larger Gulp. hand. What will hurt your wrist is
There are plenty of small ﬁsh that trying to control the paddle with
are going to nip at the gulp baits. I your hand by itself. Always have a
like to use tough body Gulp bait fulcrum point when one arm pad-
when croaker, spot, pinﬁsh, pigﬁsh dling.
and small black sea bass attack the
Gulp baits. Gulp Jerk shads, Shrimp, When using the Gulp and jig head
By Kayak Kevin Whitley dollars and hours are spent hunting
and the new Ripple mullet can with- combos you don’t have to wait to
these ﬁsh. Early in the season as the
stand the small ﬁsh attacks com- set the hook, when you fell that the
Flounder is one of the main tar- water temps are warming from the
pared to the curly tail Gulps. ﬂounder has it set the hook and get
geted species of ﬁsh in the Bay. winter cold, ﬂounder are ﬁrst
em up. Flounder are notorious
Neck and neck with stripers, many caught in the shallow waters. When
One very distinct advantage for the about getting oﬀ the hook at the
kayaker is the ability to get close to side of the boat or kayak. I use the
out-of-the-water structure. Not leg scoop to land them in my kayak.
only can we get close but can bang With the ﬁsh kayak side I keep pres-
into bridge pilings without thou- sure on the ﬁsh w and grab the
sands of dollars of damage to our leader. With my leg in the water, I
boats or risk damage to the bridge. leader the ﬁsh between my leg and
The sand at the base of every pilling the kayak, with one ﬂuid motion, I
is always dug out from the wash of lift with my leg and the leader and
the current. “scoop” the ﬂounder into the
This indention in the sand is a great
position for a ﬂounder to hide the Flounder are always a fun and pro-
current sweeps disorientated bait- ductive ﬁsh to target from a kayak,
ﬁsh by the piling and the current and with a little practice and the
eddy behind the pilling can trap one arm paddling technique kayak
baitfish. When the current isn’t to anglers can GET ON’EM!
strong I like to slip my kayak into
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tion. Then I drop the jig down to the info on kayak ﬁshing DVDs.
bottom and give it a few bounces.
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A. Ken Neill, Wes Blow, Roger Burnley and Steve Martin had a successful day of
ﬁshing during the re-opening of Virginia’s sea bass season on May 22. They
caught a nice class of bass with a number pushing the 5-pound mark.
B. Josh Monroe caught a largemouth bass in Pungo, Virginia Beach on April 2011.
The ﬁsh weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches long.
C. Brent Smith caught this bass while ﬁshing a mill pond near Tappahannock.
The ﬁsh weighed 5 ½ pounds and was the biggest one Brent has ever caught.
D. Pete and Barbara Kauneckas of Kilmarnock, VA along with their son Philip of
Danville, VA are holding up one of the 18 sailﬁsh they caught on a two day
ﬁshing trip to Isla Mujeres in March 2011.
E. Roger Burnley is holding a golden tileﬁsh caught at the Norfolk Canyon while
ﬁshing on the Healthy Grin.
F. This big red drum was caught in the breakers at Fisherman’s Island Inlet while
ﬁshing on the “Get Anet” with Capt. Rick Wineman. The angler is Rick’s
brother, David Wineman.
G. (L-R) Steven Tigpen, Sam Fisher, Roland Martin, and Chuck O’Bier had suc-
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Bass Basics - Crankbaits
By Tim Sherman Some crankbaits are stout-bod- gles downward from the front of crankbait. It has a multiple pur-
ied while others are thin. Typically the bait will produce a wider wob- poses, but shines when retrieved
Earlier this year, I was asked to the wider the lure’s body the wider ble. The ﬁrst picture shows lures on through open water with sporadic
elaborate further on one of my arti- the wobble the lure will have. A few the market today that work the cover. A coﬃn bill crankbait usually
cles while it was in the preproduc- other factors also play into the water column shallow to deep, top has a slender body. These two de-
tion stage at Chesapeake Angler. lure’s motion. to bottom respectively. sign qualities aﬀord the lure a tight
The article was written as such that wiggle that is more appealing to
most bass anglers would under- bass in cold water. The corners of
stand. Yet, if someone new to ﬁsh- the lip make the lure bump oﬀ of
ing would have read it, they would cover at strange angles, and can
have been left wondering. This provoke reaction strikes from
sparked an idea between the edito- lethargic bass. The square bill bait is
rial staﬀ and me to write articles often cast to sunken wood along
about the basics of ﬁshing from banks, and around piers. The lip is
time to time. positioned downward, helping
guard the front treble hook from
In ﬁshing, there are numerous
becoming snagged. Like the coﬃn
lures to cast to entice largemouth
bill, it deﬂects at odd angles. Most
and smallmouth bass. Many of their
square bill baits are designed to
names end in “bait”. There are
work at depths down to ﬁve feet.
swim baits, spinnerbaits, chatter
baits, jerkbaits, buzzbaits, etc. COLORS
One of the most common lures Crankbaits on tackle shop dis-
you’ll hear about is a crankbait. The plays cover the entire spectrum of
name is derived from the presenta- color. Some hues are designed to
tion — cast the lure out and crank it catch ﬁshermen more than bass,
back in (if only it was that simple). but having several colors on hand is
The lure’s best quality is that it al- a must. One commonly uttered say-
lows you to cover great expanses of ing is, “If the water is cold, give ‘em
the water quickly. As with the many gold.” Black back gold lures do, in-
varieties of lures, a novice angler deed, work very well in late fall and
can ﬁnd choosing a crankbait to be early spring. As waters begin to
quite a dilemma. For this article warm, the trend is to cast cranks
we’ll be discussing ﬂoating models with brown and/or chartreuse as
because they are the most widely the main tone. Brown crawﬁsh and
used. ﬁre tiger patterns are good choices.
These tones also work well in dingy
DETAILS IN DESIGN
colored water. I ﬁnd that natural
Crankbaits are made from either hues work best in summer.
plastic or wood, with cedar and Notice, too, that a crankbait has a Along with diﬀerent length and Silver/black, shad, and bluegill color
balsa the most common woods clear plastic protrusion sticking out angles, the lip of a crankbait will be schemes are what I will cast. These
used. Wooden lures are more buoy- from its face. This is referred to as either round, square, or coﬃn colors closely match the forage that
ant than plastic ones. They will ﬂoat the lure’s lip or bill. The longer the shaped. Each has its particular use, bass feed on in our brackish waters.
up faster through the water column lip extends from the face of the yet they can be productive in sev-
Across the country, you will ﬁnd
when you stop retrieving the lure. lure, the deeper it will dive. The eral diﬀerent scenarios. The second
a speciﬁc color is dominant on a
Most crankbaits are designed to re- angle at which the lip protrudes picture shows an example of each
particular lake. On Lake High Rock
semble ﬁsh — a shad, a perch, or a also determines the lure’s action. A type of lip, left to right — square,
where I ﬁsh with my brother, a
bluegill. A few are made to mimic bill that comes straight ahead will coﬃn, and round. The most com-
crankbait with chartreuse sides and
crawﬁsh. have a tighter wiggle. A bill that an- mon of the three is the round bill
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a green or blue back seems to get need to make contact with under-
more strikes that a standard shad water objects to get the best re-
pattern. Bass pro Randy Yarnall, has sults. Bump a stump, knock a rock,
also found that certain lakes have a or tick the top of underwater vege-
ﬁngerprint. On the Finger Lakes of tation. When glancing oﬀ of a rock
New York, he ﬁnds that the sexy or tree, stop your retrieve momen-
shad scheme works well. On certain tarily to allow the lure to ﬂow up.
Florida lakes, bass favor crankbaits When ticking the grass, quickly
with a brown and yellow color pair- twitch the rod tip. These actions
ing. Randy also knows that he often make bass react to the lure.
should carry lures in the emerald
shiner pattern when ﬁshing Lake Check your line often when ﬁsh-
Champlain. ing with crankbaits. Line is easily
chaﬀed when ﬁshing around rock OUTFISHES LIVE BAIT
TUNING, TECHNIQUES, AND TIPS and wood cover. I choose 10-pound Gulp!Alive! has a powerful attractant that acts like a
test line for most of my cranking. blood trail in the water. And just by placing it back in the
Often you will ﬁnd that a Many manufacturers use this attractant, you can recharge and reuse it. Gulp!Alive!
crankbait will not track true. It will weight of line as their standard for outﬁshes and outlasts live bait.
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MARYLAND FISHING REPORT
By Keith Kaufman 410.967.1664) Up Publications; 401.798.6503, crankbaits, and Case Magic Stiks. On
www.getgup.com) the tidal Potomac River, Ken’s guides
Anglers with Captain Walt at Light Captain Sonney Forrest at Reel Relief and their anglers have caught small-
Tackle Charters enjoyed exciting shal- Charters said recent rockfish trolling Ken Penrod at Life Outdoors Unlim- mouth bass on the shorelines above
low-water striped bass action out of has been good for anglers who have ited provided us with reports for both Three Sisters with tubes and Rapala
Crisfield in May. Walt said they were downsized their lures and have been the upper Potomac River and tidal crankbaits. Smallmouth and large-
actually targeting speckled trout in fishing them deeper (than during the Potomac River. At Lander on the mouth bass have been hooked at
the shallows, but when 30-inch spring trophy season). In early June, upper Potomac, Ken said productive Long Bridge, Key Bridge, Pentagon La-
striped bass hit the baits instead, no Captain Sonney expects flounder to locations have included deeper holes goon, Washington Channel and Blue
one complained. “During a falling tide be on the channel edges across from adjacent to Catocin Creek, Sawbuck Plains, primarily on crankbaits, plastic
has been the best time and best baits Solomons, Cove Point and the points Ledges, the Wall grass-beds, holes tubes, and spinnerbaits.
in the Patuxent River. Small and ledges below Fence Creek, and
live spot and squid are good holes below Burkhart’s Riffle. At Hot spots in the Woodrow Wilson
flounder baits, “just put in Whites and Edwards Ferry, Ken rec- Bridge area have included the coves
the time. Try a falling tide ommended the ledges near Edwards, near Belle Haven, barges and grass-
and wind drift that will the mouth of Goose Creek, wood beds in Broad Creek, the southern
move your boat up or down cover near the power line on the shore of Swan Creek, and coves in
the edge.” Maryland side, and Balls Cliff. Piscataway Creek. In Mattawoman
Creek, the back half of the creek has
Captain Sonney also re- Smallmouth bass in these locations provided bass action on falling water
ported spot on the oyster have been attacking Campground on spinnerbaits.
bars and very good action Special teaser tubes, Rapala DT4
with croaker in the
evenings. “Black drum will
be passing through this
area in June and the
‘boomers’ will be a targeted
fish.” (Captain Sonney For-
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Poor water conditions (high
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BOATLIFTS PERMITS BULKHEAD DECKS LANDSCAPE
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for many anglers during the
early part of the season.
Hopefully, conditions will
This black drum was the first caught this season,
aboard the charter boat “worm,” which departs from improve and the trolling
chesapeake Beach, mD. bite will come on strong in
June. According to Lenny
Rudow at Geared Up Publi-
have been jigheads tipped with a
cations, “Stripers have been hitting
white, chartreuse or pink Assassin or
chunked bunker off Hackett’s since
twister tail.” According to Walt,
early May, which should be a really
“Chesapeake Bay shallow-water fish-
good sign for the June
ing is also a lot of fun with 7-weight
chumming/chunking bite in the mid-
fly gear and flashy Deceivers.”
dle bay.” In other news, “June is also
Walt will continue to fish for skinny- shark month out of Ocean City, so
water speckled trout and striped those with an adventurous streak and
bass. He’s also running trips on the a trailer boat may want to head to OC
ocean, sight-fishing for cobia and off- and run to the Fingers, Jackspot, or 804-580-3625 or 804-761-4025
The Northern Neck
shore casting for dolphin. (Captain similar inshore lumps to take a shot
Walt at Light Tackle Charters; at a mako.” (Lenny Rudow at Geared
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VIRGINIA BEACH AND OFFSHORE FISHING by Ken Neill
W i n n i n g F l o u n d e r S t r at e g i e s
Each summer, hundreds of Virginia’s
ﬁnest ﬂounder ﬁshermen gather to- These structures include the wrecks
gether to compete against each other and artiﬁcial reefs inside and near the
in the Flounder Bowl. Winning this mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Some
tournament is not a “ﬂuke”. These of the most productive structures are
anglers are not drifting around out the Cape Henry Wreck, Back River
there, with their minnow and squid Reef, and the Cell, though any of the
baits, hoping for a big ﬂounder. They wrecks and reefs can produce large
will be ﬁshing particular areas, using ﬂounder. What they all have in com-
specialized techniques designed to mon is that they concentrate forage,
target the largest of the Old Domin- provide current breaks and provide
ion’s ﬂatfish. We are going to explore good ambush points for a hungry
some of these tournament-winning ﬂounder. You will ﬁnd depressions,
strategies. next to these structures, caused by
current washout. Flounder will stack
Structure is King up in these areas and wait for food to
be brought to them.
The overriding theme to all of the
winning strategies is that the largest The largest piece of ﬂounder struc-
ﬂounder are very structure oriented. ture in the bay is the Chesapeake Bay
These trophy ﬂounder anglers will Bridge Tunnel. Large ﬂounder can be
target speciﬁc pieces of structure and found all along this structure but cer- as a super highway and large ﬂounder larger ﬂounder? The answer is yes.
at times, very small areas. It is amaz- tain areas are known for producing will be caught all along it. You will ﬁnd that many of the tourna-
ing how many large ﬂounder will the largest ﬂounder. The four rock is- ment anglers have left the minnows
crowd into a small area when the lands of the CBBT are all good ﬂoun- The channel edge is good but we behind in favor of larger live baits for
conditions are right. der areas. Speciﬁcally, the washout need something more to concentrate ﬂounder. Live spot has become the
areas at the ends of the islands, both large ﬁsh for us. Areas of live or prime bait for doormat ﬂounder.
the tunnel and bridge end. The curve, rough bottom near the channel is Other live ﬁsh like small croaker, mul-
near the third island has a lot of bot- prime. You will ﬁnd bottom like this in let, and perch all make excellent baits
tom structure. the buoy 42 area of the Baltimore for large ﬂounder. If you do not have
Channel. Near buoy 36A, of the North live ﬁsh, strips of cut ﬁsh work just
A very good area can be found past Channel, is another area to ﬁnd live ﬁne.
the forth island as you are heading bottom. Both the buoy 42 and 36A
towards the Eastern Shore. The ﬁrst areas are well known for producing Again, the theme is large baits for
“pull oﬀ” area of the old (seaside) large ﬂounder. large ﬂounder. The length of your
span, where the bridge goes from strips is often based on the size of the
three pilings to four has a lot of rock Big Bait, Big Fish ﬁsh you get them from. Blueﬁsh,
on the bottom. There is a span of If you can use a minnow to catch a ﬂounder, cobia belly, and false alba-
about four piling sets that will hold ﬂounder, will a larger minnow catch a core are all used to make strip baits
large ﬂounder in all of that structure.
Further down the span, the pilings
near the high-rise section have a lot
of rubble around them that big ﬂoun-
der like to hang out next to.
So far, we have talked about hard
structures. There is another type of
structure that anglers will ﬁsh for tro-
phy ﬂounder and that’s channel
edges. The Baltimore Channel is the
main channel coming into the Chesa-
peake Bay. Big ﬂounder will use this
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from. Any ﬁsh that you have access to give the bait action. You can use strip
can be used to make strip baits. baits (and live baits) while drifting,
The basic terminal tackle for ﬂounder but you will often ﬁnd the serious
is a 3-way swivel with a short leader ﬂounder sharpies slow trolling their
to a sinker and another leader to your strip baits over productive bottom.
hook. The Kahle style hook is used by
most ﬂounder ﬁshermen. It is typi- You will see them with smaller mo-
cally a plain hook when using live ﬁsh tors for trolling or dragging, some-
as bait. When strip baits are used, the times elaborate, drift sock setups to
hook will be dressed up with colorful slow their trolling speed down. When
bucktails, spinners, or other attrac- they ﬁnd a small area holding ﬂoun-
tors. der, they will work it hard, not relying
on current and wind to drift them
Another productive way to target over the same area again. This is a fa-
large ﬂounder is to get rid of this 3- vorite technique around the buoy 42
way swivel rig and just use a jig to ﬁsh area.
the bottom structure. The jig hook
can be baited with a cut ﬁsh strip or Almost all ﬂounder anglers are using
use an artiﬁcial bait like the Gulp braided ﬁshing line now. Exceptions
baits. to this are those trolling for ﬂounder
around hard structures. Here, wire-
Techniques line oﬀers protection from abrasion.
Wire-line trolling can be used any-
The actual ﬁshing technique will vary where but it is at the CBBT where you
with the structure and the bait being will ﬁnd this technique used the most.
used. While ﬁshing live bait around The rig is the regular ﬂounder 3-way
the hard structures, the captain can swivel setup with a much longer
use the boat engine to hold the an- leader to your hook.
glers over the productive bottom.
This is done a lot at the CBBT. Jigs can Here, the “hook” is typically a bucktail
also be used to probe the bottom jig dressed with a strip bait. These
around the structure while the cap- trophy ﬂounder hunters will slowly
tain keeps the boat in the sweet spot. troll along the up-current side of the
Some anglers will anchor on the structure while keeping their sinker in
structure when using live bait. Cast contact with the bottom. The current
your bottom rig up current and let it sweeps the light bucktail jig towards
be swept down the structure to a the structure where the ﬂounder are
waiting ﬂounder. waiting. Wire-line trolling is not done
as much now that ﬁshing with live
This technique is typically used on the spot has become so popular. It is still
wrecks and artiﬁcial reefs. When a very productive technique for those
using live baits, the angler relies on who are good at it and I would not be
the bait to provide the action to en- at all surprised to see a wire-liner
tice a big ﬂounder to bite. With strip holding this year’s Flounder Bowl Tro-
baits, there needs to be movement to phy.
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North Carolina Offshore Report
By Captain Jay Kavanagh of Bite Me Charters Bite Me
Spring fishing continues on the outer banks for baiting big mahi stacked up behind the Bite Me!
dolphin, tuna, wahoo, billfish and some cobia
too. The Oregon Inlet boats have been mostly fishing
down our way off Hatteras, and closer to home
Offshore of Morehead City / Beaufort / Atlantic catching mixed bags as well.
Beach they are catching lots of blackfin tuna. A As I write this report, we are in the middle of the
few wahoo are in the box as well. Dolphin are Hatteras Village Offshore Open. Yesterday was
starting to make a good showing too. the first fishing day and there was some pretty
Down in Morehead City big thanks goes out to good action. Blue Marlin were released by Sea
Richard Montana and all of his volunteers of the Striker, Outlaw, Wired Up, Release, Outer Limits,
Reelin for Research Tournament. They raised an Cat Baby, and the Endorfin. Wired Up also re-
unbelievable amount of money for The Chil- leased a white marlin to put him in first place. A
dren’s Promise. Chain Link came in first, with big blue marlin was brought to the dock by the
Dancin Outlaw in second. The big winner was crew of the Low Profile.
Children’s Cancer Research. A check was pre-
sented for $98,500 to the Children’s Promise di- Captain Darrin Callahan and crew weighed in a
rector, who stated that because of their 511 pound blue marlin to put them on the board
research, over 85% of the children diagnosed in second place! The tournament continues
with cancer ARE CURED! through Saturday. Check out www.hvoo.org for
tournament coverage. Good Luck to everyone.
Offshore from Hatteras, we are also having
some great meat fishin. Tuna, dolphin, wahoo, a We will be fishing a lot of tournaments this sum-
few mako sharks, and a few marlins are being mer, starting with the Hatteras Marlin Club Invi-
caught. tational in June. We are really excited about it.
Check out www.fishbiteme.com for the entire
We are doing a little bit of fishing with the kite scoop on fishin on the Bite Me. Stay tuned to
for tuna. It is really exciting way to catch tunas see what’s bitin. Give me a shout and let’s go
when they won’t bite the trolling stuff. It is a re- fishing!
ally cool bite seeing the tuna jump out of the
water for the bait! Captain Jay Kavanagh
Bite Me Sportfishing Charters
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Virginia Offshore Report By Ric Burnley
By Ric Burnley This is a good time to employ vertical chunks of squid will catch them two-at-
jigs, too. When you mark a concentra- a-time, but a Lucanus jig on a Tescata
Finally, after a long boring winter, oﬀ- tion of blueﬁn, use a heavy action jig- rod and Calcutta reel will make catching
shore ﬁshing should be going oﬀ this ging rod to drop a 250 gram jig to the sea bass fast and fun.
month. June begins with blueﬁn tuna ﬁsh. By mid may, yellowﬁn tuna will
at Hot Dog, Cigar, Fingers, 26 Mile Hill, ride warm water eddies inshore from Grouper and tiles should also be avail-
and the Crotch. the Gulf Stream. able on the live bottom along the 50
! fathom curve. Chunks of squid or cut
For blueﬁn key in on bait, so when you Look for the ﬁsh in 70 to 76 degree ﬁsh on beefed up 100 pound test bot-
mark squid, anchovies, or sand eels on that crosses the 100 fathom curve, Nor- tom rig with an 8/0 hook and a 16
the ﬁshﬁnder, look for blueﬁnto be folk, or Washington Canyon. ounce sinker will catch these ﬁsh – as
near. will a heavier Lucanus jig or a 250 gram
Wahoo and dolphin may join the yel- vertical jig.
Troll the area with Ilanders rigged with lowﬁn. With any luck, sea bass season
large ballyhoo. The trick to fooling may reopen in May. If this happens, By the end of the month, billﬁsh – es-
blueﬁn is ﬁshing the baits far behind oﬀshore anglers will be doubly blessed. pecially blue marlin – will be a good
the boat. If that doesn’t trick them into The deepwater wrecks past 50 fathoms possibility. Then, it will oﬃcially be
biting, try using 200 to 100 pound ﬂuo- should hold good numbers of fat sea summer. Finally!
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Surfcasting The Outer Banks of North Carolina
by Joe Malat
Cast Nets for the Surfcaster
From time to time I receive how large the pie will be. A gallon bucket with a lid. I
mac currin with a load of mullet
he caught in his cast net from
requests to write about spe- four-foot radius net will currently have three Betts
the beach at cape hatteras. ciﬁc topics that relate to surf have a diameter of eight nets that have seen more
photo by Joe malat. ﬁshing and a request I hear feet when fully opened. than 15 years of hard use
frequently is how to select and are in great shape.
and use cast nets. In my It makes sense that the Observe a dozen anglers
opinion, a cast net should be biggest net will catch the who throw a cast net and
a “must have” piece of gear most ﬁsh with the fewest you are liable to observe
for anyone who ﬁshes the number of throws. In ideal twelve diﬀerent techniques.
surf. There’s absolutely no conditions that is true, but If you purchase your net at
substitute for very fresh bait let’s consider a practical “on any one of the local Outer
and that’s why I always have the beach” situation. During Banks tackle shops, most of
a cast net in my beach vehi- the fall on the Outer Banks, the shop operators will be
cle. some of the best runs of glad to give you some basic
mullet occur when the wind instruction. Practice makes
Mullet is one of the most ef- is blowing into the thrower’s perfect.
fective natural baits used by face and it’s tough to throw
Outer Banks surfcasters. In a large cast net any great On the beach a pair of polar-
early September huge distance into a brisk wind. A ized sunglasses and a cap
schools of ﬁnger mullet are ﬁve-footer can be thrown will enable you to see the
in the surf with speckled easily into the wind. skittish mullets before they
trout, blueﬁsh, ﬂounder and see you. Don’t walk into the
drum in hot pursuit. Beach Sometimes the mullet are water to try to get close to
anglers can easily catch their cruising in the breaking the cruising mullets as they
own bait with a cast net. For waves, about 15 to 20 feet move along the shoreline.
the price of a few dozen ﬁn- from shore. It’s tough to
ger mullet you can buy a net throw a big net that far. A They will see you and head
that will provide you with few, well-placed throws for deeper water (just be-
fresh bait for years to come. with a ﬁve-foot net will yond the range of your net!)
catch anyone enough mullet as they approach. Stand a
A cast net is a simple circular for a full day’s ﬁshing. few feet back from the
net with weights at the bot- water’s edge, and throw the
tom. After the net is thrown I own cast nets in several ra- net on a low, straight trajec-
over a school of ﬁsh, it set- dius sizes, from three feet to tory. A high toss allows
tles to the bottom, covers eight feet, but the net I use them enough time to franti-
the ﬁsh and traps them until most frequently from the cally scoot out from under
the thrower retrieves and beach is my ﬁve-footer. You the approaching net, and
opens the net. can buy a good net with they will do that in a heart-
enough weight to settle fast beat.
Cast nets are measured by enough to trap the speedi-
mesh size and radius length. est of mullets for around Go ahead and put a cast net
The ideal size mesh for all- ﬁfty dollars. I’ve used Betts in with your surf ﬁshing
purpose bait gathering along Cast nets for decades. They gear, learn to throw it well
the Outer Banks is 3/8-inch. make a quality product at a and you will be ready for the
Ideally, the open net will fair price. fall ﬁshing season. A cast
look like a round pie (not a net will not only get you the
slice of pie) when it hits the After every use, I rinse my freshest bait possible, they
water and the radius length, net in fresh water and hang are fun to throw!
which is half the diameter of it out of the sun. After the
the open net, determines net dries it goes into a ﬁve-
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Calm Water Fishing
By Ric Burnley wake zone, killing two birds with ing water – literally. After some We let the wind blow us out of Lake
one stone can often produce blues, joking, Blake assured us that the Rudee and into the turning basin.
On Saturday, I suﬀered a terrible trout, and puppy drum. weather would be calm. We We bounced our jigs from the inlet
beating while ﬁshing for blue marlin thought about taking refuge in Big entrance to the metal wall to the
oﬀ Hatteras. On Wednesday, I took Our ﬁrst stop was the Rudee Inlet Sam’s – a restaurant within casting rocks and back. Meanwhile the
a brutal but kicking while chasing Bridge. Blake dropped the anchor distance – but decided that our clouds continued to gather. The
red drum oﬀ Eastern Shore. By outside the boating channel and we prospects were better with the ﬁsh. wind switched and died. We were
Wednesday, I was ready for some each started fan casting a 4-inch sure Blake was going to have to re-
nice weather and easy ﬁshing. chartreuse Gulp! Minnows on ½ So we kept on ﬁshing and catching. deem his guarantee, but the
That’s when Captain Blake Hayden ounce DOA jig heads. After a half After we had determined that a big- weather remained calm.
called up and invited me to go ﬁsh- dozen casts, Blake got a bump. He ger class of ﬁsh wasn’t mixed in
ing. “Guaranteed calm water,” he set the hook and brought in a small with these dinks, and that the rain The anglers lining the rock wall
promised. I was in. ﬂounder. wasn’t going to break the guaran- along the inlet weren’t concerned
tee, we moved on in search of with the impending rain, either.
My brother Roger and I met Blake Now we had their number. Every something bigger. They were too busy catching sea
at the newly renovated Owl Creek cast to the same area produced a mullet, spot, and croaker. Every an-
Launch Ramp oﬀ General Booth similar sized ﬂounder. While the With the tide ﬂooding and the wind gler who cast a two hook bottom rig
Blvd in Virginia Beach early in the ﬁsh weren’t big, they were fun. The still blowing out of the south, we baited with fresh or artiﬁcial blood-
afternoon. Even though the wind light tap, feed it, another tap and decided to start at the back of Lake worm was rewarded with a brace of
was blowing 20 knots, there was wait for it. Then tap, tap, tap, tug Rudee and work our way out. pan ﬁsh. This rig is easy to make.
hardly a ripple on the surface of the and FISH ON! Simply take an arm’s length of 40
water – so far Blake’s guarantee We cast our jigs at every rockpile, pound mono ﬁlament and tie a sur-
was solid. Before long, we were catching ﬁsh dock piling, and grass patch. This geon’s loop at each end. In the
so fast and having so much fun, that area often holds speckled trout, middle, tie two 3-inch dropper
With the tide dead low, there we didn’t notice dark clouds form- puppy drum and blueﬁsh. Blake loops about 5 inches apart.
wasn’t much water to ﬁsh in the ing to the west until Roger’s cell likes to use a “Knocker Rig” consist-
back of the creek so we headed to- phone rang. It was his friend warn- ing of a 9/0 hook tied to a few Loop a sinker to the bottom loop
wards Rudee Inlet. ing us about the impending storm. inches of 50 pound mono leader. and a No.1 long shank hook to each
“He says hail is falling at his house,” He slides a 1/4 ounce eggsinker on of the dropper loops. Clip the top
While on the way, we dropped two Roger told us. Sure enough, pink the leader and baits the hook with a loop to a snap swivel tied to a 7
swimming plugs – a RatLtrap and a and purple clouds were spraying strip of cut mullet. This way, the foot spinning rod spooled with 30
Windcheater – 50 yards behind the sheets of grey rain over the horizon. egg sinker knocks against the hook pound braided line. Anglers can
boat and slow trolled down the and calls in the ﬁsh. ﬁsh the shore from the bridge to
creek. Since the whole area is a no- Blake’s guarantee seemed to be los- the end of the sidewalk where the
jetty starts. On this day, the guys
on the bank were far out catching
the guys in our boat.
I was tempted to switch to a bot-
tom rig and join the fun, but stuck
to my jig and hopes of a keeper
ﬂounder, puppy drum, or trout.
From the turning basin, we tempted
the growing storm by heading out
into the inlet. We cast to the rocks
on both sides of the inlet and
drifted across the mouth bouncing
our jigs oﬀ the bottom. Besides a
couple of blueﬁsh, we couldn’t in-
terest anything interesting. Blues
can be a blast at the mouth of the
inlet for anyone casting a GotCha
plug; we were only able to donate
jig tails to the blue terror.
After covering the inlet, we
continued up Owl Creek towards
the ramp and the storm clouds. We
anchored at the tip of the narrow
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