by Capt. Percy Blackburn
The weatherman gave us some excellent weather over the past week, although we had some unexpected windy conditions over the holiday weekend when lots of folks were anxious to get on the water.
Those anglers looking for flounder at The Cell/Buoy #42 have come away with mixed results. The flounder fishing has been hit or miss, as it typically is this time of year. July is the prime flounder fishing month and, hopefully, the fishing will get better.
Fishing for flatfish in the Rappahannock continues to provide activity. There are good numbers of fish being caught, but it is difficult to get a limit (5) of 19-inch fish. Hot spots are Mosquito Point, the Pickle Factory, Towles Point and just below the Robert Norris Bridge on the northern side of the river.
Anglers stopping by Fish On Bait and Tackle (776-0820) in Deltaville indicate Jerk Shad Gulp Baits (Nuclear Chicken) continue to be productive, either attached to a flounder rig or jigged on a bucktail.
The Spanish mackerel should be arriving in the middle bay soon. Isolated catches off Windmill Point bar have been reported, but most of the catch has been bluefish. The schools of Spanish mackerel should arrive in the next couple of weeks as the water continues to warm up, and provide lots of activity during the hot summer days. Trolling small spoons at 6-7 knots will produce the best results.
In general, the croaker being caught are smaller than those fish caught over the past couple of months, although Captain Ian Bailey (776-7129) on the charter boat “Emily Louise” had a good catch of nice croaker off Gwynn’s Island.The best croaker fishing is in the shallows and creeks in the early morning or late evenings.
The focus of charter boats has been on spot, which have increased in numbers and size over the past week. There have been reports of good catches of spot at Butler’s Hole, the Spike, and the mooring buoy just above Mosquito Point. Bloodworms are the favored bait for these tasty favorites.
Jake Fletcher had a pleasant surprise recently while fishing off Gwynn’s Island. While fishing with light tackle for speckled trout, he caught a 38-inch cobia.