|Fishing in the Rappahannock River with Phil Armstead on the “Nannie G,” Tony Ishkanian (above) caught a 66.2-pound, 49-inch black drum on July 19. He used 16-lb. test line.|
|Ed Meade of Weems displays the 73-lb., 10-oz. citation cobia he caught at York Spit Light on July 25. It was 62 inches long. The citation was weighed at J&W Seafood in Deltaville.|
|Logan Prior of Caroline County caught this nice croaker while fishing at the Cell recently.|
|Harry Shaia, 7, caught this nice 25-inch Spanish mackerel on Windmill Bar while fishing with his grandfather, Captain Carlisle Bannister, aboard “Miss Linda.”|
by Capt. Percy Blackburn
August is one of the slower months for fishing due primarily to the hot days/nights and warmer water temperatures. The fish are sluggish, as are the fishermen.
However, August provides us with a large variety of fish to target. In the middle Bay and rivers, we have Spanish mackerel, flounder, bluefish, cobia, puppy drum, speckled trout, gray trout, spot and croaker to name just a few. All of these fish can bring lots of activity, depending upon the tide and time of day.
Spanish mackerel is the big news right now in the middle Bay. There are plenty of fish to be caught from Gwynn’s Island to the Great Wicomico River. Windmill Point bar is currently the hot spot. The best method for catching these fish is to troll Clark or Drone spoons at 6-7 knots behind #1 planers with a 15 to 20 foot leader made with 20-lb. test monofilament line. If fishing in a group of boats, try using a #2 planer to fish deeper.
Scott Cameron, Martin Folliard, Brent Welch and myself fished Windmill Bar late last week and caught plenty of Spanish mackerel using a variety of #0 and #00 Clark spoons, with chrome/pink being the most productive.
Flounder fishing continues to improve at the Cell/Buoy #42 area. Anglers fishing out of Fish On Bait and Tackle (804-776-0820) in Deltaville report catching more keeper fish than in previous weeks. The flounder action in the Rappahannock River is still hot. Some anglers report catching 30 or more fish an outing, but the ratio of keeper fish to fish caught is about 1 to 10. Fishing the drop-offs near the Rappahannock River bridge have been very productive, as well as the bar at Towles Point.
Captain Phil Hughes (804-747-9338), who specializes in light tackle fishing on and near the Piankatank River, has had good catches of speckled trout at Hole in the Wall. Many of the anglers targeting speckled trout report catching large croaker in the shallows. The best time to target croaker is after sunset.
The charter boats out of Deltaville have been focused on catching spot. Captain Robert Green (776-9645) on the charter boat “Miss Diane” has had several good days catching spot at The Spike. Captain Tim Haley(776-6740) on the charter boat “RobAnnJay” has been filling his coolers with spot fishing off Gwynn’s Island.