|Ray Newsome of Cobbs Creek displays the citation speckled trout (26”, 5 lbs., 5 oz.) caught August 1 on a live bunker near Gwynn’s Island. (Photo courtesy of Queen’s Creek Outfitters)|
|Jackson Norton (above) is the latest winner in the 15 years and under age group in the J&W Seafood Weekly Fishing Contest. He caught a croaker weighing 0.79 lb.|
by Capt. Percy Blackburn
Spanish mackerel are still providing lots of activity in the middle Bay. Windmill Bar, Fleets Bay, and the P1/P2 buoys at the mouth of the Piankatank River are just a few of the spots where these favorites can be caught.
Troll Clark spoons (gold or silver/pink) or Drone spoons behind #1 planers. Look for fish on top of the water feeding on minnows, or fish near drop-offs. Many of the fish that are hooked are not landed. To land more fish, let the line out 50-75 feet in order to retrieve hooked fish over a shorter distance in the boat’s wake. Hopefully, these fish will be around into early September.
Puppy drum are providing lots of light tackle action in the creeks and rivers. Captain Ed Lawrence (804-693-5673) on the charter boat “Speckulator” has had good catches fishing in 2 to 4 feet of water around grass beds and structure on the Corrotoman River. Try casting 1/4-oz. jig heads (red) tipped with Gulp Swimming Mullets (pearl white), or floating a piece of peeler crab on a #2 snelled hook.
Flounder fishing in the Rappahannock River continues to be very productive at the Pickle Factory, Mosquito Point, Towles Point and Buoy #8 just above Urbanna Creek. Try slow trolling or drifting Gillie rigs tipped with Gulp Jerk Shads or jigging 1 to 2 oz. Honey Hole lures tipped with the same Gulp baits.
Anglers fishing out of Fish On Bait and Tackle in Deltaville indicate chartreuse pepper neon and nuclear chicken are yielding the best results.
Fishing for flounder at the Cell/Buoy #42 area has been inconsistent. There are days when the fishing is very good, and other days when the fish can be very difficult to find.
Spot are being caught in good numbers at The Spike, Butler’s Hole and Buoy #5 at the mouth of the Piankatank River. Bloodworms are providing the best results. The larger spot should be showing up in the next few weeks.
Captain Tim Haley (804-776-6740) on the charter boat “RobAnnJay” has had an outstanding week fishing off Gwynn’s Island. He has filled his coolers with #1 and #2 spot mixed with mullet. Gray trout have arrived, but most are below the 12’ minimum size.