|Thomas Harris of Disputanta displays the citation 9-lb. flounder he caught while fishing at The Cell on August 26. The fish was weighed and registered at Fish On Bait and Tackle in Deltaville.
|Tony Hudgins of North shows the citation speckled trout (27 inches, 6 lbs., 3 oz.) he caught August 26 in Mobjack Bay on a DOA shrimp. He registered the citation at Queen’s Creek Outfitters in Mathews.|
September is one of the best fishing months on the calendar. The daytime temperatures are pleasant, and the cooler nights lower the water temperature. The combination creates ideal fishing conditions, and the variety of fish to be caught makes for some very enjoyable trips.
The focus of many anglers in September is on spot. The size of the spot being cught over the past few weeks is improving. The number of #1 spot being caught is increasing. “Yellow bellies,” the very large spot, should appear by mid-month. Some nice spot are currently being caught at Butlers Hole in the Rappahannock River, and off Buoy #10A in the Piankatank River.
Along with the larger spot, gray trout (weakfish) should be showing up in good numbers toward the end of the month. These popular fish can be caught both bottom fishing and jigging. The minimum size for keeper gray trout is 12 inches, and the possession limit is 6 per person.
The speckled trout (spotted sea trout) fishing gets better in September as the water temperature begins to decline. These fish are in the shallows, and can be caught casting jigs or floating peeler crabs over grass beds. The Piankatank River and Hole-in-the-Wall are excellent places to fish for speckled trout. While fishing in the shallows for speckled trout, puppy drum also provide a lot of action.
The cobia fishing has been excellent over the past 2-3 weeks. Most of the fish are being caught on eels or small baitfish drifted in chum lines, but as the fish leave the bay, they can be caught sight casting near buoys and structure.
Spanish mackerel can still be caught, but the schools of fish are scattered. Windmill Bar can be productive, as well as the mouth of the Piankatank at buoys #P1 and #P2. The fish appear to have moved to deeper waters, as there have also been reports of schools along the edges of the cut channel. Expect for these fish to exit the bay shortly after the first September cold front moves through.
The flounder action in the Rappahannock is still very productive. The majority of the fish are under the 19-inch minimum, but still provide lots of action. The keeper ratio is about one keeper to 10 fish caught. In the bay, the fishing at The Cell/Buoy #42 area is sporadic from day to day.
A citation flounder (9 lbs., 28.75 inches) was registered this past week at Fish On Bait and Tackle (804-776-0820) in Deltaville by Thomas Harris of Disputanta. He landed the fish at The Cell on August 26 using Gulp Jerk Shad as bait.