|Wilson Nobles Jr. displays the citation speckled trout he caught while casting in the Piankatank River. The fish weighed 7 lbs. and was 27 inches long. The citation was registered at J&W Seafood in Deltaville.|
High winds and cooler temperatures this past week kept most anglers off the water. The combination of wind and cooler weather has resulted in a drop in water temperatures, and the good spot bite that we have had for several weeks is probably at or near the end.
The water temperature at Stingray Point is 60 degrees, down 8 degrees over the past week. As the water temperature continues to decline, the fish in the rivers will school up and start their migration to the bay and beyond.
Trolling for rockfish gets more productive when the water temperature drops below 55 degrees. Right now, the fish are in loose schools in the shallows, and there are plenty of fish to be caught casting light jigs tipped with shad tails or Gulp Swimming Mullet. Look for fish feeding in grass beds or around structures such as docks, jetties, a reef, or even a “hum” on the bottom where the depth changes.
Good spots to fish are: Corrotoman Point, Towles Point, Mosquito Point, Windmill Point, and Hole in the Wall.
Several anglers stopping by Fish On Bait and Tackle (804-776-0820) in Deltaville have reported catching rockfish up to 28 inches using live spot along the pilings at the Norris Bridge crossing the Rappahannock River.
The Route 3 bridge across the Piankatank River also has been productive using spot, as well as jigging bucktails.