Fishing News: The spot bite is hot, hot
by Capt. Percy Blackburn
The spot bite is hot, hot!
An already good September for large spot is getting better. Catches of large spot, including “yellow bellies” in the lower Rappahannock River, have been made for the past two weeks.
Captain Tom Narron (804-370-7394) aboard the charter boat “Miss Ella and” and Captain Bill Bailey (804-314-0835) aboard the charter boat “Teaser” have filled their coolers at Butler’s Hole. Fish are also being caught at The Spike and The Pickle Factory. Captain Jeff Adams (804/725-6288) has been successful at Deep Rock.
On the Piankatank River, good catches of large spot have been reported off Stove Point.
This past week, the big spot moved above the Norris Bridge on the Rappahannock River. Don Richwine of Urbanna caught all he wanted at Hog House in 20-25 feet of water using bloodworms. Michael Campbell of Kilmer’s Point got his fill at The Lump off Carter’s Creek using Fishbites. A moving tide provides the best results.
Flounder are still being caught with regularity in the Rappahannock River. Many of the fish are below the 19-inch minimum; however, the keeper fish appear to be getting larger. Brenda Brinn of Rockville caught a nice 24-inch flounder at The Pickle Factory.
This is an excellent time to fish in the shallows around structure and over grass beds. Anglers stopping by Fish On Bait and Tackle (804-776-0820) in Deltaville report catching puppy drum and rockfish (catch and release), casting small lead jigs tipped with 3 to 4 inch Gulp Swimming Mullet (pearl white, camo, smelt). Speckled trout are being caught in these same places casting the same jigs tipped with 3-inch Gulp Shrimp (grass, natural, camo), as well as on Mirrolures.
The fall rockfish season starts on October 4 and runs through December 31. The minimum size is 18 inches and the possession limit is 2 fish per person. Only 1 of the 2 fish limit may be 34 inches or greater. No fish between 28 and 34 inches (closed slot size limit) may be possessed at any time.
The water temperature at Stingray Point is 73 degrees, unchanged over the past week.