|Bob Balderson of Church View caught this 38-inch rockfish off Buoy 8 in the Rappahannock River on Monday, Nov. 24. Balderson was fishing out of Bethpage Camp-Resort.|
|Pete Robins of Warner displays the 40-inch, 30-pound rockfish he caught while fishing with Charlie Shiflett of Urbanna Harbour off Whiting Creek near Topping in the Rappahannock River on Nov. 20.|
by Jerry Thrash
Surface water temps are about 51 degrees.
Last week’s showing of specks was likely their farewell performance for this area. No speckled trout were seen this week.
Stripers to 36 inches are biting in the Rappahannock River in the area of Towles Point.
Schooling stripers that vary in size from 16 to 28 inches have been common this past week on moving tides in Fleets Bay above Windmill Bar. Birds are working on small menhaden but no sign of gannets yet.
These big-fish birds should arrive soon. Big fish in the 40-44 inch range have been caught, but these fish are isolated. Most of the big fish have been caught in the usual areas along channel edges.
Very few slot fish (28-34 inches) have been caught so far, but the cold weather should bring them in soon.
Large and small umbrella rigs are producing. Bucktails and parachute lures with grubs or shad and Storm-type lures fished on bottom bouncing rigs and up high are working well, as are swimming plugs.
Anglers using live eel are producing some early larger fish near the Concrete Ships and Cape Charles. We should have a stock of bait eels this week.
Thrash operates Queen’s Creek Outfitters in Mathews.