Local Fishing News
|John Bauer of Hardyville displays the 44” red drum he caught recently while fishing with R.W. Worsham at The Spike. He used bloodworm on 14-lb. test line with a bottom rig. The fish was released unharmed.|
|Two weeks ago, Martin Folliard, Mike Breeden, Chris Anderson, Todd Taylor, Rob Haley and David Taylor were fishing aboard “Bite Me” captained by former Middlesex resident Capt. Jay Kavanagh. Running out of Oregon Inlet, the end of the day tally included eight white marlin, a blue marlin and three dolphin.|
by Capt. Percy Blackburn
The water temperature is getting a bit cooler, and the spot bite is improving. Hopefully, the spot will stay around well into October. There are still an abundance of very small spot, but there are some nicer ones in the mix, along with grey trout, whiting and small croakers.
Captain Tim Haley (804-776-6740) aboard the charter boat “RobAnnJay” reports catching large spot over the past week while fishing off Stingray Point.
On the Piankatank River, good catches of large spot have been reported off Stove Point in the vicinity of buoy #10A.
Up the Rappahannock, Captain Wayne Williams (804-758-4875) on the charter boat “Too Salty” and Captain Johnny Talley (804-277-9331) aboard the charter boat “Last One” have had good catches of large spot at Towles Point and at the mouth of Carter’s Creek.
Captain Tom Narron (804-370-7394) aboard the charter boat “Miss Ella” has been successful fishing off Urbanna Creek. The fish are in 20-25 feet of water. Bloodworms fished during a moving tide will produce the best results.
This is a good time to fish in the shallows around structure and over grass beds. The speckled trout bite in the Piankatank River has been excellent. Several anglers have reported catching speckled trout and rockfish (catch and release) casting small lead jigs tipped with 3-4” Gulp Swimming Mullet (pearl white, camo, smelt). Another popular lure for catching these favorites is a Mirrolure, both the sinking and suspended twitch baits.
Puppy drum are everywhere, but most are below the 18” minimum.
The fall rockfish season starts on October 4 and runs through December 31. The minimum size is 18”, and the possession limit is 2 fish per person. The 28-34” slot restriction that was in place for several years has been eliminated for the fall season; however, only 1 of the two fish limit may exceed 28”.
Captain Percy Blackburn (804-240-6756) is a member of the Virginia Charter Boat Association and the National Association of Charterboat Operators. He runs rockfish charters out of Urbanna Creek.