Local Fishing Report
|Thomas, Claire, Harry and Anna Grace Shaia caught these nice Spanish mackerel while fishing with their grandfather, Captain Carlisle Bannister, on the charter boat “Miss Linda.”|
by Capt. Percy Blackburn
August is here, and bringing with it hot nights and even hotter daytime temperatures. That means warmer water temperatures, which makes the fish sluggish, as well as the fishermen.
On a positive note, August marks the arrival of Spanish mackerel, a very popular fish with recreational fishermen. Spanish mackerel fishing is generally in full swing by the first week of August. A good number of fish have already been caught in the middle Bay. Between Hole in the Wall and Wolf Trap Light is an excellent area to target them. Other good spots are buoys P1 and P2 at the mouth of the Piankatank, Windmill Point bar, and buoys F1 and F2 entering Fleets Bay.
The best method for catching these fish is to troll Clark or Drone spoons at 6-7 knots behind #1 planers with a 15-20 foot leader made with 20-lb. test monofilament line. If fishing in a group of boats, try using a #2 planer to fish deeper.
Captain Carlisle Bannister (804-402-9830) aboard the charter boat “Miss Linda” has had several good days catching Spanish mackerel off Buoy 1R.
Flounder fishing has been very slow this summer, but seems to have improved over the past week. Captain Gillie Gilliland and Lee Blevins had a nice catch of limit of flatfish last week while fishing in the area of The Cell/Buoy #42.
Speckled trout are being caught in the grass beds on Windmill Point and in the lower Piankatank River. Many of the anglers targeting speckled trout report catching keeper puppy drum and a few large croaker in the shallows.
Most charter boats have focused on catching spot. Captain Wayne Williams (758-4875) aboard the charterboat “Too Salty” has had several good days fishing near Towles Point. Captain Don Bannister (804-436-7715) aboard the charter boat “Restin’ Easy” has been successful fishing at Butlers Hole. Captain Puddin Glasco (804-832-3847) aboard the charter boat “Karen Lynn” reports good catches fishing for spot and croaker off Sturgeon Bar.
Captain Percy Blackburn (804-240-6756) is a member of the Virginia Charter Boat Association and the National Association of Charter Boat Operators.