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Fishing in the Northern Neck

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Did you get out over the hot weekend and do any fishing? I got out on Tuesday before the heat arrived and did some cobia fishing with Tiffany Risch in the Cape Charles area. We caught a limit, with Tiffany catching the biggest one, about 50 inches long. I made a short stop early Friday morning and caught a couple nice bass on soft plastics around the lily pads. Before it got too hot that morning, I slipped over to Kissinger Springs with my brother Bill to try our luck catching a snakehead in the spillway, but we did not find any takers. Sunday evening, I met Dustin Bailey over there to see if he could show me some tips, but the fish said no. Sometimes, the fishing is more about learning and laughing with family and friends then catching. But the catching sure does feel good.

In the local ponds, the fish are seeking the deeper water and shady areas during the day. That doesn’t mean that all the bass will be out deep. Some will still make their way into the shallows to feed, especially early morning and late evening. Buzzbaits, poppers, and walking baits are prime baits during low light. Soft plastics and frogs are great choices into the lily pads. During the heat of the day, soft plastics or a jig worked down the dropoffs and around the shady side of laydowns can be very productive. A Carolina rigged worm worked in the deeps, especially around the dam and channel of the feeder creeks can be very productive for big bass.

The Rappahannock River is offering some amazing fishing opportunities. Cobia and Spanish mackerel are hitting outside the mouth of the river. Sight fishing for the cobia is by far a favorite way to catch them, throwing a live eel out in front of them or a big jig with a plastic trailer. Trolling a drone spoon off planer boards is a proven method for the mackerel. The Windmill Bar has been producing some very nice mackerel in 25-30 feet of water using #1 planers and gold Clark Spoons. Spot and croaker are being caught around the White Stone bridge area and down river. The Downing Bridge area has been giving up some good sized catfish on cut bait.

Remember to be safe out on the water or on the bank. Wear your PFD while on the water, especially while the boat motor is engaged and especially when the water gets rough. Leave a float plan with someone on shore with an estimated time of of return. If you are on shore, keep an eye out for snakes and other creatures. No matter where you are, wear your sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration can happen to the best of us. Be safe and live to fish another day.

If you get to go fishing one afternoon or this coming weekend, take some pictures. I want to see the fun and share it here for everyone to see just how beautiful the Northern Neck is for fishing. Send your pictures, fishing reports, questions or comments, to FishingtheNorthernNeck@yahoo.com. This column is about and for you and fishing in the Northern Neck. Remember, “Do yourself a favor, take a kid fishing.” Make a memory to last a lifetime!

Bruce Callis with his catch of the day!