Saltwater- Windy conditions have been prevalent lately, holding many anglers back from venturing out. The days that have been fishable, anglers have been rewarded with sizable Bluefin Tuna. Yellowfin are a possibility, and jigging for Blackfin Tuna has been good out of Hatteras. Tautog continue to bite willingly, but again, conditions have not been favorable for numerous reports. The bridge-tunnel has been attracting the Togs over the last few weeks, making the trips shorter in which to target them. With the recent colder weather upon us, the bite may shrink, but should not last, as spring is approaching quickly. Tilefish are another possibility when conditions allow, but be prepared to deal with Seabass, which must be released for now. Surf anglers have been dealing with harsh conditions also, but when easterly winds blow, the fishing usually increases. Frisco pier has been yielding Puppy Drum and Blow Toads.
Freshwater- The freshwater scene continues to improve greatly across the area. The tidal rivers are heating up and Bass are especially active on the Chickahominy. Green Top employee Bryan Henderson caught a 9 lb giant recently from the Chick. As many have already heard, shock tests performed on the Chick resulted in a 12 lber. Good choices to throw right now would be spinnerbaits, jigs, lipless crankbaits, and shallow square billed crankbaits. These are also good on the James, and our other tidal rivers. The tidal rivers are being invaded by Rockfish, which are being caught by Bass and Catfish anglers. Some can be quite large, but must be released, as the season is closed. Things tightened up a bit for the catfishermen this week, as the cold weather caused them to slow down a bit, but this won’t last long. There have been reports of Shad being caught in the lower james a few miles below the city, so things are looking up for a slightly early Shad bite. The Crappie action has been good on the Chick, James, Potomac, and Rappahannock. This has been a great year for Crappie, particularly in the lakes like Kerr and Anna. Shallow stumps, docks, and beaver huts are great places to target. 19+ lbs won a team Bass tournament at Kerr over the weekend, which is a bit down from earlier in the month. Big Bass are biting at Anna also, as Thomas Harris of Beaverdam, recently weighed in an 8 lber. Many fish between 6-8 lbs have been weighed in over the last 2 weeks. Jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, & shakey heads have been boating fish this week. Smaller lakes like Swift Creek Reservoir, Sandy River, and numerous small ponds had been fishing quite well before this cold spell set in. This weekend is forecast to be warmer, so get out and enjoy by going fishing.
- Stan Cobb