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Fishing in the Northern Neck with Bruce Callis

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10:05 am

Did you get out this past weekend or one evening and do any fishing? Seems like the rain messed up a lot of our fishing plans. I had the opportunity to make a short stop Thursday morning and caught two nice bass on a black and blue jig. Saturday morning I went up to Port Royal for the Free Kids Fishing Day. The rain held off and we had a beautiful morning. The wind was blowing, keeping the heat at bay as the kids gathered. After the opening ceremony, they broke up into groups and went to 4 different stations to learn about fish identification, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, about eagles at the eagle nest from the Rappahannock River Valley Wildlife Refuge and about fishing from the pier that day. They were then given their rods and worms and out on the pier they went to have some fun. The first fish caught that day was a catfish, but it wasn’t the last. What an amazing day! I can’t wait for next year already. Sunday morning after setting up the coffee pot at church, I slipped over to a local pond for an early morning stop. After throwing what I wanted, I wanted a topwater strike so bad, I flipped my jig once again into the lily pads and landed a nice bass. That is the secret to fishing, finding what they want to bite that day.

The bass are making their way to their summer haunts, escaping into their safe zone. Early morning and late evening are perfect opportunities to throw topwater lures into the shallows and into the lily pads. Buzzbaits, frogs, poppers, and walking baits are great choices. Soft plastics, such as creature baits and worms, and jigs worked up shallow and down the bank. Work them through the grass beds as bass hide in them. Shallow running crankbaits can be worked on the banks early and late, but during the heat of the day, deeper diving crankbaits worked along the deeper drops and around the dam can land some big bass.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 6//19/19

Port Royal’s Free Kids Fishing Day was a fun day for kids of all ages.