Fishing pretty steady in local waters
Fishing this past week has been pretty steady, according to reports from local anglers and bait and tackle shops.
Jerry Thrash of Queens Creek Outfitters, Cobbs Creek, reported flounder fishing in the Buoy 42 and Cell areas continues to produce fair numbers with a keeper ratio of about one to three. “It seems to be feast or famine as they turn on one day and disappear tomorrow,” he said.
Small spadefish have been caught at Wolf Trap and at the Cell, but no citations have been seen yet, Thrash said.
Meanwhile, croaker fishing in the Rappahannock and Piankatank rivers remains hot, according to Thrash. “Spot ¾-pound are being caught in the Piankatank and in the surrounding creeks,” he added.
“Blues are busting schools of menhaden in the creeks and in open waters,” he said. “Spanish mackerel should make a showing soon.”
Finally, Thrash said cobias are now available around New Point Light and on York Spit.
Chuck Ashe of York River Feed and Fishing Supplies, Gloucester Point, reported general fishing hasn’t been all that bad. “There are still croakers in the (York) River,” he said. He heard that up the river, a couple miles from West Point, anglers were catching nice sized croakers.
Thrash reported the following citations: Joe Sibley of Gloucester, with a 5-pound, 10-ounce speckled trout; Donald Smith of Gloucester, with a 24-inch speckled trout release; Tony Hudgins of North, with a 5-pound, 4-ounce speckled trout and Michael Hanhart of Huddleston and Winter Harbor, with a 46-inch red drum release.
“There seem to be quite a few flounder,” Ashe added. “However, keepers are still scarce. Cobias are so-so.”
Ashe reported the following citations: Phillip Haywood Jr. of Hayes, with a 57-pound cobia and Jim Leiffer of Hayes, with a 9-pound, 13-ounce flounder.
Deanna Murphy, manager of Nuttall’s Store, Ware Neck, reported that Tyler Finney of Ware Neck, caught his first citation fish recently, a 5-pound, 9-ounce speckled trout.