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Old 01-05-2020, 09:26 PM
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Default 2020 Northern Neck Fishing Thread

Sun has set on 2019.

Time for the 2020 thread!



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09-01-2020, 01:24 PM
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Finally got into the Spanish Macks! It was a fun day until the wind & waves picked up. The Mrs was trying to help out with the navigation but the waves & rocking motion was just too much for her. So we had to call it quick when that happened. But before then it was non-stop circles & criss crosses off of Point Lookout in about 23 - 36 feet of water. A number of boats were there as well & trying to troll 4 rods, in choppy water & not crossing others lines was a challenge. Red & Green Clark & Drone spoons were the ticket. They hit in all depths too .... planers #1 & #2, 4 oz inline weight, & even the Bird way, way back twice. Then when the birds started diving, trolling thru the edges & even thru the middle of them resulted in schoolie Rock & Blues (sorry no pics of those, they were released to grow up). I thought I was trolling fast enough to avoid the Blues & especially the Rockfish, but I've learned to not be surprised on the water anymore. It was a real fun afternoon!

Great sight to see on the water!

Love catching these beauties!

These 3 must be Triplets!

Such beautiful colors on these bad boys when they come on board!

We did end up with 7 Spanish, ended up with a number of bags for the freezer, as well as dinner that night. Plus crabs from the pots off the dock. It was a fabulous day on the water!


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Thanks for starting this, I enjoyed last year's thread.

Couldn't pass up 60 degrees on Saturday so I hauled the little boat down to the NN to fish some backwaters for trout and stripers. Action wasn't fast but I released a few of each. A mirrodine 17MR was the hot lure.





A month ago I was breaking ice to fish, this time I saw water temps as high as 54. I like it!
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:25 AM
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You must have been out early, cause the wind started rippin late that afternoon & into the evening. There was some serious whitecaps Sunday morning when I woke up. I didn't have enough water in the creek to get out. Not even enough to get the boat off the lift.
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I was out from 830am-415pm on Saturday. It was drizzling most of the morning but there was hardly any wind at all.
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Is there a boat ramp on, or real near to, the Corrotoman? I see there's Yankee Point Marina, but they charge... Looking for something public/free.

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The ramp at Yankee Point Marina is closed. The closest one I can think of would be maybe the gravel ramp at Irvington, and that is a couple miles from the Corrotoman and has a fee.
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Originally Posted by BTL View Post
Thanks for starting this, I enjoyed last year's thread.

Couldn't pass up 60 degrees on Saturday so I hauled the little boat down to the NN to fish some backwaters for trout and stripers. Action wasn't fast but I released a few of each. A mirrodine 17MR was the hot lure.





A month ago I was breaking ice to fish, this time I saw water temps as high as 54. I like it!
Nice work. If you don't mind me asking, what general area were you fishing? Were you in the rapp or north, in the fleets bay area. Not looking for exact spots just curious where you're finding the specks. Thanks!
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The ramp at Yankee Point Marina is closed. The closest one I can think of would be maybe the gravel ramp at Irvington, and that is a couple miles from the Corrotoman and has a fee.
BTL,
Thanks! Any idea how Mill Creek is?
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Originally Posted by Dun View Post
BTL,
Thanks! Any idea how Mill Creek is?
Also closed.
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Hid from the wind inside a small creek yesterday. It was really slow. Few white perch and one striper. So warm out it felt like Spring.




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Played hooky today to do some striper and trout fishing in this beautiful February weather. Got a few of each. Everything on Mirrodines and swimming flukes. Water temps are in the 50s up in the creeks.


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Glad to see somebody is out enjoying this BTL! Nice work sir.
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Nice work! Some good looking fish there. I need to get down one weekend. What creeks were you in? Not specifically of course, not to give away your honey hole. But ......
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BTL ....YOU are a machine! How deep were you fishing?
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I can't get too specific for the sake of the fishery, the specks are really vulnerable this time of year since they don't move around much.

I will say they're in more places than people realize, usually in rivers, or creeks off of rivers. Find a creek or small river with mud bottom and bait, even better if there is some freshwater flowing in. Dark/tannic water also seems to be helpful, and the fishing is always better after a couple days of warm weather. The fish will often be all the way in the back. Most of what I caught was in less than 4' of water.

Bite has been off this winter, I don't know if there are less fish or they're more finicky, or maybe I just haven't found the honeyhole yet. If I lived closer to the bay I'd try every tributary on the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula lol.
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Originally Posted by BTL View Post
I can't get too specific for the sake of the fishery, the specks are really vulnerable this time of year since they don't move around much.

I will say they're in more places than people realize, usually in rivers, or creeks off of rivers. Find a creek or small river with mud bottom and bait, even better if there is some freshwater flowing in. Dark/tannic water also seems to be helpful, and the fishing is always better after a couple days of warm weather. The fish will often be all the way in the back. Most of what I caught was in less than 4' of water.

Bite has been off this winter, I don't know if there are less fish or they're more finicky, or maybe I just haven't found the honeyhole yet. If I lived closer to the bay I'd try every tributary on the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula lol.
Thanks Man....pretty work!
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Had quite the scare... thought I'd be taking my talents to DC this summer... took one look at the Potomac in Alexandria and was pretty underwhelmed.

Making moves, will be right back down at the rivah this (and every foreseeable) summer.

Now it needs to warm up so we can all start workin this thread again!
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Same story. A few trout, a few stripers. Caught a blue cat too, those things are everywhere. Morning was cooold, there was even a little skim ice on the surface in some spots. Bite should be picking up soon.





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BTL nice work!
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No ice this morning, was there?

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Same story. A few trout, a few stripers. Caught a blue cat too, those things are everywhere. Morning was cooold, there was even a little skim ice on the surface in some spots. Bite should be picking up soon.


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