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Virginia Fishing Reports Ė November 2008

The lastest Northern Neck Chesapeake Bay Saltwater Fishing news and advice from Capt Rick Lockart plus Missy Fike's Freshwater Fishing Report for the Neck and Northern Virginia.  Also available are the archieved reports back to 2006 for those wishing to track or review trends.


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Virginia Saltwater Fishing Reports

By Captain Rick Lockart 

November's Forecast

While Octoberís forecast centered on water temperature, Novemberís centers on approaching cold fronts. November is a month that can be either productive or not so productive. Certainly water temperature is going to be down which eliminates many species except in an around the ocean ports. Even then, the number of species will be down. Primarily we are looking for a promising month for striped bass, tautog, sea bass, tilefish, bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, spotted trout, and bluefish. Water temperature, as of the middle of October, is holding, and many fishermen are reporting some excellent catches of fish not normally caught this late in the year. However, with the possibility of two cold fronts a week from now through March, expect things to change, and be pleased if they donít.

Eastern Shore
Capt. Mike Handforth (757-336-6861)
is hopeful that the water remains warm for at least a part of the month. Normally it does not. Should it, flounder within the sound is a possibility. Mike is certain that striper fishing will be their mainstay, though snapper blues are a likelihood and a blitz of larger blues a real possibility. Offshore, everyone is anticipating the return of the tuna. Bluefish have been the only species of consistency and should continue into November.

Capt. Max King (757-650-3176)
will fish for tuna off shore and striped bass inshore. Max says that he will be live lining with eels. He says things were so good last year that he plans to keep fishing until he runs out of eels. Capt. Capt. Kenny George (757-548-6991) plans to fish for stripers and tautog. Capt. Ron Bennett (757-681-4744) will also be fishing for stripers and tautog. Capt. Nolan Agner (757-200-0200) will offer both offshore and inshore trips.

Off shore Nolan will be primarily catching tuna. Inshore, he will target striped bass and bluefish. Capt. Steve Wray (757-481-7517) will be fishing for tuna offshore as well. Inshore, he will be taking his clients wreck fishing for flounder, tautog, sea bass, and striped bass. Capt. Rob Wilhoite (804-399-3587) will be fishing the wrecks off Virginia Beach for flounder and sea bass. Capt. Joe Ferrera (757-572-9236) will be fishing for tuna offshore and stripers inshore.

Lower Peninsula
Capt. Chandler Hogg (757-876-1590) fishes for tautog, bluefish, and striped bass. Capt. Bill Mershon (757-229-2878) plans to troll for striped bass with up to six customers. Capt. Jerry Olson (757-288-1081) will be fishing for striped bass and tautog, while Capt. William Seymour (804-387-8848) will be fishing for stripers and sea bass.

Middle Peninsula
Capt. Keith Miller (757-220-3540)
fishes his 40ísportfisherman out of Gwynnís Island. He plans to be trolling between the Hole-in-the-Wall and Cape Charles for stripers. Capt. Michael Quade (804-694-9052) will also be fishing strictly for stripers. He will be trolling and live-lining with eels. Capt. Bill Bailey (804-776-0255) plans to fish for stripers, with the hope that some gray trout will still be around. Capt. Percy Blackburn (804-240-6756) plans to troll for stripers, while Capts. Carlisle Bannister (804-353-2143) and Don Bannister (804-776-0629) plan to cast, jig, live-line, and troll for stripers around structure this month. Both will be awaiting the larger ocean dwelling fish that should arrive close to Thanksgiving.

Northern Neck
Capts. Bob Reed (804-435-9785), Jim Deibler (804-580-7744), Joe Shelton (804-580-9800), Ferrell McLain (888-229-3474),
and Jr. Fisher (804-580-4342) will be chumming, live-lining, and trolling for striped bass and the occasional bluefish. They will be jigging for gray trout, also, should there be fish coming down from Maryland.

Capts. Ryan Rogers (804-453-5812), Danny Crabbe (804-453-3251), Jeff Gurr (540-825-2804), and Leroy Carr (804-453-4040) will begin to troll for the larger fish that may invade Maryland waters somewhat earlier in search for the schooled menhaden. A reminder of the Casey Neal Rogers Memorial Tournament slated for November 15. Details can be found within the Chesapeake Angler magazine.

November. Letís hope the cold fronts allow us to fish. Donít hesitate to call any of the aforementioned captains to find out how the fishing is progressing. Believe me, they will be out there and in the know.

Virginia Freshwater Fishing Report
By Missy Fike  

November should prove to be a good fishing month as the water temps cool. The weather plays an important part in it. When the water temperatures drop it causes the fish to come up from the deeper holes and begin feeding to fatten up for the winter. Iíve always enjoyed catching fish in the fall in cold water. The meat on the fish seems firmer and they have a cleaner taste.


Lake Orange, Lake Curtis, Lake Phelps, Motts Run and Hunting Run the fish should be hitting well. Crappie will be deep around structures. Walleye generally hit well trolling jigs. They also hit well on nightcrawlers and cranks. If the temperatures start dropping then as the month progresses the fishing should continue to improve.


The upper Rappahannock River fish the deep holes during morning for smallmouth and redeye. Use redwigglers for redeye and small minnows for the smallmouth.


Taylorís Grocery (540-659-2347) reports that the crappie will be biting well on minnows. The bass will be hitting well on minnows and artificial baits. The larger catfish will liven up and bite on cut bait.


Riverside Camp Grounds (804-966-5536) reports that the bigger catfish will be turned on and continue biting through the month on cut bait. Crappie should continue biting through the month using small minnows and small jigs fishing around the piers and brush piles. The bass should be schooled up and will be biting well through December. Stripers will continue biting through the end of the year. Anglers should be successful fishing with small grub heads with bucktails, and blade baits. Let them drop right to the bottom then jig them up about 3 Ė 4 feet.


Colemanís Outdoor (434-286-2547) on the James reports November is a good month for smallmouth fishing and they hit well on pumpkin seed grubs and crankbaits. The crappie turned on and should continue hitting and a good way to catch this is by a canoe or raft floating the river working the holes. They bite well on small minnows or crappie jigs.


Surfside Bait and Tackle (804-730-2238) on the James states that the larger catfish will start picking up as the water temperatures drop. Eels and fresh shad work great for them. The stripers should be hitting well on the lower parts of the James River on Rebel crankbaits, deep diving cranks, rattletraps or any type of big top water baits. They also like large minnows and extra large minnows. Smallmouth will work their way farther down the river and it is good to use small crankbaits or rooster tail spinners baits. Anglers in the area will be successful catching largemouth bass in the ponds.


Walter from Little Creek Reservoir reported that as the days become shorter and the water temperatures drops, the fish bite should remain steady as long as the temperatures donít make a sharp drop. The fish are following the baitfish into the coves. Top water baits, Poppers, buzz baits and walking baits have been great lures to fish over grass beds. Plastic worms, crack baits and swim baits should bring in largemouth bass and chain pickerel. Striper anglers should have success using live herring off the points in about twenty feet of water.


Buggs Island Bait and Tackle (434-374-8934) reports that largemouth bass will be hitting well on topwater lures like Pop-R. Crappie and small mouth fishing will be excellent. Anglers should fish the brush piles using topwater lures and jigs. The smallmouth hit well on the 2Ē curly tail jigs and small bucktails. White bass and perch will be hitting off the main lake points. Striper will most likely move to the upper end of the lake and bite Redfins and Bucktails really well. The flathead catfish move to the upper end of the lake and blue catfish are all over the lake.

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