Virginia Fishing Reports – January 2009
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 archived reports back to 2006 for those wishing to track or review trends.
Click here for Fishing Report Archives Click HERE for Freshwater Fishing Report
Northern Neck Charter Boat Directory
Virginia Saltwater Fishing Reports
By Captain Rick Lockart
Happy New Year! The New Year means a new license for some of us. Make certain that yours is current.
January has always been a month for the die-hard fisherman, both fresh and salt water. Even with the milder winters that we have been experiencing, January can be down right chilly. However, with the return of the large striped bass, more and more recreational and charter fishermen have deferred from winterizing their boats. With heated cabins and numerous fish found just outside of the Chesapeake Bay, many individuals that previously viewed January as a month to watch TV, attend fishing seminars, or prepare for the up-coming fishing season and are taking advantage of the opportunity to catch a trophy fish. Indeed, for the past several years, anglers have established new state records, and the prospect for early 2009 appears to be good.
Several charter boaters and recreational fishermen are using this as a back-up to the striped bass fishing. If the bass moves offshore or south, the Virginia boats can head offshore for some excellent deep-drop fishing. Dependent upon water temperature in the Gulf Stream, there still exists the opportunity to catch a tuna, either bluefin or yellowfin.
|For those who seek species other than stripers, the possibility of large flounder, tautog, black sea bass, and spotted trout may still exist, depending upon the severity of the winter weather. The discovery of tilefish and snowy grouper far offshore has opened up a new fishery.
For those looking to fish out of Rudee Inlet, Lynnhaven Inlet, or Little Creek, check the Virginia Charter Boat Association website sidebar for the Lower Peninsula or Tidewater. Many of the Northern Neck charter boaters, such as Capt Ryan Rogers, and Middle Peninsula charter boaters have moved their boats south for the next several months. Their ads can be found with the magazine. For those days that are too rough to fish, check the magazine for the numerous fishing seminars that can be found within the states of Virginia and Maryland.
Finally, don’t forget that the state record striped bass is a mere 68 lbs. Mere in the sense that a fish caught many years ago in North Carolina weighed in at 125 lbs. I’ll bet fish were hooked and lost last year bigger than 68 lbs, and I won’t be the least bit surprised to hear of a larger fish being caught this month. I’ll also bet that the angler that set the record last year will be out there attempting to best his record this year. Best of luck to all of you die-hard fishermen!