Virginia Fishing Reports – February 2009
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By Captain Rick Lockart
Right now Virginia is entering some temperatures that we haven’t seen in several years. What effect this will have on February’s fishing is anyone’s guess. I know that I have no strong desire to be on the heavy water of the Bay or the ocean when temperatures are below freezing.
I feel that the fish take the same attitude, heading offshore or farther south, particularly the large striped bass that we have become accustomed to catch during this month. Should the weather break, the stripers may make their way back inside the three mile limit, or work their way back across the North Carolina border. That is something that no one can predict.
For striped bass fishing during this month, rely on the hardy that refuse to become couch potatoes, and are willing to share their finding on such sites as the Chesapeake Angler Magazine message board, Tidalfish or the local newspapers.
The cold temperatures will have little or no effect on the deep water fish. Several charter captains and recreational fishermen will take advantage of good weather windows to sneak offshore to fish for the tilefish, grouper, and black sea bass.
A Little Ice on the Windscreen
One of the hardy that refuse to become a couch potato
If interested, give Capt. Steve Wray (757-481-7517), Capt. Jim Brincefield (252-336-4296), Capt Ryan Rogers (804-453-1258) or Capt. Chandler Hogg (757-876-1590) a call.
Most of us will take advantage of February’s cold to tend to our tackle, to travel to warmer climes, to attend fishing seminars, or watch fishing shows on TV. All of us will dream of warmer times to come and/or about the season that just ended.
[Pictures courtsey of Capt Ryan Rogers and the Midnightsun Fishing Charter]