, 2015

The Fishing Line

By Capt. Billy Pipkin

Catches again offered diversity this week. With the water temperature in the bay now at 78 degrees, conditions are good for prime fishing.

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Cobia provided excitement. We have had good action both off Windmill Point, the Great Wicomico River, Tangier Sound and around area wrecks and other structure. There is a 37-inch minimum size limit with a creel of one per person each day. They are a good fighting fish that finish well on the dinner table.  

Trolling action continues to improve with a mix of taylor size bluefish and Spanish mackerel. There’s been a wide range of locations holding fish. We’ve been finding them from the cut channel up to the S.W. Middle Grounds.

Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to catch these fish as they tend to feed heavier and be higher in the water table during those periods. These fish are usually feeding below the surface. In-line sinkers or planers are necessary to take your lures to the proper depth. Most of our mackerel have been caught at speeds exceeding 5 knots while the bluefish prefer a lure speed from 4 to 5 knots.

Flounder fishing was fair last week with sizes ranging from just under the 16-inch minimum to over 19 inches in length at The Cell, the mouths of the Rappahannock River and other creeks and rivers as well as near Smith Point channel. Expect a mix of croakers, spot, whiting and other fish while flounder fishing. It always provides a diverse catch.

Bottom fishing remains good in the rivers and creeks. Spot are still running larger than normal for this time of year and croaker are becoming more available with sizes improving slightly. The largest croaker that we’ve landed have come in bay waters along the channel edges.

Until next week, fair winds.

Capt. Billy Pipkin owns and operates Captain Billy’s Charters and Ingram Bay Marina at the mouth of the Great Wicomico River in Wicomico Church. 580-7292 captbillyscharters.com.

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