July 2022 Fishing Report and Discussion Thread

So, since my last cobia trip I have been slacking. I did manage to sell the GLF and my rod holders. I still have a GLoomis E6X Inshore 7-0 Heavy Fast (rated for 1/4-1oz) spinning rod that I am selling for $140, but it doesn't seem like there is much of a market for it. I am heading to Abingdon next week, but I am hoping to go down and fish a light easterly and try to get a bucktail cobia from one of the OBX piers later in July or in August. In terms of other fishing, it sounds like there is a real good tarpon run going on down on the Florida panhandle piers. Sheepshead are in the Chesapeake around structure. It sounds like the ridiculous tuna bite has slowed down in the OBX, but there are still really strong offshore catches. Puppy drum seems to be the most frequent photo-worthy catch in the surf, although with upwelling I am sure that can be hit or miss.

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Info on OBX upwelling please. These happen in June in CFL regularly. The fishing just shuts down when that happens. Is it the same in the OBX? Thanks

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Yep. At some point a sustained west or southwest win causes it. The air temp can be 100 degrees, and the water may be 58-62 degrees and deader than a bucket of rocks.

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Sounds familiar. Is it a yearly event based in wind trends? In CFL, it is common every year in june.

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Happens often in July in the northern OBX

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Fished every day this past weekend in new spots. First one was super slow. Found them second day tailing in a foot of water and getting to watch them wake the topwater and explode on it was awesome. The class of pups around has been in the upper slot to overslot reds which has been a lot of fun since the trout have been mia for most people. Got a couple more pups the last day.

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ill be fishing the grass flats in the end of August in OBX and i have a question: does grass getting in the hooks deter biting when using top water lures?

Yes, it won't do the walk the dog motion properly and you won't be able to get a good hookset. You do have to fight thru the floating grass at times where switching to weedless hook with a soft plastic would be better or a popping cork. I throw a Rapala Skitter V, Mirrolure she dog, Rapala skitterwalk, Heddon spook jr for topwaters. Also good to have a popping cork with 12 to 24 inches of leader (depending on depth) with 1/8 ounce jighead below to fish above the grass

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Yes. Keep a zman popz and a DOA PT7 in my bag just for this. Less hookups than on my yo Zuri but they can run through anything.

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I like the DOA Airheads rigged weedless (if you can find them). They make a ton of noise if you cut the tails too. There's a few videos out there about them, but they are hard to find sometimes

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Caught a couple smallies downtown Richmond this weekend. Nice to get a bite while mostly just hanging out and enjoying the nice weather we had.

Good to hear. I hope the population is rebounding as it has been dismal.

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Back at the Cape. Got a report of a flat far, far away from my close buddy. We fished it on a very windy bad light day and saw 40 plus in two hours. Luke couldn't get a bite, kept shitting the bed. I landed two. The next day I went with clients. They couldn't fly cast to save their lives, despite them telling me they were very good at fly fishing. The fish were there, I counted over 80 between 20-30." Managed to get each one on a fly and four more on spin gear and they broke off several on braid, somehow. If I had been solo, I swear I would have gotten 40 plus on fly. It was insane how many fish there were. Definitely a flat to be fished all summer long.

4th of July I get another report from the guy that originally fished there... all of the Drum were gone. I couldn't believe it. Why would they leave? Our best guess was they were gill netted, which makes total sense considering the area. Tuesday I rode back to the spot with the GF on board to burn gold spoons while I sight cast with the fly. I was flat out giddy with excitement. 7 mph east wind and sunny. We arrived to the exact spot and in one hour I saw 4. What I caught plenty of was noise from the two gill netters doing donuts across the flat. Never mind that I was there first, these guys were running circles 50 yards off of my bow, not giving a care in the world. Fucking pricks. It is one thing to be an asshole raping the ocean for your own money, its another to be rude as hell on top of it. Shockingly this is not uncommon behavior. They do not give a fuck about anyone else but themselves and I wish the absolute worst for them. I hope someday NC (and VA) gets it's shit together and bans netting altogether but I doubt it will happen with the politics in this state and I doubt it will stop many of the netters regardless. They don't care much about the law.

I couldn't have been more disheartened and despite being a rare banner weather day, I didn't feel like fishing any more. We rode around and explored and I capped off the day by having my Costas slip off of my face, bounce twice in the boat, then bounce out and be swallowed up by the sea. I'm over Costas and going all in on Bajio and Smith. The CDM rubber nose never holds up to daily use. I passed along my info to the marketing woman I know who works there and she agreed they fall apart. I'll follow up with some reviews of the other brands.

On a positive note, it is good to be back, and I'll be down here most of the summer and fall with some short trips back up to RVA. Hopefully the fishing is as good as last summer.

Redfish from the new, awesome for two days, flat....

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Glad you got on some reds. If I'm remembering right they do that to corral the mullet or other fish into their nets. I'd love to see gill nets out as well. I'm not hopeful on it changing anytime soon but who knows.

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Thank you. Yep, they drive in circles to round up mullet, but also reds and specks. It's not changing any time soon. And even if it does, the locals down here brag about not following the conservation / fishing laws. It's insane. They will toss beer cans out the boat, net and kill whatever they want all for a buck. Wild way to treat your back yard.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Screamed at a kid on the James who threw his beer bottle into the river when done the other day right at the ramp near a trash can. Fucking hate glass in the river and can't stand people who so carelessly trash our planet. Gillnetters have messed up the mobiack in the past it's why I tend to always be quick in spots don't want them noticing

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Thank you for doing that. I nearly ripped the head off of a guy on a bachelor party who was throwing beer cans off of the boat I was driving and risking a ticket for at the expense of the group. There's no reason to litter at all. I've thought about not staying in an area long but I can't leave fish to find fish. These netters just run down the entire banks doing the same thing over each flat. It's absurd.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

I went Smith's 5 years ago, and have not looked back. best fit and the lenses really help a lot with glare and sighting.
Well worth the higher cost IMHO. Plus, if you need prescription they do prescription for all of their finishes - go direct for the prescription - way better than buying and taking to a local lab. Plus they really are stellar on warranty - I've had a pair replaced completely free of charge with out any fighting or anything. I also lost one pair to the great blue many years ago, now I religiously wear chums floaters...

I was the biggest coasta fan 10 years ago and every pair I've bought since then has been increasingly more expensive and less quality.
Hard core on the Smith train now

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Glad you got on some fish but major bummer on the nets. Nets ruined at least 2 spots in the bay the past 2 summers that used to be productive.
Rubber deteriorated on my first and only pair of costas. Bought my wife a pair and had to send them back twice within the first year. A buddy of mine has a very old pair and has had them forever without issues so can definitely confirm the drop in quality.
Got a pair of smiths last summer and can't say enough about them. Very light and just feel much higher in quality. I'll never go back.

Have a trip to Delaware Seashore State Park in a few weeks. I usually just surf fish, but I saw there's a head boat that launches from the inlet. Though it might be fun to take the kids out for a half day. Anyone have experience going out on the Judy V or Capt Bob II out of the Indian River Marina?

I have only fished that area twice, both times at Cape Henlopen Pier in the spring when bigger bluefish came through. I have no idea what the headboats target. If it is the same as Ocean City, I would assume they go after tautogs. But I am not sure.

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Heading to Topsail Beach, NC tomorrow for a week. Bringing my surf rod, inshore spinning, and fly rod (9ft, 5wt), and the kayak. The fly rod is probably too light for salt but thought I'd bring it for shits and giggles. I was looking forward to taking the kayak out on the ocean but is it more worthwhile to focus on the intercoastal/sound side? Any tips/advice would be appreciated.

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dunno squat about Topsail but that wt fly rig is fine for trout under dock lights...throw something that looks like a small shrimp or glass minnow

Dont have a kayak, but I've have great luck on the surf at topsail every time I've been there. Caught keeper flounder, pompano, and spot. Usually catch a bunch of blues, rays and small sharks as well.

Only time I didn't catch anything was when there was a tropical storm off the coast. But once it pushed north the bite opened up.

Bring your cast net if you have one. There have always been tons of bait fish around.

All hooks sharpened and ready to hunt Muskies on August 4!

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Beautiful. Where, please.

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Just inside the Ontario border.

Center Island South

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Fished lake Anna last weekend, obviously super early before all the boat traffic. On that note though not as much traffic as usual. I guess gas we'll over $6 a gallon will do that.
Went fishing with my uncle and we got 2 small bass on topwater. Were heading home and found bait literally pushing the water like a wave so we stopped. Got a few hits but didn't hook up. I know there were fish underneath but I don't have good enough electronics to see them.
Then Monday morning went at first light with my wife. I got a striper and wiper on topwater. She hooked onto one but it got off.
We're heading to blackwater creek the weekend of July 23-24. Never fished anywhere in the Mobjack before. Is the creek itself worth fishing? Or do we need to head out to one of the other rivers? Not looking for anyone's spots just general areas.

Third day in a row of tailing tides. There are a few spots in the area that reds will tail. It's not super common in NC, like it is in the Lowcountry. But today, I saw over 40 tailing redfish. Sometimes 3, 4, 5, 6 at a time. They were not easy to catch and really spooky. I got 3 to hand, on fly, and blew legit shots at another 6. Another dozen fish spooked simply at a subtle twitch of the fly. Having the right skiff helps and we are on my buddies 17' Hells Bay. He poled his father and I around all evening. His dad got 3 on a spin rod with a rubber crab sheepshead lure thing.

Friday we saw 15-20 and landed three, two for me on fly. I would have landed numerous on fly if we weren't trading shots between three anglers.

Saturday we saw another 15-20 and I landed two on fly and spooked several more. My buddy got one to eat a gurgler. Today I had one eat a deer hair slider. The sound they make when eating a fly off of the surface is indescribable. It's a toilet flush but short. It's been an epic little stretch here and we still have two more days of it.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Yesterday evening was an insanely high tide. We only saw a dozen or so tailers in location XX. They were spooky. My friend landed one on spin rod, I spooked three straight with well placed casts. A twitch of the fly and they bolted. Finally got one to eat a spoon fly and it broke off, bad knot. I pride myself on my knots holding and this was the first knot to fail this year. It hurt. The last pond we looked had a big fish tailing. It tipped down and slowly moved floating under the surface, which is how many of these fish have been acting. I bombed a very long cast past the fish and slid the fly towards it. New fly I'm working on, which suspends, was immediately inhaled in one of the coolest eats I've seen. Hook set and off to the races, I was so jacked. The fish ran into some thick grass and out came the fly... the fish had straightened the hook. 24 hours later it still hurts. Even the cool eat I had today out on the banks only softened the pain a bit.

Tailing tides are over for the next few weeks. I'm back fishing the banks and occasionally the nearshore. Clients today hammered blues and spanish in the shoals. We got one red on fly on a flat. Great half day trip.

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Sunglasses update: Thanks for the recommendations above. The Smiths (Guide frame) just arrived and I like the looks of them. Will try them later this week. I have a connection through the fly fishing world in the marketing department at Costa. I sent her a message and let her know my thoughts on the pairs falling apart and she next day aired a brand new pair to me. I can't argue with that customer service. The new ones (Blackfin Pro) seem to be of a different design with the rubber built into the frame. Been great the past three days.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Always hurts to lose the big one, I lost one last weekend like that where I reeled in a topwater covered in grass and my reel was screeching from the first couple runs of the overslot. Pretty cool getting on the flood tide bite. Pretty work!

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Thanks man!

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣

Not surprising news at all to read. The new is out of the way enough to have recovered from the 08-09 winter kill but the James never has really recovered as well. Would have liked to have seen an actual plan on how to maybe help find a way to help the small mouth population out considering how bad the last few years have been spawn wise but still not much from DGIF

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I'm going to go ahead and say it... VDGIF is a bunch of hypocrites that don't do much for our waterways. They spend a lot of time worrying about specific invasive species, but not those that they have released, i.e. the Blue Cat. Alabama Bass and brown trout, welp, they have got to let anglers know to get them out of our rivers and brookie streams. Ask them about the Blue Cats and they just shrug and say they are only part of the problem. I wouldn't count on them to do much to help the smallmouth rebound in the New or the James. Apparently, there are some smallmouth being caught in downtown RVA. I even saw 3 landed myself.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

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Having some ties with DOF and DGIF over the years I've been lucky enough to work with a bunch of them and shock some private and public bodies of water and I dont put as much of this on the biologists and guys doing the gritty work. Its on the bureaucratic crap at the top allowing themselves to be bought out and lobbied by big brother ie the menhaden bull shit and their neglect on a weening deer population are prime examples. I cant stand the neglect we see of our natural resources and the blue cats is one of their biggest blunders to date. I love the efforts on the Elk population but they have as many blunders as they do successes.
My gripe with smallmouth management is how bad the James got post the 08-09 winter and their neglect to implement creel limits or any inhibitor to prevent big fish from being harvested to try and help rebuild the population up. Smallmouth age and size slowly after the first few years and are heavily affected by bad spawn years and they seem to just neglect any management chances. Hell the New has even taken a big dip even in the time I've been fishing it and its infuriating to remember how big and king the James was and now its a shell of itself. I dont even bother bass fishing below the fall line anymore due to the catfish.

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Thanks for sharing

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

I cannot remember this much constant wind at the Cape. It is 20-30 mph, every single day. I've been out to the Cape Lookout shoals once in three weeks. I can fish in this wind, but many others can't make the casts. Some very quick reports...

Flats fishing has been good. I'm finding the reds and they are a nice class of fish, but they have been pretty spooky. Lots of other boats on the flats and they clearly don't follow the stealthy approach.

Rumors of lots of big flounder around. Season is all of September this year. I'll probably keep one or two if I get them.

A week ago, there were massive 6-10 pound blues schooled up like I've never seen in a very specific spot. Thousands of them in a ball as tight as menhaden. I caught two on fly and then switched to a hookless plug just for kicks. It was insanity. I hope they are still there.

The wind has been so bad I explored the upper Neuse for freshwater species. Saw more bowfin than I've ever seen in my life. Cannot wait to get back and try them. Several 10 pounders, easily. It is bowfin heaven. The client blew multiple eats, on fly. Took everything in my power to keep it together.

Dock light fishing is good but the owners of the dock lights are being bigger and bigger jerks and will turn off the lights if they see you fishing near their docks. I don't get it. I might have to quit offering that trip option.

Visited the lady friend in DC the last couple of days. Got a Snakehead to crush a Senko in the C&O Canal at Fletcher's. I wanted to take it home and eat it. She was not ok with having a live Snakehead in her trunk...

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Finally, if you do not know how to do CPR, please learn it. You could save a life one day. I had to a few weeks back and there would be a dead 18 year old kid from drowning if I didn't have those skills. Not looking to be called an angel, hero, or anything of the sort. I've known how to do it for 10 years or so and it was right place, right time. I encourage you all to learn how to do it, especially those of us spending a lot of time on or near the water. Even just watch a youtube video.

Hoping for better wind next week but it is looking about the same...

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

I know you can get bowfin around Richmond as well. It's a fish I have been wanting to catch just to say I did and I've heard they are a lot of fun. The snakeheads look super cool and I've always heard people getting em on topwater frogs so pretty cool you got one on a senko.

Indeed you can, I run guide trips for Bowfin on the Mattaponi River and the Chickahominy Reservoir for them. There's good numbers there but nothing like what I saw in the Neuse! The best place to fish for Snakeheads in VA is the upper Rapp.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Me is a bass tourney...get the net I've got big fish of the day on! Never mind it's a bowfin😣

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣

It's all about where you are fishing for them at. Topwater frogs are necessary some of the time because of the thick vegetation you are working thru.

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She was not ok with having a live Snakehead in her trunk...

and yet she let you ride in the cab... : )

[big props on the cpr work]

Bob: What would ya say ya do here?

Brad: I already told you! I iron out the minutiae so Justin doesn't have to. I have people skills dammit! What the hell is wrong with you people?

Thank you!

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

We've been getting blown around a lot this year too. It's really fking annoying. Usually I'm able to have 20-30 solid mornings per summer of calm water to fish before the walkers get in the way. This year it's been 7. I can fish in the wind, but the surf being choppy and nasty makes the snook run away. Even on those calm days, the snook have been super spooky. I was down to 12lb fluoro leader before I caught hooked one on a couple days. Wild.

I never understood why people have such a big problem with others fishing their dock lights. If it's privacy, put blinds or some shit up.

Can't re-emphasize the CPR section enough. Call it cliché, but it's 1000% better to have the skill and not ever need it than to need it and not have it!

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"Look at this... This is just spectacular.... These people are losing their minds"

Last day of July, and I finally got back out on the water. I met up with Fish at sunrise and went dock hopping for trout and pups. The pups were willing... huge numbers of rats with a couple of slot fish mixed in. I managed to pull a 22 incher out of the pilings, while Fish got three between 20-23 inches. I got freight trained a couple of times. Never even turned their heads on my little ML spinner. Tide was the key- once the tide started rising the bite died. At least two dozen pups, one slot for Fish and Mrs. Fish's dinner, and we were back at the ramp by 10AM. I am not sure bait mattered, but 1/4 jig for me tipped with a gulp shrimp. Fish was the same set up with a swimming mullet and/or a paddle tail.

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Great to hear. Seems there are hardly any rock in the Bay but plenty of Reds.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

One of my cohorts fished the Piankatank yesterday targeting trout, and while he got a couple, he said he got way more rockfish than trout, with the biggest being 25 inches. All on paddletails.

Another buddy (who wasn't so eager to share locations) got onto a good topwater bite on trout on the 30th. He got 20 with the biggest being 26 inches (using some king of pink with a silver belly plug.) I think he launches out of the Corromotan but I would'nt swear to it. He fishes pretty regularly and has said several times that there are no crabs or shrimp this year. Two years ago, you could net free swiming crabs while cobia fishing and get a nice bushel. I haven't been on the water enough to know how bad it really is, but at least the pups are doing well.

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Glad you got out with Fish and had a good day! Interesting on all the rats, most of the pups I've caught this summer have been 23+" but probably the different with fishing flats vs docks. I don't get the same numbers as dock fishing.

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Report is long overdue but had a busy week. We stayed in a house last weekend just off the North River. I emailed Fish before heading down and he was very generous with tactics and up to date reports. We headed down Friday morning. Within a few minutes of fishing I caught two keeper redfish under the dock. Not much after that. Saturday morning was glass calm and we caught 2 keeper reds and 2 overslots and a medium trout all on topwater. Then Sunday was much rougher and I got a single trout (21" which is my biggest to date) on topwater and that was it. It was too hot to fish much during the day. But it was fun exploring new water. I'd never been to the Mobjack before and definitely want to head back soon.

Heck of a report. We found a few nice fish today and lots and lots of babies "east" of where you were. Plus, saw one tailing in thin water next to a dock. That was a first, but didn't have a top water or fly to throw at it, and just grassed up the jig

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Nice work! I didn't include the 2 dinks my brother-in-law caught off the dock but we didn't see anything in size between those and 21". Did y'all get any trout? Tailing red....very jealous.

Fish got one teeny tiny speckled trout. It was maybe 4 inchs long and about as big around as a Valleydale honee weenie. I have never seen one that small. Otherwise, it was all pups with a sand perch or croaker occasionally mixed in. Granted, in my experience trout don't hold close to the pilings and like faster moving jigs. We were not worried about getting trout. We wanted pups.

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Stellar lites are solid rods for jigging light jigheads and soft plastics. Had one for a couple years.

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Headed to Lake Anna in 2 weeks, and will have some teens that would get a kick out of a guided fishing trip. Any suggestions? Stripers worth it? Going to be like 5 of us most likely.

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There won't be much meat on them this year but they're all schooled up and can still be caught in big numbers. Plus you can keep 4 each. It depends what your goal is: catch a limit and then head in for the day? Or still likely catch lots of fish (likely even your limit) but have a more relaxing day.
If you're ok with the drill sergeant type of guide and want to catch a ton of fish go with Jim Hemby. I've had multiple run-ins while out fishing that were unpleasant. But he catches fish like no one else. It's unreal. You won't have a bad time, it'll just be stressful. Since all the kids are older it should be fine. But if you miss a fish and it's your fault, it's no bueno. You'll catch your limit though.
If you want a more relaxing experience and still catch some fish then go with anyone else. And if you're trying to get the teens into fishing then I'd probably go with someone else. The late guide who taught me how to catch stripers on the lake was the polar opposite of the drill sergeant type. He was very knowledgeable and open to sharing his info. And patient with kids. He really helped me get into fishing.
Most guides are strictly live bait especially this time of year but McCotter does strictly artificial (I think) and he's a very nice guy. I know Hemby has a team of guides but can't speak for any of them. Although I know they all catch lots of fish and routinely limit out. I'm also not sure how much Hemby himself actually guides now. He has a blog you can check out.
Also not sure if you have a boat or anything but I can try to point you in the right direction if you want to try any fishing yourself.

Since posting the first one, the wife decided she wants to go out on a pontoon. Don't think we've got 2 trips in us, so it may just be a simple lazy day on a pontoon with all of us.....so that means fishing ourselves for whatever. Not sure stipers will be in the cards then, put tossing out some lines for crappie and bass should be fun.

We are staying on the warm side, but would be renting on the cool side for the day.

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The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Never been to Lake Anna. TIL it has two sides completely separate from one another.

TIL it has two sides completely separate from one another.

Hot (Private) side flows into the cold (public) side. Dike 1 2 and 3 on the lower end of the lake. You cannot travel by boat between the two. Bass will be at about 1000' deep!

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣

I'd suggest wade fishing on the South Anna River

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

Multi spot redfish tournament this weekend. We've had a month straight of rain transition into hell's front porch hot. Conditions are sure to be miserable, bath tub water temps, and likely to be bait fishing all day.

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Good luck. I'm in the Sarah Fulcher 4 hour drum tourney on Saturday out of Cedar Island. Last year's 42" fish won $61,000.

You will see this game, this upset and this sign next on ESPN Sportscenter. Virginia Tech 31 Miami 7

His decision was made after a phone call with longtime Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster. All Foster told him was, "We win. They don't."

damn ours is by weight in slot but the reds have to have more than 2 spots (to limit people just killing the shit out of reds). Trout and flounder have no limitations though flounder usually goes to a guy who runs offshore (I think it was 32" last year).

We got 5th with a 20in red last year....first fish we caught was 1/4" over slot with the correct amount of spots

(add if applicable) /s

Head to lake of the woods in Ontario tomorrow. Highs of 80 and no humidity!

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣