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Courtesy of Julie Ball
Julie Ball caught this big tautog during a recent trip to a wreck off the Virginia Beach coast.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The arrival of summerlike temperatures has gotten anglers in a tizzy over the past couple of days.
After the long winter and the cold start to spring, you couldn't blame fishermen for being eager to get out there.
But here's the thing. The fishing hasn't really been that good. Just as the sudden arrival of a cold front will shut fishing down, the sudden arrival of a heat wave can foul things up, too.
Fish are like people. They like consistency. The approach of a major weather change can trigger action, but once the change hits things can slow down.
We're due for more changes, with another shot of cooler weather due to hit over the next couple of days.
Eventually things will settle down and the fishing will become more consistent. Until then we'll have to do our best to react to the changes, just like the fish are.
Jerkbaits and Alabama rigs continue to be the approaches of choice for most bass anglers on the region's large reservoirs.
While surface temps shot up a bunch, that hasn't translated to great fishing.
Trout fishing has been pretty good at Lake Moomaw. According to the Outdoor Report from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (www.huntfishva.com), angler Bill Uzzell boated a 12-pound, 12-ounce brown trout at the lake last week. The fish is the largest certified brown from the lake, topping a 12-pound, 8-ounce fish boated last year by Billy Brads.
Snow runoff late last week cooled off smallmouth action on the New and James rivers, reports Britt Stoudenmire of the New River Outdoor Company (www.canoethenew.com).
As river levels dropped and temperatures rose the action picked back up. Monday produced several smallmouth in the 18- to 19-inch range, Stoudenmire reported.
Jigs have been a key presentation.
Trout stocking trucks have been busy this week. Visit www.huntfishva.com and navigate to the "Fish Stocking" section for a daily report of waters that were stocked. The report is updated at 4 p.m. on weekdays. A stocking report is also available at 434-525-3474.
Julie Ball (www.drjball.com) reported that a recent trip off the Virginia Beach coast produced excellent action for big tautog. The group of four had several citation-sized 'togs while fishing with live bait around wrecks.
Flounder fishing remains slow on the Eastern Shore but should improve as water temps rise.
Weather JournalRain is here; no snow