- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2002

Not to worry, fishing reports of one type or another will be a regular feature in the Thursday editions of The Washington Times throughout the colder months. However, as boat rentals and boating access to various area lakes begin to shut down, the lengthy report below will be the last of its type for the 2002 fishing season. Starting next week there will be a column-style fishing report every Thursday that focuses on the various kinds of angling action, near or far. The more detailed report resumes in early spring.

Meanwhile, you could be in worse places than the Chesapeake Bay this weekend. For example, from Virginia's Northern Neck, charter boat captain Billy Pipkin says, "Find the feathers and you will find fish." That's Pipkin's way of saying if you find dive-bombing seagulls, you'll also find the fish. Mixed schools of stripers, bluefish and sea trout are found over vast areas of the Chesapeake, from as far up as Kent Island and the Chester River to as far down as the lower Potomac and Rappahannock rivers. Surface eruptions by feeding fish are commonplace now. Cash in on it and remember that the bluefish are beginning to head out now that the water temperatures are falling. Not so with the sea trout and the rockfish. They'll tickle our fancy into December.

The Washington area's bass fanatics can do well in the tidal creeks and main stem of the Potomac River. Plastic worms in a variety of shades and crawdad-color crankbaits will be looked at in sunken wood, while our beloved avocado color Mann's Sting Ray grub is beginning to produce results along sharply falling marsh banks.

Life is good.

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