Monday, Jan 21st Fishing Report

Discussion in 'VIRGINIA RIVERS TALK' started by JPritch, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. JPritch

    JPritch New Member

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    Kinda late on the report, but I took my boat to the mighty James Monday for a last minute trip. I hadn't fished in nearly a month, so it was time to go. I only fished around 5 hours, but it was a great day to fish. Bait was really easy in Deep Bottom, 10 minute set of the gill net and I had enough bait for the day.

    Decided to hit some holes around the 295 bridge. I wanted to set up on a wing dam on the south bank but before I could I noticed there were alot of blue herons and a ton of seagulls working the north bank, which incidentaly was the bank that the sun was shining on. So I went over there and set up. 2 minutes after getting my bait in the water, my rod goes down nice, and what do you know, my first ever flathead! 7.5 lbs! lol I've been wanting to catch one for a while, but didn't think it would be on the tidal James in mid-winter. I can now check that off my list.

    Started pulling alot of dinks so I moved upriver some on the same bank and found a nice hump/boulder sitting on the bottom of 20 ft of water with a big arch sitting behind it, and a ton of fish on the channel edge adjacent to it in 30 ft of water. The rod I threw to the boulder brought in a 32.5 lb - 40" blue. It was a great fight and it was nice to feel some solid tuggage again! As soon as I netted him, another pole slammed down. This fish went 18. Now the 32 was still in the net so I had to hand grab the 18 in the mouth. I've done this before without any problems, but this fish was still kicking hard and tore the hell out of my hand and made me bleed a bit.

    I noticed the 32 had a bass lure hanging halfway out of his "business end". The lure apparently managed to make it's way through the fish's digestive tract but got hung up on the home stretch. I managed to get the lure out. I laugh because somewhere there is a bass fisherman telling a grand story to his friends and family about the likely world record bass that broke off his line on the James!:smile2:

    I moved to one other spot and boated a 20 and 10, then called it quits for the day. 11 fish total and biggest at 32. It was just myself out there for the longest time, and only saw 3 other boats all day. That 32 tasted really good, it had a nice flakely meat. Just kidding ya'll, CPR! Definitely got the bug again, so I'm gonna try to get back out there Sunday and maybe Monday.
     

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  2. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

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    Nice cats you got there, looks like you had fun with those bigguns.
    Thanks for sharing the pics brother.

    :wink::big_smile:
     

  3. mbandjb

    mbandjb New Member

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    Hey Josh,,,,Good job,,nice pictures and fish:big_smile:

    mikeb
     
  4. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    nice fish but wheres the flathead.
     
  5. JPritch

    JPritch New Member

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    Right here........
     

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  6. Paraguayguy

    Paraguayguy New Member

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    I need to get out the book on my camera and figure out how to take a picture on a timer. Lets just say I am technically challanged.:smile2:
     
  7. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Congratulations on a fun day of fishing, thanks for the report and pics. One of these days i'd like to fish the James.
     
  8. Powhatan

    Powhatan New Member

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    Thanks for the great report! Nice pics too. In the last few weeks I've caught 2 flatties around 15# each in that same stretch.. one on the south bank and one on the north.
     
  9. justlearning

    justlearning New Member

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    Hey Kenneth...great pics just as they are....man don't mess them up by getting in on the fun....lol.....hey man just messing with ya.....

    Jerry
     
  10. justlearning

    justlearning New Member

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    Great report Josh....and congrats....think you should have ate the flattie....lol....later....Jerry
     
  11. justlearning

    justlearning New Member

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    BTW Alan (blacksheep) is on his way... should be at my house by 3.....and in Hopewell by 6 PM. He wants to wait till morning to get bait...heck I think we should fish all night...lol

    Jerry
     
  12. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    Some nice fish you caught, way to go.
     
  13. JPritch

    JPritch New Member

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    Hey Jerry, great minds think alike. Now you just gotta figure out to convince him. Best of luck to you guys, and save some fish for me.
     
  14. jwfish

    jwfish New Member

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    Great job josh them are some good pic to for being by your self.Three more weeks and I will be seeing you guys down there,can't wait.
     
  15. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    Oustanding fishing report, Joshua! I would have liked to see a picture of that lure before extraction! :eek:oooh:
     
  16. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    nice bunch of fish congrats !!!
     
  17. caveman

    caveman New Member

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    sounds like 5 hrs well spent!

    nice fish....


    vaughn
     
  18. wbtfish

    wbtfish New Member

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    Nice fish! I have caught several flatheads right through there, almost makes me want to fish specifically for them sometimes. Biggest one I've pulled out of there was 24 lbs, winter time too. I haven't been in a few weeks, gotta scratch that itch soon!
     
  19. reddcat

    reddcat New Member

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    Good job josh, I think it was pretty cold on monday night
     
  20. Reel_Blues

    Reel_Blues New Member

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    Nice cats josh looks like you had a pretty good day.