NOVA Night fishing

Discussion in 'LOCAL VIRGINIA TALK' started by music4cash, Jan 13, 2018 at 10:27 AM.

  1. music4cash

    music4cash Member

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    I got a chance to take my nephew fishing a couple days ago when we had that little warm up. We had a great day catching carp on four mile run. He mentioned that he wants to try night fishing for cats. He's 9 and my sister won't let me take him on a boat. She's worried because he can't swim. So does anyone know a decent place to night fish from the bank? I usually fish the occoquan reservoir but all the access points I know close at sunset.
     
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  2. Khh27

    Khh27 Well-Known Member

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    Winter is good in the day around here so start with that.
     

  3. music4cash

    music4cash Member

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    Year round I pretty much only fish during the day. Mostly because I don't know any good bank spots I can get to at night. My main goal in finding a spot we can fish at night is to have a good time with my nephew. We won't go until it gets warm, I have no desire to sit up all night in the cold...I think you are allowed to night fish at Burke lake if you park in the fishing access lot. Does anyone know if this is true?
     
  4. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Jeff,
    Not to tell you and your sister how to raise him but I wouldn't be taking him fishing, I'd be taking him to the pool and teaching him to swim in time for the warm weather.
    J.M.H.O.
    ...W
     
  5. MattTheFlatCatKid

    MattTheFlatCatKid Active Member

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    I'm gonna echo metalman and say teach that boy how to swim. And also can't he just wear a life jacket with the harness?
     
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  6. music4cash

    music4cash Member

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    He's got no interest in learning to swim, he hates getting water on his face. I've made the life jacket and harness argument as well but his mom won't budge...I'm just looking for a place with 24 hour access to decent bank fishing.
     
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  7. Steve Knox

    Steve Knox Active Member

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    I know we got off topic.... but just FYI our local school systems all require students to pass a swim test in order to graduate high school. And colleges have been requiring swim tests since I started in 1970. In many locations it is not optional. The sooner he learns the easier it will be. Just saying.....
     
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  8. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    I'm just going to say this and then I'm out of this conversation:
    The decision about learning something that could possibly help save his life should not be left to a nine year old.
    This is a tough one for you Jeff as it seems you just want to do right by the lad and take him fishing.
    Good luck to both of you.
    ...W
     
  9. music4cash

    music4cash Member

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    I'm his uncle, not his parent. If I wanted to raise a kid I'd have one of my own. The beauty of being an uncle, is that you only have to do the fun stuff. I'll let my sister and my brother in law handle the swimming thing. He wants to go night fishing for his birthday, so I just need to find a spot for that.
     
  10. Khh27

    Khh27 Well-Known Member

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    In what month is his birthday
     
  11. music4cash

    music4cash Member

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    His birthday isn't until May. So it should be warm enough by then.