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I spent New Year's Day fishing for speckled trout with Wes Blow. Fishing was pretty fantastic, especially for Wes. By the time I caught my third fish, Wes had already caught between 2 and 3 dozen. Things evened out a bit when I moved to the back of the boat with Wes and started fishing his gear. It was even better when Wes took a break and just watched me catch fish for a bit. I lost a really big fish and then managed to catch a 28-inch fish that weighed 7.25 pounds on the digital scale. The one I lost prior to that was much larger. The hook pulled at the boat. Wes got back to fishing seriously after that.

 

Wes caught so many "24ish" inch fish that he was just slinging them into the boat. We weighed some of his "23.75 inch" fish that were too small for a release citation: 5 to 5.5 pounds. Wes is a tough measurer. We only caught a few fish under 20 inches long and maybe 60 between 20 and 28 inches long with a lot in the 22 to 25 inch range. We fished from dark to dark and the bite was mostly on the whole time, in spurts: wait 15 minutes and then get 3 or 4 bites at one time. Wait another 5 minutes and it would happen again. I do not think we waited for more than 15 minutes in between bites all day and mostly the bites came in multiples. We missed a lot of bites but we caught a whole lot of fish...well, Wes did. I caught plenty.

 

We released everything we caught though we had a space in the cooler for that one that got away.

 

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Awesome report Ken. I didn't even think about fishing with the cold rain yesterday- you certainly deserve the bounty! Do you mind sharing if you were using gudgeons or shiners? Depth? Did you try any artificials? Thanks!

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Awesome report Ken. I didn't even think about fishing with the cold rain yesterday- you certainly deserve the bounty! Do you mind sharing if you were using gudgeons or shiners? Depth? Did you try any artificials? Thanks!

 

Gudgeons, 10-12 feet below bobber. Kayaker was in there casting artificials and he was doing well.

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Way to go! Those are some of the best trout pictures I have seen! Not asking for your spot of course, :cool_smiley: but, what body of water(river) was that? All of my trout fishing has been done up around the Whitestone area but I am ready to start learning the waters at ya'lls end! I hope to have the trim unit fixed on my boat this weekend and I would love to try and find some of those beauties!

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What is a Gudgeon?

 

Saltwater minnow, mummichog, bull minnow. Minnows typically used for flounder bait.

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Way to go! Those are some of the best trout pictures I have seen! Not asking for your spot of course, :cool_smiley: but, what body of water(river) was that? All of my trout fishing has been done up around the Whitestone area but I am ready to start learning the waters at ya'lls end! I hope to have the trim unit fixed on my boat this weekend and I would love to try and find some of those beauties!

 

Elizabeth River

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Thanks! Congratulations again on your day! That was truly a day to be proud of! If I can get out there this weekend and do 1/10th as good , I will consider the day a winner!

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