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  • VA East FoM, 12 MAY 2018

    It had been 2 years since I'd been on the Chick, three years since I'd fished tidal waters. It showed. Thought I had a lil something figured out in practice for the off period but I was mistaken. I had it figured out for that day. Rivers change every day and so do the fish. Without the benefit of a few more data points I was clueless as to what to do.

    Practice. I recalled from previous outings that the fish will sometimes pull off onto ledges when it gets hot. I bounced around from turn to oxbow to creek channel testing this theory. It worked great on THUR, a little less so on FRI. Outside bends produced the best for me. Sharper drop was better. I checked out pads and shallower areas - managed a few on a weightless fluke. Strangely, I didn't have a bite off of a dock either day (and I worked them pretty hard). Late in the day on FRI I managed a couple of solid keepers off of ledges during the latter stages of the incoming tide. This gave me [momentary] confidence I had something for the period of the tide that has always caused me the most trouble.

    TX day. I return to the scene of the crime, picking up where I left off on FRI. Within the first 15 minutes I bang out 2 small keepers. And then it was over. I fished drains, ledges, pad beds, brush piles, stump fields, docks, you name it. I didn't have so much as a sniff after that second fish. I covered a lot of water, making return trips to select spots during different phases of the tide. Nope. I marked fish of all kinds everywhere I went. They had no (zero) interest in anything I threw.

    Observations: 1) Water temps ranged from 72 on THUR AM to 78 on SAT afternoon. The water is its usual tannic color but also had a stain to it. 2) Pads are up and in great shape. The grass is a little slower coming in. It's spotty - thick patches here and there, mainly near drains. 3) The rec traffic was light even with the perfect weather. Kids are still in school I suppose. 4) The white perch or bass (or whatever they are) are active. They wore me out the first day, making me think I had a real bite. They tore up some plastics.

    Wish I had to offer but without the benefit of catching a few I'm at a loss. That said, this remains one of my fav places to go. Another great stay at Rockahock. Andy and crew put on yet another good show (31 boats).

    peace, B
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    I'm almost ashamed to say I've never fished the Chick.

    Sorry you had a rough outing, but at least it was in an interesting place.

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    • #3
      Even a bad outing on chick is still my favorite.
      2017 Ironman winner
      2019 Polar Bear winner

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      • #4
        It was a tough day for sure 31. The Chick is a pretty river even when the bite is tough!
        Eric

        2004 Fishers of Men VA-East Division Champions

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        • #5
          It was certainly a stingy day out there on the river, sometimes all you can do is grind it out till the bitter end! Great seeing you as usual 31!
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          • #6
            Tough day. In hindsight...perhaps too much movement vs. waiting for them to come to you? Just a thought as tidal fisheries are all about the timing.

            I know its tough, and the decision making process on tidal water is even more tougherest
            Wishin' I was fishin'...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by gnfsnva View Post
              Tough day. In hindsight...perhaps too much movement vs. waiting for them to come to you? Just a thought as tidal fisheries are all about the timing.

              I know its tough, and the decision making process on tidal water is even more tougherest
              You should write a book Erik ;)
              cheers,
              Steve

              2011/2013 St Jude's Charity Tournament Champion
              Bass East Big Bass Challenge winner of 11-12 and 12-1 hours.

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