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Chick Fishing Report 7/30/2011

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  • angrywhiteboy
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    Originally posted by JayT View Post
    thanks for the picture charlie. thats a longnose gar.
    :Agree:

    Without a doubt.

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  • JayT
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    thanks for the picture charlie. thats a longnose gar.

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  • Fish 4-5
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    Seems like you could have a ball with a arrow......

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  • HeyCharlie
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  • PokerFace
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    There are no alligator gar in the chickahominy. You either saw our indigenous gar fish or like the above-poster said, a bowfin. Bowfin are very prehistoric looking fish with a swim bladder that permits them to survive in very low slow moving waters. I used to catch big ones in a swampy area of the Totopotmoy Creek when I was a kid. I caught them on everything from hot dogs to a broken back minnow, to a rattle trap. The Chick is full of them as well as the Pamunkey, and Mattaponi Rivers. They thrive in areas where other fish can't survive. They can get very large as a result.

    It's more or less a trash fish, but if you hook into a big one, they can be a lot of fun to catch, but not so fun to release. They have teeth so do not lip them. If you fish with live bait in the Chick, you will likely run into one or two of them along the way. I've also caught them on plastic lizards, and a buzzbait.

    I never fished the Chick that much. I fished Morris Creek a lot, which feeds the Chick. I caught a big crappie out of that creek and a few decent bass, some catfish, but that's with minnows. It's so hot around this time around there that fishing can be tough. You end up seeing plenty of trash fish like gar and bowfin, but I'm not interested in catching those fish. Colors are important and I can't begin to tell you which colors are best for the chic.

    During the fall, I had some luck fishing a very narrow extremely swampy area of the Chic. I caught crappy, pike,and bass. It's can be a great river to fish. Lots of folks used silver spoons in that area of Chic.

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  • JayT
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    Definately no Alligator gar in the james/chick system. The winter time water temps alone would not allow them to live. Your best shot at an actualy alligator gar is to head southwest and hit the trinity river. As far as I know only Florida, Lousiana and Texas have alligator gar.

    The babsolute best way to catch Gar or Bowfin on the chick is to put a medium sized bluegill underneath a float and send him into a likely area. he will get eaten.

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  • Brian
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    Originally posted by trailerman View Post
    we fished that river 2 weeks ago and the gar fish were in total abundance as far as your eye could see......especially down by the old helens hideaway...down on the right side...reminds me of 20 yrs ago i had an elderly gentleman fishn with me....he caught a 46 lb alligator gar off a large minnow....i think that is what the citation said it was..but it was 60 inches long......he died of cancer..but he got a citation.


    the best tide to catch bass in outgoing......wish i knew the secret to catching the fish on incoming...lol
    The chick holds some booner gar - but they are all long nose gar not alligator gar - I wish we had alligator gar!

    Here are a few from the chick in years past





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  • trailerman
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    Fishing partners

    IM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO GO FISHN...........IF ANYONE WANTS TO SHARE EXPENSES ON MY BASS BOAT......fuel cost etc.....send me contaxct info......fish the chick river and lake....james...and id like to learn lake anna better to catch fish there consistently.

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  • GoneFishin
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    That's exactly what I saw. I remember that tail but I didn't get that great of a look at the head. I think it's time to do a little research on what they eat. I'm looking to go back out soon but I need to find a fishing partner with a boat.

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  • angrywhiteboy
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    Originally posted by GoneFishin View Post
    ....I know for sure that I saw a big black spot on the end of the body right before its tail, whatever fish that is. It was a long and slender body....
    What you saw was more than likely a Bowfin.
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  • GoneFishin
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    Yea that's what I thought. I'm pretty sure that I saw a long nose Gar too but I only saw the head of one and it was a quick glance. I know for sure that I saw a big black spot on the end of the body right before its tail, whatever fish that is. It was a long and slender body.

    I'm going to try and grab a boat and get back out there with some live bait. I'll let you guys know when I'm going. This weekend I'm headed out to Big Bethel reservoir for some bass and catfish. After I do a little bit of research I'll give you guys some details on the trip so keep an eye out.

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  • gnfsnva
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    Alligator Gar in the Chick?

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  • Snowblind
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    Gar in the Rappahanock love cut bait and chicken liver

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  • GoneFishin
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    I'm thinkin of going back out for some gar. There were plenty of them and they are a good size fish. I've heard they are tough to catch though. We threw everything we had at them and didn't get a single bite. Are live minnows the way to go with them?

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  • trailerman
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    chick river-gar fish

    we fished that river 2 weeks ago and the gar fish were in total abundance as far as your eye could see......especially down by the old helens hideaway...down on the right side...reminds me of 20 yrs ago i had an elderly gentleman fishn with me....he caught a 46 lb alligator gar off a large minnow....i think that is what the citation said it was..but it was 60 inches long......he died of cancer..but he got a citation.


    the best tide to catch bass in outgoing......wish i knew the secret to catching the fish on incoming...lol

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