Croaker and kids
Me and a buddy and our kids (11 & 8) went out on the Rapp the other day to do a little bottom fishing. The bite was slow overall but at there were times that they were reeling them in as fast as we could get them off the hook. We brought home a few for supper that were in the 12"-14" range. It was a great day. The kids are already talking about the next time.
Here's a question for the guys that fish Rapp/bay area, I fish the Urbanna Creek-Rte 3 bridge area, but I would like to fish the Windmill pt area. Is the water much rougher out there than up the river where I fish? I carry precious cargo, as I mentioned above, and I can't take any chances.
And by the way, 19' Trophy CC.
Thanks and great fishing to all.
it will be more rough in the bay than in the river on most days...just pick a day when its calm to go windmill point
The water can turn on dime whether you are boating on the Rapp or on the bay. It is a good idea to know what the predicted forecast is for that particular day. Sometimes a half trip can be squeezed in before the winds start to pick up. I frequent the website below, along with the normal NOAA area forecast. I like the hour by hour.
Hope this helps.
Backlash, there is plenty of good fishing to be done between Urbanna and the White Stone Bridge. No need for you to go to Windmill Point. Just my two cents...
19 ft and competent captain should have no problem around windmill. I run all over in a 19 ft. grady and places I should not go in a 17 ft. carolina skiff.
I have fished the Windmill PT bar very productively with my young kids over the last few years. During the Spring and early Summer, there are some nice croaker on the southern slope of the bar. During the summer, you can troll for some Spanish and Blues on the north side...and during the fall, the stripers are right on top. The waves ARE typically higher at the mouth of the Rap than further upstream, so you just have to pick your days more carefully. When the waves were above 2 feet, I would just move upriver a bit and stay to the leeward bank of the river.