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Full Report: Cat Point Creek: Contributed by local guide Penn Burke of Spring Shad Charters (804) 354-3200. Gar action continues to be hot with lots of fish being taken on live bait as well as with a fly rod and nylon loop baits. The nylon loop baits are also working well on spinning rods with traditional casting and medium speed retrievals with slight jerking motion. Hans de Koning has his lifelong friend Gerard Bouwman from Andel in, the Netherlands was here visiting for a couple of weeks and Gerard finally connected with his first Citation gar measuring 45 inches. This 45 incher came after watching many others come to the boat at the end of Han's fishing line while fishing Cat Point Creek and Gerard is quite proud his first citation gar. Also fishing on a charter this past weekend were Kim and Kent Wingo out of Mechanicsville. This was their first outing for gar and they landed 7 fish with Kim's largest fish coming in at 37 inches and she let Kent take her turn after he missed one and Kent picked up a citation size gar at 40 ½ inches. They were both excited about the action and had a great day on Cat Point Creek doing what can only be described as a "different kind of fishing". Fossils for these longnose gar have been found dating back 100 million years ago meaning the species watched the disappearance of many dinosaurs during the end of the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago. Today they are maintaining good populations in Virginia's estuaries and providing great shows by splashing and gulping air on the surface and putting up a great fight on fishing tackle. See you on the water!


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Full Report: Cat Point Creek: Contributed by local guide Penn Burke of Spring Shad Charters (804) 354-3200. On July 26th, I had the opportunity to take two young-uns from North Carolina out and they both picked up citations. My friend Nick Beerli (down in Kill Devil Hills) decided to get his son Nick and Nick's friend Chris away from electronics and gaming for the weekend. He packed them in the truck and came up to visit us at Naylor's Beach for the weekend. All games had to stay in NC and they were out for an adventure. So I get some rods baited up and had Nick and Chris do "rock, paper, scissors" to see who would get the first hook-up. Nick won and got the first fish which turned out to be a 41 inch citation. The second fish went to Chris and measured 44.5 inches for a citation. They also got some sailing in on a Sunfish while up here. On August 3rd, Hans deKoning (Gar Expert Angler) and I go out in Hans's boat and try out a new spot we discovered while fishing for yellow perch. I had caught a nice citation gar on ultra-light spinning tackle while perch fishing and we wanted to see how many gar were back in this area. Hans landed 7 with 3 of them being citation size on a fly rod using his hand tied secret weapon Gar Ba. Another super moon will occur this weekend. The influence this phenomenon will have on local fisheries, is anyone's guess. But as summer presses on, many favorite species are available. Most of the buzz is still focused around the unofficial flounder comeback, which shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. It's a great day! See you on the water.


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Full Report: Cat Point Creek: Contributed by local guide Penn Burke of Spring Shad Charters (804) 354-3200. Contributed by local guide Penn Burke of Spring Shad Charters (804) 354-3200. While I have not fished directly for gar in Cat Point Creek, the gar are starting to congregate in several places and should be ready for catching whenever one wants to target them. I was back up in the far reaches of Cat Point Creek fishing with Hans deKoning for yellow perch (ring perch) and we caught quite a few nice perch. The surprise of the day came with a hook up of a 47 inch gar on ultra light outfit using 6 pound monofilament. After a lengthy battle Hans was able to net the fish with a quick release for another day.


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Full Report: Cat Point Creek: Contributed by local guide Penn Burke of Spring Shad Charters (804) 354-3200. Another beautiful spring day and the river is finally back down to a decent level and the water has cleared up a lot so I guess I had to go fishing. My neighbor of 43 years over on Monument Avenue (Finnie Theofanos) was available and we have talked a lot about him getting out on the James for some shad fishing. He has been on my distribution list for a long time and we always talk fishing but today was the first time I had the pleasure of fishing with Finnie. He brought his 5 weight fly rod and a spinning rod but never used the spinning rod as the fly rod gave him plenty of action. If you have ever eaten at the Greek Festival then you know Finnie, he is one of the cooks and servers and has been doing this since the beginning of the Greek Festival.


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Full Report: Cat Point Creek: Contributed by local guide Penn Burke of Spring Shad Charters (804) 354-3200. Yes, breakfast today was shad roe caught yesterday! After a long night and most of the day (Monday) with heavy rain, what to do? An easy decision, head to the James and go fishing. I made 6 calls to folks that I thought would most likely drop what they were doing to go hook up a few fish, but no takers, so off I went by myself. My dock hand tonight for loading the boat was the 8 year old son of Will at Green Top. Will headed that way right after picking up his son from school. On Sunday I counted 32 boats that I could see from my anchor position just below the I-95 bridge. Today after the rain stopped there were only 4 trailers in the parking lot and one was mine. The whole river nearly to myself! On and off action but still lots of fun. Will managed to catch a catfish with his anchor. Really, it happened! When he retrieved the anchor, there was a fishing line of considerable strength wrapped around the anchor and attached to the business end was a catfish. His son had a ball hand retrieving this fish. He also let his son catch a nice American shad . Okay, in closing, let me make a request to those of you that would like to be on my "On Call List". As it happened today, I often decide last minute to head to the river or sometimes I have someone cancel out on a planned trip. If you want to be on that On Call List, please shoot me a reply and give me the best way to contact you.


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Full Report: Cat Point Creek: Contributed by local guide Penn Burke of Spring Shad Charters (804) 354-3200. Well now, Spring is here and March Madness is in full swing. Sorry to see the Rams get knocked out in first round of NCAA Tournament but we can now focus our attention on shad fishing the James River in beautiful Downtown Richmond. There are a few fish here and lot's more on the way. It is time to get out on the river and catch shad, along with a few rockfish and those ever present catfish. See you on the water!


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Full Report: Cat Point Creek: Contributed by local guide Penn Burke of Spring Shad Charters (804) 354-3200. No report this edition.


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Full Report: Cat Point Creek: Contributed by local guide Penn Burke of Spring Shad Charters (804) 354-3200. No report this edition.


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Full Report: Cat Point Creek: Contributed by Captain Penn Burke. Fishing is still good for Gar and Cat Fish in Cat Point Creek. The action is slowing a bit with the drop in water temperature and cooler weather but the Gar are still taking live baits and the Catfish are hitting well if you fish for them on the flats near the shoreline.


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Full Report: Cat Point Creek: Contributed by Captain Penn Burke. Over the last two weeks the gar fishing and cat fishing have been strong in Cat Point Creek. Numerous citation size gar are being taken along with some smaller ones in the 25 to 35 inch range. I find that fishing before and after slack current seems to be the ideal time to set up. The catfish action has also been quite good for pan sized catfish with a few larger ones jumping on to add some excitement. I will be taking some time off from fishing to sail up to Annapolis for Sail Boat Show. See you on the water.

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09/26/2014 00:19:05Guest---Chickahominy River
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