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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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Full Report: Cat Point Creek: Contributed by Captain Penn Burke. Gar fishing is strong with lots of fish being caught. I had 7 trips for gar in the last 2 weeks and had success on all but one of the trips. That was this past Saturday morning before the big front came through and we had wind of 15 knots and white caps everywhere. Of course all captains have a Plan B, so we went up the creek (with a paddle) and set up for cat fishing and had a great day! The other trips proved to be very successful with the following fishermen turning in paperwork to get their first Fresh Water Citation Award for gar: Chris Ruffa, 43 ¼ inch, Ryan Bishop, 46 ¾ inch and Josh Gaskill, 49 ¼ inch. Lots of other citation size gar were also caught during the past two weeks along with some of the smallest gar I have seen. I actually caught one measuring only 17 inches I had another great weekend of gar fishing up in Cat Point Creek. I made it out 3 times this weekend. Friday evening I fished by myself and caught 7 nice fish (2 of which were over 40 inches). I don't measure mine unless I suspect that they are 49 inches or bigger. My personal best is 49 inches. Of course Hans deKoning still holds the record out of my boat and that was his 51 ¾ inch fish weighing 21 pounds. On Saturday I fished with Mickey and Steve Teese, the wind was fierce before the front that came through and we were skunked on gar but went further up in the creek to get out of the wind and did real good on catfish.

After the passage of the front I went fishing on Sunday morning with Chris Ruffa of Chester, VA and his sister Joanne of Tappahannock. There was a persistent breeze (no white caps) and absolutely gorgeous weather with back side cold front clouds filling a clear blue sky. We had a pair of bald eagles in a tree watching us fish and everything was just great. We brought 6 gar to the net with the biggest one being a 43 ½ inch caught by Chris and Joanne had a big fish of 37 inches. We had a number of good runs that were fun but did not result in hook-ups. I really prefer to fish on days that are not good for sailing. I believe the wind and the subsequent disturbance of the water's surface has an effect on the fishing. This was their first outing to target gar and Chris now has a Virginia citation award coming his way. I expect the fishing will stay good for several more weeks.

Capt. Penn Burke at Cat Point Creek notes that in the fall live bait is working great. He notes, "My 8 year old grandson, Lee Craven picked up his first citation -44 inches. This one took a jumbo shiner and after the usual wait for the fish to work the bait he set the hook and the fish made two explosive leaps coming completely out of the water both times. The fight lasted about 4 minutes and when the fish was in the net, Lee gave a double fist pump to celebrate (see pictures). I had my other two grandkids on board for the outing and everyone had a great time. My granddaughter (3 ½) caught her first fish (a small catfish) and just had to touch and rub it all over, then wiping her hands on her life jacket before I could grab a towel for her. As they say at the VDGIF, Do yourself a favor, take a kid fishing!"



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