Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Monday, January 24, 2011: The critical coldness continues. I was asked about the possibility of Collins Cove, Mullica River, freezing solid. It’s sure cold enough – and I’ve heard that folks were seen atop the ice. Those sightings were from motorist going southbound on the GSP. If anybody has tried hard-water fishing down there, please let me know. Mainly, I want to get some photos for The SandPaper.
Fishing-wise, I doubt I’ll even look for my tiny ice fishing rods. Years back, I had quite a collection of cut down freshwater rods, coupled with little freshwater reels. I also had a goodly load of small jigs, made for ice. I always preferred the Jigging Rapala, with single hooks protruding from both ends and a treble below. Still, you get five short hits for every hookup. One year I had a beautifully made “spearing” fly I had found on the beach that I used as a teaser. It easily outcaught the lure.
As noted here in the past, when I seriously go ice fishing for foodstuff (white perch), I use tip-ups and a Sabiki set-up with up to five hooks. I bait up each hook with grass shrimp. I’m hoping that’s legal. I’ve heard varying reports on the legal number of hooks allowed but the main confusion seemed focused on using Sabikis in freshwater trout waters.
About ice fishing with Sabikis, I once commenced to jigging them without bait. I had run out of “good” shrimp and I had no faith in white (dead) shrimp or the thawed stuff I had left. While I didn’t get nearly as many fish as I had with fresh shrimp, I ended up jigging a goodly number of perch, especially when I went to a Sabiki rig with hooks that had a lot of added color and “hair.” That was the same ice session when I put on a Hopkins to give me the weight I needed for jigging the Sabikis and instantly got into small bass, one after the other. There must have been 25 other anglers out there – fishing bait -- and I was the only one hitting bass. No, you can’t keep bass taken in Collin Cove, even if they’re legal size.
If you get down that way, take along some binoculars to take in the many eagles that cruise thereabouts.
January 24, 2011 - RICHMOND, Va., Legislation to restrict the commercial fishery of menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay has died in the General Assembly.
Omega Protein catches the small oily fish by the millions. They are then converted into fish oil, pet food and health supplements.
Several bills had been submitted in Richmond to limit Omega's commercial catch, but they were either killed or dropped this session.
Some have suggested the menhaden industry should be regulated by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission instead of the legislature.
One state senator said he would seek a study on the fishery from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.