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I am from Newport news, va, and currently live in Richmond, where I've recently gotten into striper fishing below the fall line. I have heard that the striper fishing down by Newport news around the James river bridge is good, and also up the Warwick river. Fishing these types of areas is pretty daunting, as there is a ton of area and I don't exactly have any "spots.". I was wondering of anyone familiar with the area has any tips for finding decent striper spots and techniques that tend to work in the area. One I have heard is trolling lures along the light line at the JRB. Seems like a reasonable strategy, but are divers the best for this? Or would shallower trolling lure be better? I've also heard that live croaker catches stripers around there, but sitting in the middle of the river with live croaker seems like it may not be productive. I've done lots of reading on striper fishing and feeding habits, but it seems that all of the reading can't replace some experienced opinion. Thanks for any help!
post #2 of 40

I fish the JRB pier in the early fall, like the beginning of october.  All the schoolies you could ever want.  Bring some storm lures and cast under the bridge near where the three lightpoles are on that side.  you may have to get there early, bc like i said, on the bridge side there are only three lights and they hold the most fish.  you have to fish there on the beginning of any tide change as the water really rips through there.  good luck... i may catch you up there in a few months...

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WillS,

Striper fishing from the beach in hampton roads is not what NJ north has to over you, but it is fishing. Sad to say that the Chesapeake Bay is in terrible shape right now. The bay's filter feeders has been decimated, i.e. menhaden and oysters. There are very few underwater grass beds and oyster beds left in the bay. There is a problem with the stripers in the chesapeake bay called mycobacteriosis, or some thing like that. some of the fish have red sores on them an they are sick. Right now the amount of red tide in the water is asanine.

There are places to go which are general areas to learn yourself. The JRB pier, Grandview, buckroe, salt ponds inlet, fort monroe (its not a military installation anymore), chicks beach (under the Cbbt), the lesner bridge, rudee inlet, lynnhaven inlet, sandbridge, hrbt, pearson pier in the area off kecoughtan road, but in newport news, colonial parkway/coleman bridge area...ect ect ect.

Each area is different from back bay, bayfront, inlet, oceanfront, pier, ect. One could go with smilin bills bucktails and uncle josh rinds and catch some fish...wink.gif There are schoolies about in season, and always the possibility at a decent fish, especially in the fall/winter as a lot of resident fish congregate at the mouths of the rivers and progressively work to the mouth of the bay. Always good action under the bridges in the fall and winter. You could always chase the fish down at the beach in sandbridge in Dec-Early Mar, sometimes they go south to NC for the winter.
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so you're fishing from the pier then? is it open at night?

post #5 of 40
open at night, i think 24 hr, call em an get their sched for the year
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Originally Posted by reel gambler View Post

WillS,
Striper fishing from the beach in hampton roads is not what NJ north has to over you, but it is fishing. Sad to say that the Chesapeake Bay is in terrible shape right now. The bay's filter feeders has been decimated, i.e. menhaden and oysters. There are very few underwater grass beds and oyster beds left in the bay. There is a problem with the stripers in the chesapeake bay called mycobacteriosis, or some thing like that. some of the fish have red sores on them an they are sick. Right now the amount of red tide in the water is asanine.
There are places to go which are general areas to learn yourself. The JRB pier, Grandview, buckroe, salt ponds inlet, fort monroe (its not a military installation anymore), chicks beach (under the Cbbt), the lesner bridge, rudee inlet, lynnhaven inlet, sandbridge, hrbt, pearson pier in the area off kecoughtan road, but in newport news, colonial parkway/coleman bridge area...ect ect ect.
Each area is different from back bay, bayfront, inlet, oceanfront, pier, ect. One could go with smilin bills bucktails and uncle josh rinds and catch some fish...wink.gif There are schoolies about in season, and always the possibility at a decent fish, especially in the fall/winter as a lot of resident fish congregate at the mouths of the rivers and progressively work to the mouth of the bay. Always good action under the bridges in the fall and winter. You could always chase the fish down at the beach in sandbridge in Dec-Early Mar, sometimes they go south to NC for the winter.


All of that sounds pretty good.  I'm more or less restricted to shore fishing for the time being, although sometimes I can find a friend with a boat going out.  My jon boat gets me around the river up here in Richmond just fine.  I've heard of the mycobacterial infection.  I believe it's mycobacterium marinum, an atypical mycobacterial infection.  I've seen a few up this way with the sores.  Thanks for the tips on the places to fish.  Maybe I'll be able to find someone in the area to go fishing with a few times at some of them.

post #7 of 40
Hi ya Wills, I also fish the James from shore below and above the fall line, I had a fairly decent season fishing for stripers, I had good luck with the flatheads, crappie, white perch and a few large and small mouth this year also.. I also try to build a few lures in the fall once the shop/garage cools down. I am lucky that work down town Richmond and can walk to the pipe line overlook in five minutes, if you ever want to link up just shoot me a pm.

Houston
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i actually just got back from fishing belle isle... slayed a few little smallies, but i'm jonesing to reel in something big.  i'll definitely hit you up in the next couple of weeks since i have the next few weekends off.  The last time I fished the fall line for striper was in June and i landed a nice 2-footer and about 7 smaller ones in two nights.
 

post #9 of 40
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Hey guys just a follow up for those in the area... I'm heading to my parents' house in Newport news this weekend and was wondering how the shore fishing is in the va beach area or from boat in the James river and Warwick river. I wanna take my dad out for a little fishing if we get some decent weather. Thanks for the heads up!
post #10 of 40
The hrbt is the better striper spot in the fall time. A bad night in the fall time for me is 15 fish from 20-26 inches, rarely bigger fish and if you do hook up its right into the pilings . I like to troll the light line, Mostly everyone is jigging the pilings. Ive found trolling to be way more productive. Fish the side of the bridge the water is flowing from. I like the outgoing side b/c it is flushing all the bait from the river. I dont fish between the bridges. The fish hide in the shadow and point into the current. Pull the lure (i like crystal minnows) a foot into the lighted side. If you do not see the fish swimming close to the surface, then use a 5 inch swim shad a pull it along the bottom by the leading pilings. I always use a teaser setup with a dark green swimming mullet. I feel people jigging are using too small of lure. There is also a rip line away from the bridge, i am not going to say it is productive or not. I have had stellar nights when nobody is catching in the lightline. I fish from a kayak , and the ripline can be shallow in spots. It is not a place a boat should fish unless they know what they are doing. I have also caught them from the shoreline in the mediate area. there are a TON of stripers there. Just wait for the water to get down below 60 degrees. I know there is a noaa station that monitors the hrbt and will show you temp, tide,pressure,and wind.
All of this will be the same for fishing the JRB.
post #11 of 40

You can catch Stripers on live bait around the pilling fishing from the James River Bridge Pier. I have caught plenty this way. I have also caught some good fish on jigs piers around the pilings. The bridge is close enough so that you can fish its pilings from the pier.

post #12 of 40
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Sounds good. Anyone been catching yet this year? I went out last night to the benjamin-harrison bridge and got some strikes but none landed. Also I'm always looking for people to fish with and am just up the road. Let me know if anyone's interested in having some crew or something. Always willing to chip in for gas and such.
post #13 of 40
If you're heading to Tamp Bay this Winter, or any time soon. We're told this is THE PLACE to fish. Tell them Tesilential from SOL sent you. icon14.gif

http://www.theonlinefisherman.com/tampa-bay/double-branch
post #14 of 40
Right now through January you should be able to catch some in all of those spots...and more.
Talked to a buddy on the other side last night and they had all they could handle of what would have been legal fish in the creek last weekend. I'm going this weekend for three days.
If you have a small boat and motor, try the York too, from the 17 bridge all the way out. Troll in the creeks and along the edges slowly with small bucktails or soft plastics...white, yellow and green. Tip them with a trailer...Gulp, squid, pork rind etc.
Trolling for bigger fish in bigger water starts soon and will continue until the water gets cold and they move along.
When they start to move out, shore fishing at VB above and below is good.
post #15 of 40
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Two nights ago I went to the fall line to toss some plugs and see if any striper had come up that far. Turns out only catfish were biting up that far. It's kind if what I expected, but I didn't feel like going for a long ride down river. Ill be hitting the Benjamin-Harrison bridge again tomorrow night. Does anyone have any input as to whether the fish tend to gather around the channel where it's 40ft deep or off on the shallower sides o the bridge? There are bright lights the whole way across. Ill also be in NN next weekend and hoping to hit the JRB.
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