Capt. Billy Pipkin’s FISHING LINE

Fishing should prove to be exciting in July. Anglers can look forward to a greater variety and abundance of species.

Many of the same species caught during June are also available this month: spot, croaker, speckled trout, bluefish and cobia. Shark, Spanish mackerel and red drum also will bend poles. Between shallow creeks and deeper bay waters, there’s plenty of action to keep anglers excited.

Bottom fishing has been great, with spot having a great showing to date. Sizes are running large and numbers are swelling. Simple bottom rigs donned with bloodworms is all you need for a full day of family fun. Oyster beds in and around the mouth of the rivers and creeks are all holding fish at this time. The Rappahannock, Great Wicomico and Potomac rivers are all holding fish.

Cobia are stirring the most excitement. These large, aggressive fish provide a strong fight as well as a great meal. Their maximum growth reaches a length of over six feet and a weight of….

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