Capt. Billy Pipkin’s Fishing Line

September—anglers’ paradise!

September is like an early Christmas present for fishermen. A diverse fishery presents anglers a variety of methods to land some of the Northern Neck’s finest seafood.

The cooler temperatures will promote heavy feeding as fish prepare for a fall exit out of the creeks and rivers. 

As a seasoned charter captain, I can honestly say that this is my favorite month of the year to fish. The mild weather coupled with a variety of fish, is sure to please even the most fastidious angler. This month, I carry anglers on my large boat in the Chesapeake Bay as well as on small boat inshore charters. Both venues provide great action, but during this transitional period, one method touches my heart the most.

Shallow water, or “skinny” water as we call it locally, presents opportunities that are not available in the deep water of the Chesapeake Bay. This inshore fishery offers speckled trout, puppy drum, striped bass, perch, whiting and bluefish on light tackle.

What makes the shallow water fishing so special is….

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