Capt. Billy Pipkin’s Fishing Line

by Capt. Billy Pipkin

Fishing in the Northern Neck is simply wonderful!

I’ve been a licensed charter captain for 34 years, a guest speaker at countless fishing seminars and published over 500 fishing related articles. Needless to say, I have never been at a loss for words—until this week.

A precious little girl named Maylee walked up to me at the marina one evening and innocently asked me, “What’s the best bait to catch fish?” My first thought was; Wow, she sure painted that question with a wide brush! 

Typically, after asking a few questions of my own, a well thought out, detailed answer would follow. In this case I paused, and pondered just how to answer her question. Since her family was staying in one of the vacation rentals here at Ingram Bay Marina, I surmised that she would be fishing off the dock. The answer then became clear that…

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