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6 Wednesday, June 29, 2016 THE JOURNAL .I MARK FIKE would be attracted to them and how club members IT said, "I feel bad the attractors would cause minimal standing around. I want to do some Scott Herrmann, fisheries biolo- loss of anglers' lures when fishing work!" and he did. He, his brother gist for Region 1 (Tidewater) of the around them. Concrete mix was Matt and John did a lot of heavy lift- Virginia Department of Game and dumped in an old tub, water addedl ing, mixed concrete and chipped in Inland Fisheries , rolled into the and shovels began mixing while oth- with a variety of other tasks. parking lot of Chandler's Mill Pond er youth began cutting the pipe to The young women quickly cut up last Tuesday towing a boat behind a various lengths and assembling the the PVC piping for Herrmann and pickup truck. With 76 acres of dry oddlooking structures, were sure to point out that they cut pondbed lurking in the background, The rain spattered on us off and twice as much pipe as the boys did. passersby might have wondered why on but held off from a downpour. The girls were not bashful about get- there was a boat in the parking lot. However, the sun eventually burned ring dirty either. In fact, not long into The answer is that both the boat and through creating a steamy late the project, Skylar fell into the mud the truck were loaded down with morning. It was hot and the kids put and promptly "invited" Kenzie in construction supplies, down some water and Powerade to with her. Before long the entire out- Herrmann has been a solid source keep hydrated. As each fish attrac- door club work party was covered of fisheries information for your col- tor was completed, the youth carried in mud and not bothered by the fact umnist for many years. Herrmann the project to the pond's edge where they needed a pressure washer to get also has been an avid supporter of Herrmann would lead them out on2 .clean again. I feel like I owe the par- the King George Outdoor Club over X 10 planks and plywood to emplace ents a box of Tide detergent for the the years. One year not long ago, them in a line. When I viewed the manner in which the youth arrived the youth were able to observe as he lines of attractors at the end of the back home. and fisheries biologist Matt Blom- work, I was struck by the idea that They worked hard and played hard mel electroshocked Chandler's. The the fish attractors were set up like until it was time to go. youth assisted in measuring and a colony and undoubtedly the fish When the mud stopped flying, weighing the fish. Herrmann took density would be numerous in that there were ten new fish attractors the time to explain his work, why area when the pond refilled,sitting in the pond bed. Thanks to it was important and he answered Herrmann shared several designs the work of the youth in the outdoor questions that the kids had on that with the youth and encouraged them club and certainly the direction of trip. Afterwards, the kids were talk- to come up with their own designs. Scott Herrmann from VDGIF, an- ing about the experience for weeks. He took old coolers and recycled glers will be able to enjoy some good On this trip Herrmann's goal was them into catfish lairs where hope- fishing opportunities near the dock to create some fish habitat and attrac- fully some channel cats would spawn in the future. Hopefully the pond tors and emplace them within cast- in the overturned coolers which were will be refilled sometime this fall. ing range of the shoreline for anglers, staked down with pipe in the pond Thanks to Scott Herrmann for in- Taking advantage of the empty pond bed, further held down by buckets cluding the King George Outdoor was paramount to the attractors be- of concrete on either side and situ- Club in this project and thanks to ing put where he wanted them. ated near other fish attractors where the parents for being understanding Once Herrmann gave an overview small prey fish would be available, of the dirt the kids brought home of the plan, the youth began offioad- The youth were not bashful with with them last week! The outdoor ing PVC pipe, tubing, tools and old the event. They were eager to get club members that participated in buckets, and coolers. Herrmann dirty and cut pipe. They had no is- this event were Skylar, Kenzie, KD, showed the youth some of his previ- sues mixing the concrete or hauling Kristy, Faith, John, Matt and JT. ous designs, explained why the fish the heavy items. In fact, one of our Good jobI JT, Kristy and Skylar carry a fish habitat o its resting place during the work day. Photo by Mark Fike MARK AND MISSY FIKE Fishing is quite good all over with just a bit more improvement hoped 'for'i~the.'brine:- 7 ! ' ..... i Rappahannock River -. Ken's Tackle in Spotsylvania re- ported that anglers are catching some nice eating size catfish all over on eels and cutbait. Anglers are still catching small stripers at the City Dock and downriver. At press time the river was high and muddy. There was no report of bass this week on the rive~. , --~,, ,, i)otomac River Aqua Land Marina (301-259- 2222) reported catfish were on the menu all over this week. Some small croaker were hitting squid and some perch were hitting bloodworms but fish were 1-2 pounds but numerous, lake but are deeper. Spanish are hitting along the Virgin- it was the main attraction was cat= Chicken liver and stink bait was the Saltwater ia Beach front. Croaker are hitting fish. ticket. Some nice bream are being The cobia bite in the lower bay was all over now but the bite is best from Kerfs reported bass fishing the caught near the docks and a few an- reportedly great this past week when the lower few miles of rivers to the weeds or weedlines was good. Snake- glers are taking some nice crappie, anglers could get out. Some fish up ocean. heads are hitting frog baits off the Lake Anna anglers were takingto 60 pounds were caught. Sight cast- Capt. Ryan Rogers is fishing thel grass surface, striper very early. At 7 the bite shuts ers are putting eels and baitfish in Virginia Beach area and his clients Inland down. Jig large minnows down to their face to get hits. 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