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Date 01-Jul-14
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Conditions : James River: Upper James: Contributed by local guide Jared Harker, 434-941-9550, www.confluenceoutfittersva.com. The James River has slowed down from the post spawn bite, but the typical summertime patterns are starting to produce well. Throw soft plastics below riffles and falls and dead drift them through these areas of current with 2 to 6 feet of depth. The tube is a bait we fish year round. Swim it along food funnels or drift a worm Texas rigged through a riffle and into the deeper pool below. The top water bite is really heating up as well. This tactic will work best in the heat of the day and evenings, but will produce in the mornings on shade banks as well. I just got home from a trip this Sunday evening, where we boated one just under the magic 20 inch mark on a popper. Best of luck! For more fishing information give us a call at 434-941-9550

Middle James: Contributed by local angler Doug Reynolds. Smallmouth are being caught up and down the middle river. I fished from Columbia to Cartersville last Wednesday and caught eight smallmouths, with most fish being in the 12 to 14 inch size range and my largest was 16 inches. The river was still pretty murky and up a little from the norm, so I chose to stay with the darker colored soft plastics. The fishing was average but the hits were hard and fast. If I saw fish break the water I would immediately cast to it and six out of ten casts, they would hit it. The stick bait and a top water plug were my baits of choice. Top water baits should continue to be very active; torpedo, top water plug, shallow crankbaits, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. One note on top water plugs, torpedoes or poppers is the bottom color of the lure, remember the fish are looking up at the lure so the bottom color becomes the dominant color, and adjust accordingly. Most all of your soft plastics will be effective; scoundrel worms, stickbaits, grubs, paddle tail worms and swimbaits, jigs with trailers. Best colors have been darker colors; black, black/blue to green colors in soft plastics. As always, let's go fishing! See you on the river. For all the current river conditions, catches, weather, maps, times and tips. www.jamesriversmallmouth.com

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