Back Bay Regional Focus Report

by Chris McCotter

   James Waters at Bob’s Fishing Hole reports that the Winter Series continues this month, Sundays, 8am to 3pm with a three-fish limit, entry fee $25/person. There are also five-fish limit events on certain weekends.

  The events have been drawing a couple dozen, diehard teams/boats and the three-fish limits have been up to 12 pounds. Winter fishing tournaments on the Northwest River are a little new but the fishing and anglers are holding up well and learning new patterns every week.

  On Saturday, January 21 Bob’s launched 13 boats and 17 anglers that brought back nine limits. Rick Plemons took first with a three-fish limit for 9.20 pounds  and lunker at 4.86 pounds. 

   Bob’s Fishing Hole is located on Rt. 168 (Chesapeake Expressway) on the way to the Outer Banks. It offers anglers access not only to the great fishing on the Northwest River but also to Back Bay.

  For the coming season keep in mind North Bay Shore Campground welcomes anglers and has cabins and a bath house for overnight stays. A canal runs right behind the cabins, so you can keep your boat in the water and you are minutes from Sandbridge. This is a great place to use as basecamp when planning a Back Bay fishing trip.

  North Landing Beach RV Resort & Cottages is a good place to use as a family basecamp for Back Bay fishing. The resort is first class, has its own ramp and is nearby two others and about 20 minutes from Bob’s Fishing Hole. Book a two bedroom cottage and settle in for a few days of great fishing this coming spring and summer.

  Backwater Adventures Guide David Ward notes Febuary, like last month, will be all about the weather. Water temps will be in the 40’s depending on the weather. Ward says, “fish always seem to know spring is coming and fishing will start to improve even with the cold weather as the days start to get longer.” 

   Crankbaits, bladed jigs, and jigs will be the main weapons of his choice, fishing close to cover. On those really cold days, he says it’s a great time to organize your boat and tackle for the season! 

   If you are looking for accommodations and a new place to fish, consider the AJ Outfitters cabin on the Chowan River near Harrellsville, North Carolina. This is a riverside cabin with pier and nearby boat ramp that offers angler the opportunity to fish perhaps the best bass river in NC. 

    The Chowan is formed at the confluence of the Nottoway and Blackwater at the border with Virginia and flows into the Pamlico Sound. It is known for excellent largemouth bass fishing.

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