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Fishing the lower James river ?


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Wife has another business trip at a resort on the lower James river. 

They have a private boat ramp and parking lot so of course I'm going with her and bringing the boat.

 

Gotta admit I'm a little intimidated as this is a vast body of tidal water and calling for 80% chance of rain everyday.

I'll be fishing alone and have never bass fished tidal water.

My research suggests fishing a falling tide in mouths of creeks.

Anyone know the area? Advice ?

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I have fished the James a few times and it deserves a lot of respect.  It’s got a lot of flats and bars that have a tendency to change with every storm.  Good mapping is needed to keep in the channels.  Tidal rivers are a whole different deal.  Be aware of going up a creek or cut during high tide and trying to come out on low tide.  Tidal fish can key on different tides to feed.  The key is finding the right tide.  Locals should be able to tell you the “right” or best tide. Good luck! 

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I'm envious.   Let us know how it goes.  I hear a ton about the Chick, but not a lot about James below Richmond.  I'd be curious to see how much river you find bass between Richmond and James River Bridge, where I think it gets to salty.

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