Roanoke River At Weldon Fishing Report
WELDON—Done and done. Many striped bass spawned over the weekend, according to Sgt. James Ward, a wildlife officer with the Commission's Enforcement Division. While anglers continue to catch stripers from the Roanoke River near Weldon, the fishing will slow as the spent stripers begin their down-river migration back to the Atlantic Ocean.
Ward, a 28-year veteran with the Commission, said Saturday was a sight to behold for anglers lucky enough to be on the Roanoke River.
"The rockfish (striped bass) spawned this past Saturday — big time," he said. "This was a real good year for striped bass fishing. I've seen more large fish than I've ever seen — more than 50 fish over 20 pounds and several in the 30-pound class."
Bobby Colston, owner of Colston's Tackle Box on Highway 48 south of Gaston, confirmed the striped bass spawn and noted that not many anglers took advantage of the late spawn this year.
"There weren't a lot of fisherman on the river Saturday," Colston said. "The fish were still there, but folks on the river had a lot of room. … The rockfish had a really big spawn on Saturday, Saturday night and some on Sunday."
Colston said that while the striped bass were beginning their trek down river, anglers could still catch some fish on large minnows or bucktails. Early morning angling can still produce strikes on topwater, he said.
"I just had three guys come in and buy three dozen large minnows and some bucktails," Colston said on Friday. "They're regular customers, so they know the fish are still there. I would say those three guys will catch 30-40 fish between them this afternoon."
Colston said the expected rain over the weekend will extend the topwater action for anglers who want to try tempting stripers on topwater baits.
"Anytime the rain breaks the surface, the fish are not as scared so they'll hit topwater longer into the morning," Colston said.
This week's report will be the last Roanoke River fishing report until next spring. Please e-mail the Webmaster if you have other suggestions for fishing, boating, hunting, or other outdoors-related articles on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Web site. Until next year, tight lines!
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