1. 7 lb. 22 in. Largemouth Bass

    1. Roy Meditz 0
      You're really "reeling" them in this year! Nice going! No big'uns for me yet, but lots of channel cats and crappies! Fishing Sandy River exclusively ...more but got a late start due to shoulder surgery.
    2. Josh Sommerville 0
      Sounds awesome Ashley. I have a few little 50-75 acre lakes around me like that and they stay murky all year round as well. I just always done better in murky water.
    3. Ashley Simmons 0
      Thanks guys. @josh Sommerville that lake is muddy year around and is super tough to fish, but because of the abundance of bass over 18 inches, you have a great chance ...more of catching a toad. Between the muddy water and abundance of gizzard shad, people tend to stay away from it.
    4. jeff mcelroy 0
      nice bass!
    5. Josh Sommerville 0
      Love that water color. Id rather fish the murky water than clear anyday
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  2. 8 lb. 3 oz. 23 in. Largemouth Bass with a KVD Sexy Spoon

    1. jeff mcelroy 0
      look at the beer belly on that one
    2. Robert Coleman 0
      Daaaaaayum! Another Hawg!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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  3. 9 lb. 3 oz. 24 in. Largemouth Bass with a Livingston Walking Boss II

    1. Ashley Simmons 0
      I really wish I had a GoPro or some way to set up my phone so that I can take pictures when fishing alone. This fish is my personal best at 9.3 pounds, which I am ...more super proud of, but it would have been nice to have gotten a better photo. Even if I had a way, a good photo probably would not have happened anyways because of a bad situation between the net, lure, and fish. I am just thankful i was able to release the fish unharmed.
    2. Robert Coleman 0
      No Fishidy weight there!!!! Great Bass!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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  4. 9 lb. 24 in. Largemouth Bass with a Livingston Walking Boss II

    1. Ashley Simmons 0
      Thanks guys, I really do appreciate it.
    2. jeff mcelroy 0
      somebody is on fire, all great fish!πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    3. Josh Sommerville 0
      Freakin Toad ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.Congrats Ashley.
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  5. 21 in. Red Drum with a Gulp Alive 3" Shrimp

  6. 21 in. Largemouth Bass with a zoom super fluke

    1. Roy Meditz 0
      Yesterday was a banner day at Sandy River. I caught over 47 bass(lost count), 25 plus crappie and over 50 channel cats! I found the original creek channel in one ...more of the coves, and every pass over that channel produced a fish or on occasion a double. I trolled back an forth on that channel for over 6 hours and it was insane the numbers of fish there. I did cast some in that spot, but only connected on a few that way, trolling was the answer there. 1.9 to 2.2 mph was the speed that produced best results.

      I did also notice some "bait balls", minnows swirling in large numbers causing surface disturbance with some jumping out of the water. I cast a spinner bait past these "bait balls" and caught 15 bass on 15 casts at one point reeling through them.

      This lasted for a short time, then back to trolling and that is when I found the creek channel. 6 hours later, I had to go home, I had the cooler full of fish. Channel cats (8), up to 26", 14 crappie 10-14" and 5 fat 12-13" bass. I did catch some "slot limit" fish that I had to put back, including a super fat 19 3/4" bass. Shame to have to put them back, but that's the rules.

      Had to leave early so I had time to clean them when I got home. The 2 hour drive to get there is becoming less of an issue now.

      This was my 5th trip there, and all combined, I have caught somewhere near 300 fish! I guess I'll continue to go there.
    2. Roy Meditz 0
      Went to Sandy again today. Caught 15 bass, 8 channel cats, 8 crappie and a 24" pickerel. 3 of the bass went 18-19", so I had to put them back, darn slot ...more limit! Dark overcast day, but fishing was slow. Finally caught some fish on my favorite lures, regaining faith in the system.

      Next trip will be more experimenting, different techniques, etc.
      I really like this lake, even thought they let water out and it is now about 4' lower than it was a week ago.
    3. Roy Meditz 0
      Another day at Sandy today. Wasn't as good as last Friday, but 23 bass(all but one too small) and 8 channel cats with 2 keepers. Guess it could have been worse. ...more Will try again another day, probably next week.
    4. Roy Meditz 0
      Went back to Sandy River today(arrived just after 8 am, the 2 hr drive really sucks) to check out the finger I didn't have time to on Monday. Not to impressed ...more with that section of water, not much structure. Went back to the main lake and trolled the left side down to the big cove on the left. Couldn't do more of the lake as I was catching fish most every where. Left at 6:30 pm, total catch 44 fish.

      7 channel cats, none above minimum, and 37 bass! No big bass either, most ran 10"-13", but kept me busy. Next trip will try some different techniques/methods to see if I can find some big ones.

      Fished 10 hrs, caught 44 fish, 4.4 fish per hour, or one about every 15 minutes. If I didn't include the finger that I didn't do Monday, took me 2 hrs to cover it and only caught one bass, fish per hour is much better.

      I like this place, but will have to limit my time there due to travel time and gas cost. If I eliminate my local electric only lakes, I would feel comfortable going twice a week. Weekdays only of course.

    5. Roy Meditz 0
      First trip to Sandy. Left just after 8 am, to avoid morning rush hour, and to learn the route in good daylight. Arrived just after 10 am.

      Ran boat to adjust ...more trim, and then checked speed with my hand held gps. Had it laying on the tackle box, and wide open the speed reading was 19.8 mph.

      Trolled right side of lake as standing on ramp looking out to lake. Went down to standing timber and started up other side. Went into first cove to the standing timber there. I wanted to try the timber but I also wanted to circle the lake , didn't make a complete circle, as I wanted to try a different route home. I left at 7pm, would have liked to stay longer but didn't want to drive the whole route home in the dark.

      I was trolling 8-12 ft with different lures using 2 rods. I did some casting once I landed a fish. Nothing real exciting, but I did catch 5 channel cats, a 17" and a 19" that went home. I also caught 13 bass. I kept 2 really fat 13" fish. Can't believe I caught a 4" bass on a 3" crank bait! I also caught 2 bluegills, duh.

      I can't wait to go back. I like the underwater structure that shows all through out the lake. I never made it under the bridge, or along the riprap on the left side of the boat ramp(time).

      Next trip I will have more time, leave lots earlier and maybe stay later. When I learn the lake I'm sure I can land some really good fish. Have to watch the weather for the end of the week. might go again real soon. I don't fish the weekends to avoid lake traffic, but I have been known to make exceptions for the weather.


      All in all, a good day.
    6. Ashley Simmons 0
      Good luck Roy! It should be some good fishing with these overcast skies.
    7. Roy Meditz 0
      Called dgif, spoke with the fisheries specialist for Lake Moomaw. There are NO walleyes in Lake Moomaw, darn. Boat launch is $5 for day. So.......the difference ...more for me to go to Moomaw vs. Sandy river is.....1/2 hr more drive time for Sandy river, due to being 30 miles further. Cost wise it's a tossup, within a couple dollars figuring gas and launch fees.
      Tomorrow I'm going to Sandy River. Not real early as this will be my new rigs maiden voyage, and not having ever been there before, I want to drive both ways in good daylight. I will fish hard once there, and will test out the motor. I will have my portable gps to get speed readings for both the outboard and the electric.
      Will be an interesting, and hopefully, productive day.
    8. Roy Meditz 0
      Bought the 8 hp merc, whatever it does it does.
    9. Roy Meditz 0
      Found a reasonable priced Merc 8hp, 2002 model. But it's 3 hr drive each way, ouch. Wonder how fast it would go on the jon. My 9.9 evvy on the 15 ft deep ...more v did 23mph with just me. Guess an 8 hp wouldn't be that bad. Looking to get off water quick if need to at moomaw, but am limited to 10 for sandy and briery.
    10. Ashley Simmons 0
      Yeah my Yamaha is a 2 stroke, it's the basic 9.9MSH. It starts on the first or second pull even in cold weather. I get 20 mph when I am by myself and with all ...more of my gear but when I add a partner it gets 12 mph. These numbers are off of my depth finder.
    11. Roy Meditz 0
      Your yammy is a 2 stroke? I finished extending the trailer tongue and wiring to day. Fabricated a front bunk, and mounted the spare. Tomorrow I will install clamp ...more on seats, oar retainers and put registration numbers on the boat. This thing looks HUGE after looking at the 10W for 2 years. Might have to go with a 8hp yammy, as it is one of 2 that is priced right according to NADA. Most want near price for a 10 yr old motor. Go figure.
    12. Ashley Simmons 0
      That's awesome! I love the Yamaha 9.9, plus only one part distinguishes it from a 15. You can buy the part for $65 and it takes less than an hour to install. ...more Reed valve assembly! Moomaw is a great place for smallmouth, brown trout, and walleye. I've never been there but the locals say you. An catch mister brown trout in there.
    13. Roy Meditz 0
      Sold my 10W this morning. Went to bass pro and brought home a 1436 Tracker jon. Now I just need to find a good reasonable 8-9.9 motor, prefer a 9.9. Bass pro ...more had new mercs at $2200, don't want to go there, but a good price.

      Will extend my trailer tounge tomorrow, put on numbers, mount seats, etc., and get ready for next week. Looking forward to lots more room.
      Heard Moomaw was really good right now, walleyes were hitting well, but deep.
    14. Roy Meditz 0
      Thanks for the info.
    15. Ashley Simmons 0
      Yeah, it's pretty sad! I am sure it will get sold, but in the mean time you can definitely make use of it on Briery. That place is so stumpy you're better ...more off with a small boat and just a trolling motor. Trust me, you will see more than one person stuck in one day. It always amazes me that people put their 20' bass boats in there.
    16. Roy Meditz 0
      Apparently all those that contacted me on the sale of my boat were just blowing smoke. None came to look at it as I was told. Not even the ones that made an appointment. ...more Sad that people don't do as they say.

      Guess I'll just have to use what I have for now.
    17. Ashley Simmons 0
      Oh man, I live 5 miles from Carvins Cove and I don't fish it, so that should tell you something. I HATE THAT PLACE! Trying to fish there you will have to deal ...more with pleasure kayakers and paddleboarders, and you will stay pissed off all the time. It does have some big smallmouth, but if I want big smallies I hit the james and new rivers, because I can catch bigger there and it's free. I have saved your email, I will definitely keep in touch.
    18. Roy Meditz 0
      Where I lived before moving here, I fished mainly for walleye, musky and northern pike. Caught many walleye over 24", best 34". Musky I have boated numerous ...more over 48" and northerns over 40", therefore, 8 - 14" bass are boring. I did fish for crappie and am used to 10 - 12" fish, not the 6-8" common here. As I am retired I have lots of time to fish, but the fishing around here isn't what I'm used to. Now being retired, traveling 2 hrs each way and the costs involved for gas and at some places launch fees, means I can't go 3 times a week as I normally do, weather permitting.
      This is why I'm looking at other possibilities. I also like to eat fish, and my doctor encourages me to do so, so I like to bring some home as well. To me walleye are the best, but bass, crappie, channel cats and good size blue gill work too.
      What is your opinion of Carvins Cove? Have researched it, but I really hate to pay launch fees!
      You are a pleasure to chat with maybe talk on phone some time. Here is my email addy so we don't have to be public on here. vaguru1@yahoo.com, later
    19. Ashley Simmons 0
      I live in the Roanoke area! If it's big bass you are wanting to catch, I would concentrate my efforts on Briery and Sandy. Both of them produces some pigs. ...more My personal best came out of Briery, and even though i didn't have a scale or ruler I measured him on my paddle which has a ruler on it and it goes up to 18 inches, the fish went well passed that. I marked a spot with my knife on the paddle handle and when I got home pulled the tape measure out. The measurement came just shy of 29". I was by myself, so the picture I took of the fish doesn't do it justice. You can definitely tell it's a big fish but not 28". If I am going to Briery or Sandy I don't leave home without a scale or ruler. You have the potential to catch a state record and you want to be ready. I learned the hard way.
    20. Roy Meditz 0
      Sale fell through, called and said weren't coming. Another looker tomorrow, if they are good to their word. I used to have a 15' deep V with 9.9 and all ...more the goodies before I moved down here, sure wish I had it back!
      Last trip to Robertson, water was somewhat dirty, only managed 3 channel cats on crank baits. DGIF says they're there, but no one I talked too has caught any large bass. Where do you call home?
    21. Ashley Simmons 0
      That's awesome that you may have your boat sold today. Yeah a 14' with a 9.9 is perfect for what you are wanting to do. I have a 14' Alumacraft Crappie ...more Jon with a Yamaha 9.9 and I absolutely love it. The guy that owned it before me made some really nice upgrades, like side and down imaging electronics, rod holders, led lights for night fishing, and a 55 lb thrust foot controlled trolling motor. Boy, Robertson is a tough Lake because how clear the water is and all the grass doesn't help either, but I hear there are some giant largemouth in there.
    22. Roy Meditz 0
      I'm in the Staunton vicinity. I have fished Elkhorn, Albemarle, Beaver Creek and Robertson. Don't get skunked, but nothing exciting far as size. Looking ...more for better fish. Last trip out caught 18 bass, biggest was 12". Might have boat sold today, so a 14' jon is ready to mount the trailer if it goes. Will need a good 9.9 motor to go with it. I'm looking.
    23. Ashley Simmons 0
      Lake Anna is a good lake to fish, I hear. I haven't gone there yet but it's on my list. I have fished Burton, Robertson, Douthat, Sandy, and Briery. My top ...more three are Sandy, Briery and Douthat. All three hold good quality fish with a chance to land a pig. If you don't mind me asking where are you from? There are a couple of good small lakes on the NC line that produce quality bass as well.
    24. Roy Meditz 0
      Currently have a 10' jon with only electric power. Thinking of getting an outboard just for these lakes. Am in the process of trying to sell 10' boat and ...more get a bigger boat. Don't know what the outcome will be, but with a bigger boat and and outboard opens up Lake Anna as well. Considering all my options as the electric only lakes near me(hours drive) have mostly stunted fish.
    25. Ashley Simmons 0
      Roy, I will be honest, they both can be tough this time of year. If you make the drive and you don't have a lot of success, don't give up. I fish both lakes ...more year around and July and August are the toughest months. That's my opinion though. Are you fishing out of a boat or kayak?
    26. Roy Meditz 0
      Thanks for the reply, appreciate it. They are both 2hr drive for me so I wasted a bit of info.
    27. Ashley Simmons 0
      Roy, it all depends! If I am really just targeting trophy size bass, meaning double digits, I will go to Briery. However, I prefer Sandy because I can catch numbers ...more and have a chance at a double digit. In my opinion Briery gets way more pressure. I also like Sandy because I don't have to worry about getting hung on stumps, plus you can fish there at night, where Briery you can't. I am a night owl so night fishing suits me, so I admit I spend more time at Sandy.
    28. Roy Meditz 0
      Which do you like better, Briery or Sandy Creek, and why?
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  7. 26 in. Spotted Seatrout with a DOA Shrimp

    1. Robert Coleman 0
      Nice one!
    2. Xavier Machado 0
      that's a great catch can you take a picture of ur shrimp
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  8. 19 in. Largemouth Bass with a Robo Worm

    1. Hook Setter 0
      Night monster great catch way to Hook'em
    2. Carlos Christian 0
      Like that one
    3. Carlos Christian 0
      Like that one
    4. Carlos Christian 0
      Like that one
    5. Xavier Machado 0
      man thats a nice one!!!
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  9. 20 in. Largemouth Bass with a Robo Worm

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  10. My buddy caught this one in a school of shad

    6 lb. 5 oz. Largemouth Bass with a Blueback Herring Crankbait

    1. Rich Pardy 0
      Now thats a hawg!!
    2. Mike D 0
      Hawg !!!!
    3. Ashley Simmons 0
      Thanks y'all! Noah lol.
    4. Noah Shapiro 0
      Ironically the four pounder looked bigger. Lol
    5. Jimbo Harwood 0
      fatty for sure. nice catch.
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    8. Melissa Norris 0
      great Bass πŸ˜€
    9. Kenneth Olivo 0
      Wow nice!!
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  • Species Largemouth, Smallmouth and Redfish
  • Waterway Briery Creek Lake, Maury River and Zekes Island
  • Lure Jitterbug and 3 3/4 Yamamoto Craw