Rusty Dennen writes about the environment and the great outdoors.
Hooked on herring
The fishermen standing shoulder to shoulder at City Dock were after herring –to salt down, or use for bait. Around lunchtime, Sean Jackson of Woodford pulled in a herring, tossing it in a white, five-gallon bucket containing about a dozen of the fish, which head up the Rappahannock River each spring to spawn. One angler nearby was pulling them in two at a time. Herring are not the only fish answering an age-old call to swim up the river. Two types of shad–hickory and American–are also in, along with striped bass. One man said a 38-inch striper was caught this morning at the dock at the end of Sophia Street. The fish run will continue for a couple more weeks, and things will get back to normal and crowd at the dock will thin out.