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.