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Next year I am looking to branch out and fish new places in the Bay with my Action Craft Flatsmaster. I have heard a couple people talk about sightfishing redfish around Plum Tree Island NWR in Poquoson and the place looks awesome.

My understanding however, is that the refuge was previously a navy bombing range and that the land portion of the marsh is off limits. Is poling through those creeks putting the people on the boat at risk of running into unexploded ordinances long since sunk in the mud? Any information advice on this would be much appreciated.

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I fish Poquoson flats quite often, I normally launch out of Messick Point. Feel free to PM me if you need some advice. That Redfish on my avatar is a Poquoson flats red caught in Sept three years ago. Its a great place but sight fishing has evaded me, except for a few times. The Reds don't cooperate like the do further south, however there are ways to catch them in the shallow...
 

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I’ve not fished that specific area. I usually fish from Mobjack north. I do fish in a couple danger zones on the Potomac and the thought has crossed my mind every time I jam my anchor pin in the sand. It’s bad enough we have to deal with all the abandoned crab pots, nets, and other junk in the water let alone worrying about being blown to bits from old ordnance. I gotta think the odds are pretty low but I don’t really know.
 

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I used to duck hunt out there quite a bit and you can actually draw for plumb tree. I know there were signs out that was that have the postings regarding “danger” areas. Been a few years but I have a flats skiff and was planning on giving it a shot as well.
 

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I know this thread is super old, but I wanted to add (for future reference of others), that I’ve spoken with a Virginia MRC Officer, and he’s said that while it technically is against the rules of bottom disturbance - they don’t have any problem w poling inside of Plum Tree and you’ll only be bothered if you anchor or get on the land. He said there are always crab pots inside the NWR, and the locals have explored it well. According to this officer the MRC has only ticketed people for being on the land who refused to leave when asked. He did not believe there was any risk regarding unexploded ordnance, but stated that if you do come across one, to get away from it, do your best to offer a GPS location, and call 911.
 
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