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Posted on July 8, 2015 | Permalink

One Decent Largemouth

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I took a friend on a tour of DC by water. We only fished for a few minutes and caught only one fish, but it was a pretty decent Largemouth. It was caught with a large crank bait in the Washington Channel.

Tags: largemouth bass

Posted on July 6, 2015 | Permalink

Potomac Rockfish

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

The Potomac River has been yielding some good striper fishing recently. Today I caught 15 rockfish in a little over an hour. Then thunderstorms came in and spoiled the fun. The fish ranged in size from 19" to 28".

Tags: striped bass

Posted on October 6, 2014 | Permalink

Something not so Fishy on the Potomac

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went out this past weekend on the tidal Potomac River and got skunked for the first time this year. I checked some of my favorite spots and the depth sounder flat lined as if the fish were all on vacation. That's fishing :-)

Tags: Recreational Fishing

Posted on October 3, 2014 | Permalink

Rocky Gorge

Type: Freshwater
Region: Centeral
Location: Rocky Gorge

I fished Rocky Gorge with friend Peter S. We caught a few bass and a really nice crappie. The crappie hit a pumpkin seed tube fished on the bottom in 12-15 ft of water.

Tags: crappie, largemouth bass

Posted on October 1, 2014 | Permalink

Bass and Cats

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

I went out at the crack of dawn to try my luck with some topwater baits. I had a few strikes with a buzz bait, but couldn't get hooked up. I did a little better with the popper, catching a few bass and one overzealous bluegill which promptly went in the livewell. Then I threw a spinner bait for a while and caught a channel cat -- refreshing since I have only caught blue cats lately. Finally I cut up the bluegill and fished for blue cats for about an hour. I caught 3, two were 20 lbs, and one was 30 lbs. Blue cats are super strong. I need to get to the gym and build up the back and biceps if I want to keep catching them. Even a "little" 20 pounder can put up quite a fight.

Tags: channel catfish, largemouth bass, blue catfish, invasive, bluegill

Posted on September 23, 2014 | Permalink

New Personal Best

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

My son with a stringer of blue catfish that was too heavy for him to lift. He caught them using cut bluegill. The largest was about 30 pounds and his new personal best. It helps to have an "expert fishing guide" as a dad -- patting myself on the back ;-)

Tags: blue catfish, invasive

Posted on September 22, 2014 | Permalink

Potomac Mix

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

Another fun day on the tidal Potomac. Caught a mix of Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass and Blue Catfish, about 15 fish in all. Today, the fish were liking a 1/4 oz War Eagle tandem blade spinner bait along the grass edges. I had to get very close, and occasionally bump the grass in order to get bit. I mostly use cut bait to catch blue cats, but today they were clobbering the spinner bait.

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Blue Catfish, Invasive

Posted on September 15, 2014 | Permalink

Bait for Blues

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River

The biggest challenge with catching blue catfish is getting bait. Blue cats are voracious eaters and seem to eat almost anything. Bait on the other hand is not so easy to come by. I am hoping that DNR and/or other anglers might offer some suggestions. Here are some ways that I have caught bait.

Pentagon lagoon and the spoils: I have caught bluegill using wax worms on a bobber. One time, it took me 3 hours to catch one bluegill -- hanging my head in shame.

Washington Channel: I have caught perch using live minnows and cut down sibiki rigs. (2 hooks only)

Fletchers: I have caught perch using shad darts during the shad run in the spring.

This may come as a surprise (I know I was surprised), but blue cats eat almost anything including other blue catfish. Yesterday, I caught a blue catfish while jigging for striper. I cut up the catfish and put it on a bottom rig, and caught several more blue cats.

Hopefully, more anglers get interested in blue catfish. They have proliferated the Potomac and are literally everywhere. They are super strong and a lot of fun to catch. Anyone interested in catching "saltwater sized" fish in freshwater should give it a try.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive, Bluegill, Perch

Posted on September 9, 2014 | Permalink

Phenomenal Fishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac

I took advantage of the glorious weather on Sunday and went fishing. With clear skies, a full moon, and high pressure, I really didn't expect to catch a whole lot. To my surprise, the fishing was just as phenomenal as the weather. I caught 4 blue cats and 14 striper -- most were 17 to 22 inches, but one was a whopping 32 inches. A fish that size should be somewhere in the Atlantic right now, but lucky for me, this one was too lazy to make the pilgrimage. I caught the striper on a 1/4 oz buck tail with a 6 inch bass assassin teaser (all white).

P.S. I generally practice catch and release, but having caught so many blue cats lately, I am convinced they pose a serious threat to the ecosystem, so I have been "field dressing" them before returning them to the water. All the striped bass were returned alive and well.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Striped Bass

Posted on September 4, 2014 | Permalink

Weekend Catfishing

Type: Tidal
Region: Southern
Location: Potomac River near Alexandria

I took my son catfishing this weekend and we had a blast. We only had about 3 hours but we managed to catch 6 catfish. They were decent, but nothing huge. While I was taking one of the pictures, a giant cat took the other bait. It was peeling drag and before I could get the rod out of the rod holder, it broke the leader. We were using 8/0 hooks with 30# leader material. I just ordered some 10/0 hooks and 50# leader. The next one is not getting away.

Tags: Blue Catfish, Invasive

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