Well another day on Potomac Creek and I found a few fish. The days are hot now and the fish are active. Still casting to the banks by any vegitation, lillies and grass seem the best. The weed flats are slow as the fish seem to be underneath and aren’t coming up to grab the top water stuff (the only thing you can fish in the thick weed flats, drop shotting hasn’t worked for me).
This average 5 pounder was right at the bank mid day and very hot 92 degrees. He was sitting inbetween the thick weed matts that the low tide was exposing when he slammed my white “Floatin’ Toad” straightened the hook a bit too!
The nicest one of the day was this 8 pound female that also killed my “Floatin’ Toad’, green/silver pattern in the morning. She also almost go off by straightening the hook!
Here was real nice largemouth right at dusk in the main channel of the creek, about 5 lbs. It was real wild hard to hold and snap a photo with my phone so this was all I could get. Wiggled right out of my grip when I was holding it up for a nice classic pic and went back into the river! So you just get my foot(size 12) and the fish, so you can get an idea of the fishes size! LOL!
Well see ya’ll next time on the water. Share your bass and snakehead fishing stories, tactics and locations(if you don’t mind that is..) We’d love to learn from you too.
But the good news is that the bass fishing on the Potomac River and its creeks seems to be up! I have caught more largmouths this year than Snakeheads which for me is a bummer but I will take it as the bass have all been nice ones in the 2.5 to 4 lb. range…a bit skinny but long. Now since I am fishing 90% top water my numbers are not huge on the bass, 3 or 4 most days and on a slow day just 1 or 2 bass. The snakeheads which I am targeting not bass have been hard to find, at least for me in my kayak. I have caught a few each day but no numbers and definately not like last year. A average day on the water for me in my kayak is 1 or 2 landed and 4 or 5 misses- but spectacular misses! The acrobatics, jumpsand head shakes wear the spit the lure most of time is awesome! I have to get a better video system on board and try to get some their areals on film.
This is one of the best things about fishing for snakeheads that I love. Not to mention their shark like attack, they see or hear the lure and charge it from a distance fin up leaving a huge wake like Jaws as they SMASH the lure and dive. As you set the hook they dive deeper and swim hard, many times coming right up and out of the water like a minature swordfish or marlin tail-walking on the water thrashing their head side to side trying to spit the hook- which many times they do! Their areal moves are great to watch even when you lose them.
This year though I have not seen many of those great water walks, just not catching that many fish. In my conversations with other snakehead anglers on the waters where I have been fishing they all say the same thing. “This year has been really slow and the lowest catches in 5 years”, Stewart told me yesterday on the Potomac Creek.
Now these fisherman have been fishing snakeheads hard for 4 or 5 years and can remember in 2011, 2012 and 2013 catching 10 to 20 fish in the boat between 8lbs. and 15 lbs. regularly! Even last year 5 to 15 fish caught regularly was common by many snakehead fishermen. But this year so far it’s 2 to 5 a day most of the time with a few big ones at 34″ and 12 lbs. but it a long day finding them.
I have fished Quanico Creek, Aquia Creek and Potomac Creek mostly this year and did one long day on the Maryland side at Matawoman Swamp(didn’t catch one, only missed one small one!) So it’s been hard, I don’t hear as many breaking the surface this year either. Last year was my first year targeting snakeheads I heard them all day long smashing the surface inside the lilly pads but this year it is sporadic and not so many “KIRSPLASH’S” in the weeds a sure sign the catch and kill regulations have greatly reduced their numbers if you aske me.
So I will keep hitting the water till deer season wish me luck. Hope to see y’all on water sometime soon!
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Nothing fights better in freshwater than a Snakehead!