|West Virginia Harvest Moon|
A quick check of the Potomac River after the first front showed a bit of a high flow - which can be daunting on a big river - but no real turbidity. The grass beds were thick and there were very few exposed rocks, with the river covering both banks at about 1/4 mile's width. Neat to see.
"Former Intern Joe" and I poked down to the River after I gave a lecture on wetland and stream permitting. Tough subject, tough crowd. It was good to get wet - an effort made relatively easy by the fact that Maryland owns the entire Potomac River due to some 1800s politicking and hoodwinking revolving around a bunch of stuff, including the construction of Washington, DC. So - Maryland residents can fish the river from the Virginia or West Virginia bank without a fishing license from those states. License reciprocity would cover you in a boat - this is at the next level. So, we got wet. Almost immediately, we started lighting into longear sunfish. Dozens of them.
|Joe and the one millionth longear of the afternoon|
Fishing around and through the grass beds was tough, but it was certainly right where the fish were. We were using inline spinners with gold spoons and a bit of weight on the line, and a few bigger fish were chasing. One of the great things about this whole setup is that it was 4pm. It's rare that I can sincerely try to catch bass in the late afternoon. That's September and October for you! Finally, I hooked onto what seemed to be a citation size fish, given my 5'0" St. Croix UL rod and 4lb P-Line. It wasn't a giant. But it was a cool fish.
|Feisty 10" fish!|
I was still pretty excited from that big fight from a little fish when I caught my first red-eye bass of 2012, just 20 yards downstream:
|Beefy 10 inch fish!|