I've managed to get out a few times the last couple of weeks. I targeted largemouth and pickerel. Went to Harwood mills reservoir with Justin and Forrest. I was trolling on my way out when I got my first hit. After a few good runs and an aerial display, I landed my first citation pickerel. It measured 25" and weighed in at 3 lbs 15oz. I caught 1 other pickerel that was a little smaller then nothing for a few hours. After what seemed like forever without a bite, I was working a suspending jerkbait in 3-4 feet of water and got slammed. The fish hit on the pause. It was a 19" 4lb 5oz largemouth. After that I caught 1 more bass. Justin ended up with 3-4 bass, the biggest being 5lbs, and 3 pickerel. Fast forward a week or so. I went down to Gloucester to help my father-in-law move some things from storage. I had heard that Beaverdam was on fire so we grabbed our gear and headed to the lake. We fished off of the floating dock. I really don't like fishing off of docks but this time was an exception. The day we went was super windy, 20-30 mph with 40 mph gusts. Despite the wind, we managed 3 bass a piece, all over 3 lbs. My biggest went 3 lbs 12 oz. Bobby's biggest went 3 lbs 10 oz. The next day we went again, however there was hardly any wind. We saw why the bass were so thick around the floating pier. We gazed into the water and saw literally thousands of shad slowly swimming around the dock. Every once in a while, you would see bass from 3-5 pounds dart through the school, feeding. We caught a few shad and started fishing. Just about every bass we caught was over 3lbs again. My biggest 4lbs 5oz, Bobby's 3lbs 12oz. The guy fishing next to us caught 2 bass just under 7lbs, one 5 pounder, and a few in the 4lb class. It was a great day of fishing, but it all came to an abrupt end when the wife called;) We got to the dock around 845am. We were supposed to only fish for around an hour then leave. It was 130pm when she called:) Here are some pics.
It had been over a month since I last went fishing. I was finally able to get out. I went to Piscataway creek in Tappahannock for yellow perch. I got there a little after 1pm. After a short paddle I was fishing. I fished for 2 1/2 hrs without any bites. First trip of the year and I was well on my way to being skunked. I finally decided to venture away to try some new water. It paid off. I paddled just upstream to where a feeder creek flowed in and started fishing. Got bit on my 1st cast and landed my first fish of the year, an 8 inch yellow perch. Not big but I'll take it. In the next 30 min I landed 3 more about the same size. I decided to go upstream a little more to try a channel drop that Justin Mayer told me about. I immediately started to get bit. Managed to land four more, three yellow perch around 8 inches and a crappie that went 8 inches. At that point, it was starting to get dark so I went back to my first spot. Caught another perch and a largemouth that went 16 inches. The bite slowed after that so I called it a day. They were biting on a 2 inch chartreuse grub with an orange tail. Ended up with 8 yellow perch, 1 crappie and a bass. Good times:)
Got out around 1230 and fished the incoming tide. The bite was a little slower today compared to recently but I managed 8 total. Nothing to write home about but its always fun. Biggest fish was a 14 inch LMB caught on a super fluke. Landed a hard fighting 12 inch smallie using a watermelon red zoom tube. Everything else came on either a shad color crankbait, or a crawfish color crankbait. I also caught a 14 inch cat and probably the smallest striper i've ever seen. (just under 10 inches)
Fished the outgoing tide on 9/13. Didn't have much luck for the first 2 hrs. Switched to a crawfish crankbait and started getting bit. Ended up with 6 smallies up to 16 inches, 3 largemouth up to 18 inches and 2 18 inch stripers.
Got a new camera today and had to get on the water and test it out. Went to the same place above the chain bridge. Lost a pretty nice smallie on a rapala. Got 2 more nice smallies, one 15 inches, one 16 inches on consecutive casts to the same spot. Caught a few more dinks then called it a night.
Launched somewhere new...Gravely Point on the Potomac. I fished for prob 3hrs. Went right from the boat ramp. Didn't catch anything for a few hours. Finally came upon a pipe with water gushing from it. Started throwing a spinnerbait and immediately got a good bite. Ended up being a 23 inch blue catfish, on a spinnerbait! Got nothing else there. I was heading back and the water started to erupt all around me! Threw the trusty fluke in the middle of it and got nailed! 2.5 lb bass. The feeding frenzy continued for around 30 min. Got a few blowups on topwater but they completly missed. Only ended up with the one bass. Good times.
Launched out of belle haven marina around 4pm and fished till around 1030pm. Caught 8 bass total ranging from 12-14 inches. Most bass were caught on flukes and a white slugo. Close to dark, I switched to a buzzbait and had as many hits as I caught fish but only hooked up with 3 fish. I had one huge hit that sounded like an annoying beaver slapping its tail on the water but it completely missed my buzzbait. A couple of guys fishing next to me thought it might be a snake head. It was a good night, good topwater bite.