Andrew Marquesen, Recreational Angler
- Washington, DC
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Posted on September 13, 2012 | Permalink
Caught My Age in Snakeheads This Year And Some Nice Bass
Location: Potomac River (various locations)
This year I have caught my age (34) in snakheads. This was a recent goal, as I really didn't start the season with the intention to target these fish in particular. The snakeheads that I've caught have all been on either Rage Tail type of soft plastics frogs (single hooked,) shallow diving crankbaits like a Minus1/BPS Egg, hollow body frogs or fluke type swimbaits. I have also caught a few on curly tail worms and spinnerbaits, though these are the exception for me. When I target snakeheads in particular, I usually go for a faster moving bait that will cause a lot of commotion. Reaction strikes are more common with snakeheads than bass in my experience. The snakehead pictured fell for a mini BPS Egg lure in the chartreuse shad pattern. On a side note... if targeting snakeheads with crankbaits, make sure to use stout treble hooks.
The bass fishing in the area has been on fire lately too. Mostly smaller fish, but they are very aggressive as of late. Buzzbaits right after sundown have been nailing lots of fish for me. Especially louder buzzbaits worked over choppy water flats. In the last 2 weeks I have caught 3 citation sized largemouths, including this one pictured that weighed in at about 7.5 lbs, 23 in. length and 19 in. girth. There are plenty of bass in the 4-5 lb. range out there taking baits too. Fluke baits, shallow diving cranks, and buzzbaits have been my go to early and late. During the day I have been catching them on 1/4" jig heads tipped with craw imitations and slow moving soft plastics.