Andrew Marquesen, Recreational Angler
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Posted on October 5, 2012 | Permalink
First Stiped Bass of 2012
Location: Potomac River
I caught my first keeper striped bass of 2012 here in the upper reaches of the tidal Potomac. I do primarily freshwater fishing, so the Striped Bass fishing is typically best from October through the end of the season. This fish was caught on a clacking buzzbait in 1/4oz. size.
The topwater bite has been incredible for LMB these last few days with the warmer temperatures and overcast conditions. I have been catching some nice fish in the 4-5lb, range too. My go to has been spook type walk-the-dog baits, and a small buzzbait as a follow up bait. When topwater fishing like this, a follow up bait is essential to have rigged and ready to go. More than half of the time that I get a short strike/missed fish on the walking bait, I immediately follow up with the buzzbait and nail the fish. Focus on shallow flats with sparse weeds, near larger weed beds. If there's a drop off nearby, all the better.
I also caught this 31" and 9.5lb. snakehead on my crappie rig with a small shallow running crankbait. Ultra-light, ultra-fast action rodů the fight was epic.