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I can't remember the last time I fished Beaverdam. On the weekends I've been heading elsewhere and in the evenings it's been so hot. Paul's report motivated me to get out there anyways.
I went to the area I figured they would be. I saw some surface activity near the shore and figured it was white perch. But there weren't biting and eventually I figured out that it was shad, lots of them. Even saw a really big one jump a few feet out of the water. I was hoping to get a WP for bait. So I headed back to the area I wanted to fish and there was now a lot of shad activity. I frequently passed over large schools.
So I figured something imitating a shad would be the way to go. I chose my 20 year old silver rattletrap that has never caught a fish. I tossed it towards the schools of shad, let it sink and retrieve it near the bottom. Occasionally I would snag some rocks. I thought I had again when I hooked up this.
19" 2lb 9oz
A storm seemed to be coming and NOAA radio wasn't being real clear on what was really happening. Once a few drops started falling I started heading back while trolling the rattletrap at 3.5mph. As a passed by another good spot I was hoping I wouldn't snag when I passed over some of the sudden peaks. Almost on cue of when I thought I would get snagged the rod bent back, but not a sharply as a solid snag would cause. Got the rod in my hands and started cranking. Nope not a snag! Still way out the bass jumped a few feet clear of the water. This one was 14".
Right one man! Nice looking LMB glad to see you where still able to land some fish despite the heat! i considered taking the boat out this evening to BDC or Burke but i couldnt bring myself to it after a hot AM on the Potomac.
Nice bass T!!