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#1 Dec-22-17 3:46PM

drxfish
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1225

Tidal Potomac 12-22-17

I had planned to do this trip with Hookup a few weeks back, but he hurt his back.  I was afraid to try to take the canoe by myself due to my recent rotator cuff surgery, but I am feeling much better and decided to go by myself today.  I had help getting the canoe on the car and basically used a rug and bath rugs to protect the car while I slit it off and on.  Worked pretty good and I did not have to lift the canoe fully. 

I hit the water about 8:30am and it was in the upper 30's with a forecast of mostly cloudy and high in the upper 50's.  Wind was supposed to be 11mph from the South.  I started at a warm water inflow and caught a nice LM around 3 lbs on the first cast with hookup's SWM jig and a 4" Keitech finesse swim bait.
[img]https://i.imgur.com/bp0tBiu.jpg[/IMG]
I thought that might be a good sign, but I did not get any more bites in that area,  I lost a couple jig lures and the wind was really giving my trouble with boat control.  I messed around with different lures (crank baits, tubes, finesse swim bait, jig) and had a slow period.  I did catch this large gizzard shad on a tube that it actually ate.
[img]https://i.imgur.com/YWP4Org.jpg[/IMG]
Finally, just before lunch, I got into a tube bite on the opposite shore.  I caught 6 in less than 40 minutes.  Nothing huge, but pulled good.  I took a couple pictures, but not all.
[img]https://i.imgur.com/Wc3mDa7.jpg[/IMG]
[img]https://i.imgur.com/qN1vBZz.jpg[/IMG]
[img]https://i.imgur.com/aXm2D6H.jpg[/IMG]
I ate lunch and struggled again with the wind.  Switched sides to get away from the wind and caught nothing.  I finally crossed over again and fished the shore as the wind laid down a bit.  Caught 2 on a tube at one spot and one more decent one at the spot I caught the other fish,  All bit the tube and had red in their mouths from eating craws I think.
[img]https://i.imgur.com/W0PJOEa.jpg[/IMG]
[img]https://i.imgur.com/Jp7aIZP.jpg[/IMG]
[img]https://i.imgur.com/oLkFJjk.jpg[/IMG]
I quit about 3:30pm and took my time putting the boat back on.  All worked out and I was tired and a little sore, but happy to have caught some fish.  Ended up with 9 LM total and the shad. 
Merry Christmas!

Last edited by drxfish (Dec-22-17 3:52PM)


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#2 Dec-22-17 6:20PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 12579

Re: Tidal Potomac 12-22-17

Way to go...glad you got out and got 'em!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#3 Dec-23-17 5:28AM

Curly
Patagonian Toothfish
Registered: Mar-15-10
Posts: 4799

Re: Tidal Potomac 12-22-17

Very Nice! big_smile

Last edited by Curly (Dec-23-17 5:38AM)


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#4 Dec-23-17 6:09AM

hookup
Patagonian Toothfish
Registered: Jan-31-12
Posts: 972

Re: Tidal Potomac 12-22-17

Good job.  Sorry I missed it.

Luv seeing the tube bite turn on

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#5 Dec-26-17 5:29AM

Bryan
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Bealeton, VA
Registered: Mar-18-11
Posts: 881

Re: Tidal Potomac 12-22-17

Nice fish, thanks for the report!


tight lines

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#6 Dec-27-17 5:30AM

firemunkee
Patagonian Toothfish
From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: May-23-13
Posts: 1421

Re: Tidal Potomac 12-22-17

Nice to see successful fishing reports this time of year! Well done.


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