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#1 Nov-05-10 5:39PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
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11/5, Potomac River (DC) report

As I drove up on the ramp at Gravelly, I saw the "Gull chaser" in the water, read to go. Bob Morgan and Curly were getting the early bird (which they did).

At 0715 I met up with Mo, Thai and Michael for a 1/2 day of throwing and jigging. The target? FISH...any kind!

We had light rain drops and 44 degrees when we started but the sun came out and warmed the air to the low 50s. Winds were calm in the beginning ad then built up to close to 20 but they calmed a bit around 1 PM. Water temps were 54-57 in the WC and 65ish at Blue Plains.

We headed in to the Washington Channel to work some points. Of course Bob and Curly had already made a pass (trolling) and picked up this nice 24 incher!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1694.jpg

Nice boat too!

We made it down the channel mid way and Michael took the stink off our boat with a close to being a keeper striper!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1684.jpg

Mo followed suit with another shortie but fattie.....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1686.jpg

....despite bringing the fabled yellow fruit on board!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1687.jpg

We then headed up stream and nudged up to the Tidal Basin gates......

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1689.jpg

....but the gates never opened and were surprised to find no takers of any kind. Finally, just before we left the area, I connected with this fat 17" striper.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1691.jpg

Caught on a Storm paddle tail swimmer.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1692.jpg

The channel was slow, the wind had picked up measurably, Bob & Curly were being checked by the Coast Guard so we decided to head downriver a bit to stinky Blue Plains.

Thai started to throw his monster hand made (USA) swim bait. this thing is a work of art. For some reason, I only took this one picture of it....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1697.jpg

....hopefully, Thai can post up a better picture. But the reason that I took the one I took was because as we were making a slow move, these guys were getting really close to the back of the boat.

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1695.jpg

After that adventure, Thai started throwing a more normal crankbait and nailed this nice 3 pounder!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1699.jpg

Then Mo started to get into the fray and started nailing stripers! Little ones....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1700.jpg

...on a bait almost as gig as them!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1702.jpg

Right before we needed to leave to take Michael back to the ramp, he got slammed by this nice cat.....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/IMGP1703.jpg

....a good fight indeed. After we dropped him off, we tried a few more places but no one was willing to give us a thrill so we called it a day just before 2PM.

Hopefully, Bob and Curly will chime in with their experience.

It was great fishing with this crew despite the slow conditions. We ended up with 1 nice blue cat, 1 LMB, 1 smallie and about a 1/2 dozen stripers.....all caught throwing or jigging. We were comfortable all day and never felt cold (except when we ran at 25kts) even after the wind got up late in the morning. That sun sure felt good!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Nov-05-10 6:58PM

Thai
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From: Alexandria
Registered: Dec-07-09
Posts: 503

Re: 11/5, Potomac River (DC) report

Close up of the fabled monster, a 3:16 Wake Jr....just you wait until my real swimbait rod comes Ernie, I'll be throwing 9oz swimbaits!
http://www.316lurecompany.com/images/lures/7_5trout/Ayu.jpg

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#3 Nov-06-10 5:50AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
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Re: 11/5, Potomac River (DC) report

That picture is nice but it does not do the lure justice....very real looking in the water....and HUGE!


Time to go fishin' again!

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#4 Nov-08-10 4:11AM

ComeOnFish
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Registered: Sep-30-10
Posts: 199

Re: 11/5, Potomac River (DC) report

Nice Report!

Can you tell me the valid fishing licenses at the place?

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#5 Nov-08-10 4:58AM

Curly
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Registered: Mar-15-10
Posts: 4799

Re: 11/5, Potomac River (DC) report

ComeOnFish wrote:

Nice Report!

Can you tell me the valid fishing licenses at the place?

DC license only.


Hell or High Water...........I'm Fishin!!   big_smile

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#6 Nov-08-10 5:01AM

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

Re: 11/5, Potomac River (DC) report

Curly wrote:

ComeOnFish wrote:

Nice Report!

Can you tell me the valid fishing licenses at the place?

DC license only.

Non-resident license is $13 for the year.....you can get it online.


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#7 Nov-08-10 8:15AM

Rob
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Registered: Mar-05-10
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Re: 11/5, Potomac River (DC) report

Mo looks strange when not in scrubs.
Nice fish.

Tidal basin has not been fishing too well with a fly rod recently. Fish have not been active during tidal changes and there is a ton of garbage on the river side of the gates that is blocking water flow.

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#8 Nov-08-10 8:30AM

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

Re: 11/5, Potomac River (DC) report

Rob wrote:

Tidal basin has not been fishing too well with a fly rod recently. Fish have not been active during tidal changes and there is a ton of garbage on the river side of the gates that is blocking water flow.

The gates to the WC never opened up....it was like a lake back through there.

Sometimes I mark a ton of fish in the 20-25' water in the channel. I have always wanted to dredge a sinking line down through there with a nice deceiver while on a drift. Saturday would have been perfect with the wind and tide going out....kinda like trolling the fly!

Just sayin'.....


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#9 Nov-12-10 12:57PM

Salmo
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Registered: May-05-10
Posts: 72

Re: 11/5, Potomac River (DC) report

I love the new swimbait craze.  I have a bunch myself.  What is that one and where can I get it?

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#10 Nov-12-10 3:24PM

Thai
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From: Alexandria
Registered: Dec-07-09
Posts: 503

Re: 11/5, Potomac River (DC) report

Salmo wrote:

I love the new swimbait craze.  I have a bunch myself.  What is that one and where can I get it?

That is a 3:16 Wake Jr. only a few colors are left on their site, they make limited runs and once they're out it'll be some time before a new batch is made since all baits are handmade. The wake Jr. will run you 89.99 on their site

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