|Next spring and summer, I'm predicting this will be my new favorite area on the Potomac.|
|The sun's going down early this |
time of year. As is the smallmouth
I decided to hit The Community Pool but a bit downriver, a section I had not fished in almost two years. Lots of pools behind big rocks, but the river was really low and flowing fast in most places. I think I'll keep this area in mind for next year when the water/air temps are warmer.
Anyway, peppering shallow pools with a Whopper Plopper and Reaction Innovations Little Dipper, I didn't have any bites. Finally wading between the shore and a small island, I saw small sunfish scurrying away. I threw the swimbait downriver and had a fish hooked. But the fish escaped, but it flashed just below the surface and didn't look a smallmouth. Maybe a largemouth bass?
On the next cast into a different area, another hit. This time the fish stayed on until it was right at my feet. This one was definitely a green largemouth. But it also escaped.
|The one fish that wanted|
its picture taken.
I didn't hear the fish. I didn't see the fish. I just felt the fish tugging on the other end. Despite this, I instinctively set the hook, and it felt like a decent fish on the other end. Not huge but not a cookie cutter. The fish started to rise to the surface -- a typical smallmouth bass behavior -- and it made a boil ... and it managed to unhook itself.
A little bit later with the Campground tube working the bottom, I felt a peck on the other end and set the hook. This fish, this cookie-cutter fish, stayed on. At least it was something.
A couple other fish tried to slurp the Zara Puppy, but I think they were sunfish. Then I had what I thought was a hit on the tube, but it broke off. It was one of those things were it happened so fast, I wasn't sure if it was a fish or just the line wrapping around a rock.
|Interesting discovery mashed between a big rock.|