Friday, June 29, 2012

Tidal Potomac River bass are crazy about every lure you cast

Dick Fox says you'll have to guess where he caught his bass
Front Royal, Va., fisherman Dick Fox occasionally leaves the mountain country to come down to the tidal Potomac and he very rarely regrets it. Dick says he and a friend caught a bunch of largemouths in the river, none of them weighing less than 3 pounds each. They pitched jigs to various types of cover and it paid off big-time.

Andy Andrzejewski with one of 51 bass
Bass guide Andy Andrzejewski holds up one of 51 bass he and former Maryland freshwater fisheries chief, Bob Lunsford, caught in a feeder creek to the Potomac. They used worms, spinnerbaits, topwater poppers. They fished somewhere to the south of the Marshall Hall boat ramp.

Bob Lunsford was happy with all the bass he and Andy caught
That's Bob Lunsford, one of the best guys to ever have worked for the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources. Now he's retired and enjoying the waters of the upper tidal Potomac River. He had no trouble hooking bass.

Andrzejewski and Lunsford are kind of secretive about the name of the creek they caught 51 bass in, but maybe you can recognize the fallen tree behind Andy. The bass he's showing us hung out inside its waterlogged branches.

La Plata's Joe Facchina mentioned that the bass fishing has really perked up. The 5-pounder he's holding here seems to prove as much. He wouldn't say where he fished and what he used.


The picture and caption of what appears to be a record-size white perch comes from the latest issue of the Outdoor Report, a Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries publication that covers the world of hunting, fishing and conservation news.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Summertime and snakeheads, perch and rockfish are biting

James Pettytown and a 5-lb. snakehead
from a lake at the Chesapeake Ranch Club
From the Tackle Box in Lexington Park, Md., owner Ken Lamb is waxing poetic by sending a report that begins with, "Summertime and the fishing is easy. Fish are jumping and the bluefish are nigh. Your daddy doesn't have to be rich for your Mama to catch good looking white perch, so hush little baby channel bass, don't you cry (you're under the limit and they have to be put back) -- with apologies to George Gershwin." 

Hey, at least Ken knows not to quit his day job. He'll keep it and then continue by reporting that the rockfish are in the Potomac River from Ragged Point up to Sandy Point. They are 18 to 24 inches long and itching to hit small, trolled bucktails. "These fish break occasionally and you can throw lures to them," says Ken.
 
 
More striped bass can be found about two miles below the Bay Bridge and they have refused to move for about three weeks, according to Ken. Some of them can weigh up to 20 pounds, although typical sizes are more in the 2- and 3-pound range. It is hoped that these stripers will head south soon. Meanwhile, scattered rockfish can be found at the mouths of creeks and surface poppers, jerkbaits, Sassy Shads and bucktails can be cast at them, especially when tides are falling.

Chris LeVelle and a 10 lb. snakehead

Bluefish are in the Mud Leads where trollers caught them on surgical eel lures this week. The blues are 2 to 4 pounds in weight and, hopefully, they'll move up to the Hooper's Island Lighthouse soon.
 
 
Croakers were more consistent in the Chesapeake Bay this week for night fishermen. The rhythm of tide and moon phase has allowed the fish to bite at sunset instead of midnight and beyond like they did last week.  

The hardheads are smaller in the Bay, averaging 11 to 14 inches.  The bigger fish in the 20-inch range have yet to show up. The Potomac offers excellent croaker chances in the the mouth of the St. Mary's River, and up as far as the college. 
Johnny and Jacob Caldwell show off stripers and white perch
   
Meanwhile, white perch fishing is excellent everywhere. The creeks and rivers are full of perch who will take small lures and spinners, or most any kind of bait, such as loodworms, peeler, shrimp, squid.  There is an abundance of tiny channel bass (A.K.A. redfish and red drum) in the creeks. These tiny reds with that distinguishing spot on the tail are undersized (18 inches is the minimum), so be careful releasing them to grow into the 50 pound giants of the future.

Spotted sea trout are found from the Honga River south to Tangier. Skilled fishermen catch plenty of specks in the 15- to 24-inch range.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Christy sent us the latest Chesapeake news from Buzz's Marina

Steve Helmrich and spotted sea trout, caught on colorful plastics
Christy Henderson who, with her hubby Mike, runs Buzz's Marina down in Ridge, in St. Mary's County, Md., sent the latest news from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in her neck of the woods. She also enclosed a photo of Steve Helmrich, who lives in Lexington Park, and the fine mess of spotted sea trout he caught in the Tangier Island area yesterday.

"Steve was using brightly colored plastics when he caught all those specks," said Christy, who also mentioned that Helmrich had tried to nail a flounder or two, but was unsuccessful, although some Eastern Shore flounder hunters are beginning to score nicely.

Christy said that husband Mike bottom-fished the Southwest Middlegrounds of the Bay last night and hooked a bunch of Norfolk spot that came in all sizes, from small up to 9 inches. "He also caught a lot of needlefish," said Christy, "and there was a slow to steady pick of bluefish and croakers, but [those species were] not on fire. Another guy fished overnight on [the western side of the Bay near St. Jerome's Creek] and he got as many croakers as they could catch, but they were small." 

By the way, if the fishing appears to be slow in the lower Maryland parts of the Bay, Mike Henderson might have an answer. He saw a number of dolphins and they can wreak havoc on fish schools, as you can imagine.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Don't you just love it when girls are interested in bass fishing?

Gracie Moon went fishing
Here's my grand-niece, Gracie Moon, the daughter of my  nephew Mike Moon. Gracie and her dad went bass fishing on a private pond in Comer, Ga. If you look real hard, take a gander at the size of the plastic worm that Gracie used to catch the bass. I'll ask Mike to make sure the fish is turned broad-side the next time so we can see it a little better.

I love it when girls express a desire to go fishing (any kind of fishing). In fact, not nearly enough women bug the men to take them along. Gracie, who is 13, likes fishing. My daughter, Sheri, loves it, and so does my wife, Margaret.

Good show, Gracie!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

It pays to fish the wee hours when temperatures are in the 90s

Marty Magone with an early hour 4-pounder at Lake Gaston, Va.
When the mercury climbs into the 90s and it's hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk or the hood of your pickup truck, the best time to go fishing is right at daybreak. Get your fishing in quickly and quit before you have to wring the sweat from your T-shirt. 

That's what our friend Marty Magone did this morning in his home waters, Lake Gaston, Va.  He sent this self-portrait of angler and bass, saying, "My boat would not start this morning so I was forced [to use the trolling motor] and go to the grass beds in the back of Great Creek. Lo and behold the fish gods felt sorry me. I caught 14 bass in the grass mats using a Rico lure --- and all before 0730." (He likes to use military terms regarding the time. Just look at his hat. Do I need to say any more about the branch of service he was in? He'll be a full-blooded Marine until the day he dies, which I hope won't happen for the next 40 years or so. I believe Marty is in his late 60s now. He looks pretty good for a senior citizen, doesn't he?)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Commercial netters may get some new rules to live by

Brad Burns, the president of the multi-state Stripers Forever group sent us the following:

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is accepting written public testimony on the draft Addendum III to Amendment 6 of the Striped Bass Management Plan.  If the options in the addendum recommended by the ASMFC Law Enforcement Committee are approved, all states with existing commercial fisheries will be required to have a tagging program and the rules of these programs will be tightened up in a number of important areas. The goal will be to have all states following the same requirements. Massachusetts, the state with the largest coastal commercial fishery, currently has no tagging program for commercial fishermen or dealers.

In Stripers Forever testimony we point out that, although we believe all commercial fishing for striped bass should be eliminated, there are still states that do allow it, and as long as they do, the resource should have the greatest protection possible.  Accordingly we have offered our comments as called for in the public input request.

We urge all of our members to submit their own testimony. The deadline for testimony is July 13. You can do that in an e-mail to this address: ktaylor@asmfc.org and if you want to e-mail Stripers Forever, send it to stripers@whatifnet.com

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nearly 25% of hunters have lost land that once was available

When asked in a HunterSurvey.com poll if access to any of the places they tried to hunt in the past year had been restricted or placed off limits to them, some 23 percent of hunters said it had. These statistics continue to reveal that nearly one in four sportsmen nationwide is potentially affected by losing access to available hunting land.

“Finding a place to hunt remains one of the biggest challenges to hunters and hunter recruitment” says Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, a national organization that designs and conducts the surveys at HunterSurvey.com. “As available lands for hunting diminish or change ownership, some hunters will inevitably grow frustrated and pursue other activities.” Indeed, more than half (52 percent) of those respondents who admitted to losing access to a hunting location said their time spent hunting last year was reduced as a result — a seven percent increase over the previous year — while 11 percent said the lost land kept them from hunting altogether. Only seven percent of those respondents said they acquired access to another property where they were able to hunt more than planned.

Southwick pointed to the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP), which was part of the 2008 Farm Bill in the U.S. Congress, as a key example of programs designed to improve access to hunting and fishing lands and waters. VPA-HIP was intended to provide three years of funding to augment state land access programs that provide incentives for private landowners to open their lands to hunting and fishing. However, the program ended prematurely due to federal budget cuts.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Of largemouth bass and stopping at a place that serves crab soup

Bass fishing guide Andy Andrzejewski (301/932-1509) has been whacking the largemouths in a certain grass bed of a feeder creek to the tidal Potomac. He's using Berkley RibWorms and the bass love it.

The fellow fishing with Andy is Virginian, Marty "Scuppy" Magone. Marty specializes in guessing fish weights. The bass he's holding here will be guessed to tip the scale at 14 pounds. Hey, he's only having a little fun.

When the fishing was done around noon, the two friends went across the river to the Prince William County, Va., side and tied the boat up at Tim's River Shore Restaurant where they ordered crab soup. Of course, Marty had a fit when the waiter didn't understand his request -- nay, demand -- for complimentary crackers. Eventually, though, Marty received enough to keep him quiet.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Virginia's offshore waters turn up fine tunas and amberjacks

Virginia Beach's Larry Lusk shows off one of the yellowfin tunas he and several friends caught in the offshore waters, east of the Virginia coast. Talk has it that this is turning into a super year for the yellowfins.

An unidentified angler fished the offshore South Tower and came up with fighting-tough amberjacks. This is just one of a number that was landed.

That's Wes Blow, a well-known offshore fisherman from the Virginia Beach area. Here, Wes is holding a large amberjack, also taken in the South Tower vicinity.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Somebody complained, so here are the Maryland fishing records


Division
Species
Weight
Angler
Date Caught
Location Caught
Atlantic
Albacore (longfin)
74 lbs.
Victor W. Gardner II
7/17/2004
Baltimore Canyon
Atlantic
Atlantic Spadefish
11 lbs. 6.5 oz
Noel Lohr
9/2/2004
Triple Wrecks
Atlantic
Black Seabass
8lbs.
Hayward Madison
6/1/1978
Jackspot
Atlantic
Bluefish
23 lbs., 8 oz
Lillian Morris
10/30/1974
Assateague Island
Atlantic
Cobia
72 lbs.
Chris Toner
7/25/2009
Great Gull Shoal
Atlantic
Dolphin
67 lbs., 8 oz
Kim Lawson
7/21/1985
53 Miles Off Ocean City
Atlantic
Drum, Black
79 lbs.
Stanley Ilyes
9/7/1985
Bass Grounds
Atlantic
Drum, Red
70 lbs.
Robert Light
9/24/1977
Assateague Island
Atlantic
False Albacore
22 lbs., 8 oz
Kevin Sheckells
6/25/1995
Third Lump
Atlantic
Flounder, Summer
17 lbs.
Anthony Vacari
10/3/1974
Assateague Island
Atlantic
Flounder, Winter
4 lbs., 7 oz.
Jeremy Kuhn
8/3/2006
Ocean City
Atlantic
King Mackerel
47 lbs.
Gerald Kauffman
10/18/1985
Big Gulf
Atlantic
Kingfish
2 lbs., 8 oz
Grace Walker
10/1/1975
Assateague Island
Atlantic
Marlin, Blue
1,062 lbs.
Robert Farris
8/7/2009
Baltimore Canyon
Atlantic
Porgy
6 lbs., 3 oz
Pearl Hopple
7/4/1966
Fenwick Shoal
Atlantic
Shark, Black Tip
193 lbs.
Brian Zysk
8/4/1991
Ocean City
Atlantic
Shark, Blue
280 lbs.
Martin Waltman
9/13/1997
Ocean City
Atlantic
Shark, Dogfish, Smooth
15 lbs., 5 oz.
Gregg Bacchien
5/22/1993
Ocean City
Atlantic
Shark, Dogfish, Spiny
11 lbs., 8 oz.
Meyels Sampson
5/17/1993
Ocean City
Atlantic
Shark, Dusky
469 lbs.
Jim Liberto
7/1/1982
Ocean City
Atlantic
Shark, Great White
467 lbs.
Jack Holmes
6/11/1992
Ocean City
Atlantic
Shark, Hammerhead, Scalloped
254 lbs.
Jamie Gill
8/5/2009
Massey's Canyon
Atlantic
Shark, Hammerhead, Smooth
375 lbs.
George Wilson Ford V
6/17/2004
Parking Lot
Atlantic
Shark, Mako
876 lbs.
Jim Hughes
6/20/2009
Poormans Canyon
Atlantic
Shark, Sand Tiger
334 lbs
Billy Leidner
9/8/1983
Ocean City
Atlantic
Shark, Sandbar
235 lbs
Mark Sampson
7/8/1983
Ocean City
Atlantic
Shark, Thresher
642 lbs.
Brent Applegit
6/19/2009
The Fingers
Atlantic
Shark, Tiger
1,210 lbs.
Grace Czerniak
7/9/1983
Ocean City
Atlantic
Sheepshead
17 lbs. 8 oz.
Raymond Daniel
7/25/2004
Ocean City Inlet
Atlantic
Spotted Seatrout
13 lbs.
Jack Miller
8/21/1973
Sinepuxent Bay
Atlantic
Striped Bass
57.2 lbs
Gary Smith
5/6/2006
Assateague Island
Atlantic
Tautog
20 lbs., 11 oz.
Sam Beauchamp
3/11/2007
Ocean City Artificial Reef
Atlantic
Tilefish, Blueline
17 lbs. 7oz.
Brendan Hoffman
10/9/2011
Baltimore Canyon
Atlantic
Tilefish, Golden
62 lbs.
Steve Doctor
10/22/2009
Baltimore Canyon
Atlantic
Tuna, Bigeye
375 lbs., 8 oz
Cecil Browne
8/26/1977
Ocean City
Atlantic
Tuna, Blackfin
32 lbs.
Bob Zang
9/20/1998
30 Fathom Line
Atlantic
Tuna, Bluefin
625 lbs.
James Daniels, IV
8/3/1975
45 Miles East Of Ocean City
Atlantic
Tuna, Yellowfin
236.5 lbs.
Mark Bennett
9/22/2002
Washington Canyon
Atlantic
Wahoo
111 lbs.
Christian Tiller
10/8/2003
Poor Man's Canyon
Atlantic
Weakfish
16 lbs.
Donald Cannon
9/11/1976
Ocean City Inlet
Atlantic
White Marlin
135 lbs.
George Pierson
8/29/1980
Poor Man's Canyon
Chesapeake
Atlantic Spadefish
10 lbs.
Charlie Barron
7/15/2007
Buoy 72
Chesapeake
Black Drum
103 lbs., 8 oz
Robert Messik Jr.
9/23/1973
Buoy #16
Chesapeake
Bluefish
22lbs.
Thomas R. Talbott
5/8/1991
Chesapeake Beach
Chesapeake
Bluefish
22 lbs.
John Davidson
10/18/1979
Off Queen Anne Marina
Chesapeake
Bluefish
22lbs.
Ronald Raffo
5/31/1986
Hackett's Point
Chesapeake
Carp
44 lbs., 6 oz
Jimmy Lake
4/28/1978
Morgantown Beach
Chesapeake
Catfish, Blue
80 lbs., 12 oz
Shawn Wetzel
2/23/2012
Tidal Potomac River
Chesapeake
Catfish, Channel
29 lbs., 10 oz
Kevin Kern
4/26/1997
Mattawoman Creek
Chesapeake
Chain Pickerel
6lbs., 8 oz
James Grant
5/19/1965
Susquehanna River
Chesapeake
Cobia
97 lbs., 12 oz
John Scheifele
9/12/1969
Middle Grounds
Chesapeake
Crappie
4lbs.
Sid Stollings
3/30/2007
Dundee Creek
Chesapeake
Croaker
6.52 lbs.
Russell Knapp
9/4/2006
Point Lookout
Chesapeake
Flounder, Summer
15 lbs.
Kenneth Grimes
10/14/1978
Buoy #50
Chesapeake
Hickory Shad
4 lbs.
John Schaeffer Jr.
7/23/1971
Susquehanna River
Chesapeake
Largemouth Bass
11.18 lbs.
Justin Riley
1/26/2008
Potomac River
Chesapeake
Longnose Gar
17 lbs.
Justin Kelley
7/31/2011
Pocomoke River
Chesapeake
Norfolk Spot
2 lbs.
Parlett Moore
9/5/1978
Tangier Sound
Chesapeake
Red Drum
74 lbs., 6 oz
Earnest Hutchinson
5/15/1977
Tangier Sound
Chesapeake
Rock Bass
1 lb
Timothy A. Adams
5/4/1997
Susquehanna River
Chesapeake
Sheepshead
13 lbs.
Margaret L. Taylor
6/11/2006
Tangier Sound
Chesapeake
Smallmouth Bass
6 lbs.
Charles Janes
7/23/1979
Susquehanna River
Chesapeake
Spanish Mackerel
12.4 lbs.
Dean Mitchell
10/6/2007
Middle Grounds
Chesapeake
Spotted Seatrout
16 lbs., 6 oz
John Phillips
5/15/1977
Roaring Point
Chesapeake
Striped Bass
67 lbs., 8 oz
Devin Nolan
5/13/1995
Bloody Point
Chesapeake
Tautog
9 lbs.
Gary Halbeisen
10/29/2005
Point Lookout
Chesapeake
Weakfish
16 lbs., 8 oz
Wayne Lappe
5/8/1979
Nanticoke River
Chesapeake
White (american) Shad*
8 lbs., 2 oz
Vance Carter
5/3/1975
Wicomico River
Chesapeake
White Perch
2 lbs., 10 oz
Sid Stollings
5/18/1979
Dundee Creek
Chesapeake
Yellow Perch
2 lbs., 3 oz
Niles Pethel
11/21/1979
Marsh Creek
Freshwater
Bass, Largemouth
11 lbs., 2 oz
Rodney Cockrell
10/4/1983
Farm Pond
Freshwater
Bass, Smallmouth
8 lbs., 4 oz
Gary Peters
10/4/1974
Liberty Reservoir
Freshwater
Bluegill
3 lbs., 7 oz
Sarah Brenneman
8/9/1998
Deep Creek Lake
Freshwater
Carp
47 lbs., 8 oz
Wayne Longenecker
6/11/1997
Frederick County Farm Pond
Freshwater
Catfish, Bullhead
3 lbs. 6oz
Zelijko Koretic
8/11/2007
Loch Raven Reservoir
Freshwater
Catfish, Channel
27.92 lbs.
Steven Trent Abell
7/5/2004
Upper Potomac River
Freshwater
Chain Pickerel
7 lbs. 4 oz
Roy Molick, Sr.
11/27/1976
Johnson Pond
Freshwater
Crappie
4 lbs. 7 ozs
Jason D. Morrison
5/30/2004
Farm Pond
Freshwater
Muskellunge
31 lbs. 12 oz
Kenneth Files
4/14/2011
Potomac River
Freshwater
Northern Pike
24 lbs., 12 oz
Shawn Jacobson
10/16/1999
Deep Creek Lake
Freshwater
Perch, White
1.62 lbs
John Williams
4/5/2008
Loch Raven Reservoir
Freshwater
Perch, Yellow
3 lbs., 5 oz
Philip Deere IV
3/12/2006
Harford County Farm Pond
Freshwater
Redear Sunfish
2 lbs., 5 oz
Vittie Alkocius
6/4/1985
Gilbert Run
Freshwater
Rock Bass
1 lb., 8 oz
Earl Jenkins IV
3/22/2010
Thurmont Farm Pond
Freshwater
Striped Bass
47 lbs, 2 oz
Robert Bruce
9/14/2000
Liberty Reservoir
Freshwater
Tiger Muskellunge
29 lbs, 4.75 oz
Kevin Conner
2/14/1997
Dam # 5
Freshwater
Trout, Brook
6lbs., 1.75 oz
Mike Fiorita, Jr.
4/10/1999
North Branch Of The Potomac River Below Randolph Dam
Freshwater
Trout, Brown
18 lbs., 3 oz
Gary Kuhn
8/3/2001
North Branch Of Potomac At Barnum
Freshwater
Trout, Cutthroat
7 lbs. 9 oz
David G. Martin
5/20/2000
North Branch Of Potomac At Barnum
Freshwater
Trout, Rainbow
14 lbs., 3 oz
Dave Schroyer
10/21/1987
Savage River Reservoir
Freshwater
Walleye
14 lbs., 4 oz
John McCarley
5/16/1998
Jennings Randolph Reservoir
Freshwater
Warmouth
9.76 oz
Don Perantoni
8/7/2009
Cash Lake

Here are two U.S. Senators who deserve the backing of hunters

U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) have filed an historic package of sportsmen's bills as an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill that includes the National Shooting Sports Foundation's top legislative priority, the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act, which would clarify that ammunition is excluded from regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act, in addition to keeping many public lands open to recreational hunting.

Anti-hunting groups led by the Center for Biodiversity are suing the EPA to force a ban on traditional ammunition made with lead components that would devastate hunting and shooting sports participation and conservation funding. Championed by the bipartisan Senate co-chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, the package has the strong support of the NSSF and partner organizations such as the NRA, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, the Boone and Crockett Club and numerous other sportsmen and conservation groups. Comprising 16 separate pieces of legislation, the package includes the vast majority of the firearms and ammunition industry's legislative priorities for the 112th Congress.

Monday, June 11, 2012

This Pennsylvania business offers trophy bucks in a wild way

Can you imagine what this buck will look like this fall and winter?
Some folks who have too little time to scout for deer and perhaps spend a week sitting in a deer stand, hoping something will happen, might want to check out a web site, which is all about a world class trophy buck whitetailed deer hunting and deer breeding facilty located in the central Pennsylvania Allegheny Mountains. www.dannerholzwhitetails.com will take you there.

The web site says, "Our whitetail deer ranch consists of wooded mountain terrain with numerous food plots, ponds, and thick cover throughout. The food plots of clover, alfalfa, corn and brassicas provide a nutritional program to ensure not only big healthy deer, but also trophy bucks with large racks."

Could this be "Old Broccoli Head" a few years from now?
It is fun looking at the web site. My friend Jeff "Bo" Bohlman says he's never seen anything like it simply because the place sits in wild surroundings. It is not a run-of-the-mill, rubber-stamped hunting preserve. 

During a visit, Jeff shot a few photos to show me of what is to come in the weeks and months ahead.

Go to www.dannerholzwhitetails.com and see for yourself.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Virginia freshwater fishing records. It could happen to you if . . .

A record fish for you? It could happen. Carry along this chart and a small scale. You never know.  It might turn out to be the conversation piece of your fishing days in Virginia.
Species Weight Location Date Angler
Largemouth Bass 16 lbs. 4 oz. Connor Lake 05-20-1985 Richard Tate
Smallmouth Bass 8 lbs. 1 oz. New River 03-12-2003 Donald S. Eaton, Jr.
Spotted Bass 4 lbs. 7 oz. Claytor Lake 03-10-2012 Rod Kegley
Sunfish (all) 4 lbs. 12 oz. Private Pond 04-28-1986 Michael Mills
Crappie 4 lbs. 10 oz. Private Pond 04-24-1994 Justin Elliott
Roanoke Bass 2 lbs. 9 oz. Western Branch Reservoir 05-28-2005 Harry G. Swauger
Rock Bass 2 lbs. 2 oz. Laurel Bed Lake 05-17-1986 Larry Ball
Striped Bass 53 lbs. 7 oz. Leesville Reservoir 03-16-2000 James B. Davis
Hybrid Striped Bass 13 lbs. New River 05-13-2009 Robert Rakes
White Bass 6 lbs. 13 oz. Lake Orange 07-31-1989 Ron Sprouse
White Perch 2 lbs. 8 oz. Lake Prince 04-30-1995 Jimmy A. Roper
Walleye 15 lbs. 15 oz. New River 12-15-2000 Anthony P. Duncan
Sauger 3 lbs. Clinch River 04-24-2010 Ronald C. Davis
Yellow Perch 3 lbs. Flannagan Reservoir 03-08-2010 George Mullins
Brown Trout 14 lbs. 12 oz. South Fork Holston 05-24-1990 Mike Perkins
Rainbow Trout 14 lbs. 7 oz. Greers Pond 06-28-1993 Michael Lowe
Brook Trout 5 lbs. 10 oz. Big Stony Creek 10-22-1987 Greg Orndorff
Channel Catfish 31 lbs. 8 oz. Rappahannock River 10-02-1992 Sue Stanley
Blue Catfish 143 lbs. Buggs Island Lake 06-18-2011 Richard "Nick" Anderson
Flathead Catfish 66 lbs. 4 oz. Occoquan Reservoir 05-06-1994 Mike Willems
White Catfish 7 lbs. 6 oz. Western Branch Reservoir 03-24-1992 Thomas Elkins
Muskie (including Tiger) 45 lbs. 8 oz. New River 06-01-2007 Shannon Hill
Northern Pike 31 lbs. 4 oz. Motts Run Reservoir 07-24-1994 George Wood
Chain Pickerel 7 lbs. 10 oz. Lake Shawnee 12-31-1996 R. L. White
Carp 49 lbs. 4 oz. Lake Prince 06-25-1986 Jeff Graham
Gar 25 lbs. 2 oz. Lake Prince 05-28-1987 Roger Beaver
Bowfin 16 lbs. 8 oz. Lake Cahoon 10-17-2004 John Plyler, Jr.
Freshwater Drum 22 lbs. 6 oz. Kerr Reservoir 08-03-2008 Michael Dan Fuller

Friday, June 8, 2012

Strictly for bluegill and crappie fanatics and it comes from Berkley

Check out Berkley's new panfish goodies in your local tackle shop
Chances are that the very first fish you ever caught was a bluegill --- was it not?

With me and millions of other anglers, that first fish formed the beginning of a love affair that has never waned over the decades. To this day, I continue to enjoy hooking a feisty sunfish --- and if you do it on suitably light tackle, it can be surprisingly satisfying.

With that obviously on their minds, the Berkley people of the world's biggest tackle company, Pure Fishing, have introduced both line and bait to give an edge to panfish fanatics.

Check with your fishing store and see if they've begun stocking something known as the "Atomic Mite" and the "Atomic Fly" (both in 1/32-oz. and 1/16-oz. weights in a host of colors). Berkley also has come up with a little jar that is filled with "Fat Floating Trout Worms" that are bathed in "Gulp! Alive." Do you think that only trout will inhale these worms? No way. A fat sunfish --- be it a bluegill, a pumpkinseed, or a shellcracker --- will gobble up these juicy offerings, I'll wager.

For crappie hunters, look for the new "PowerBait Ripple Shad," a terrific 2-inch-long, flap-tailed beauty that with, or without, a bobber will have the crappies going bonkers. It comes in a variety of colors and the Firetiger color I'm checking out now will do a great job. The same thing goes for the new Gulp! 2-inch "Crawler"  that looks just like a nightcrawler. It is sure to be a hit. And what do you tie the lures to? Naturally, it will be super-strong Berkley Trilene XL Armor Coated line in 4- or 6-pound test.