When you're looking for a good spot to fish in a suburban environment it pays to seek out ponds that other anglers might overlook. Brett caught the bass pictured below in a pond I'd spotted from the outfield at a Leesburg area baseball diamond. A closer look told me that the pond was holding good numbers of fish.
"You'll catch one on your first cast," I told Brett as we drove there one evening earlier this summer.
Sure enough, a chunky blue gill hit his night crawler as soon as it hit the water. Brett caught so many bluegill and sunfish that he got bored, so I took the opportunity to show him how to Texas rig and fish with a rubber worm.
That was when he started catching bass.
A few weeks later Fredy, a friend from work, told me he'd been fishing from the banks of the Potomac all summer with no success. Over Labor Day weekend, I clued him in to my secret spot behind the baseball field.
Fredy was amazed at the number and size of the fish he caught in this little pond that many would dismiss as a storm drain.
One more tip: if you're fishing at a public park that closes at dark, don't expect anyone to come looking for you before the gates are shut. Brett and I stayed a little too long and found ourselves trapped in the park!
My boys and I, along with their granddad and cousin, had another great fishing trip with Bayquest Fishing a couple weeks ago. We limited out on bluefish and everyone had a great time fishing with Captain David Rowe and his young mate Jacob.
We caught most of the blues early in the morning, giving the boys a chance to relax during the hottest part of the day and take in the scenery along the banks of the Potomac River.
Brett was beat by about noon.
We didn't realize just how big our catch was until we laid the fish out on the dock at Lewisetta Marina.
Captain Dave fishes out of Lottsburg on Virginia's Northern Neck. He's a really nice guy who knows how to find the fish and is especially great with kids. This is our second year fishing on the Bayquest, and we will definitely go back as soon as we can.
My three sons, several family members and myself fished with Bayquest last Friday and had a great day of catching fish on the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac.
Captain David Rowe and mate Jacob are a lot of fun to fish with and very patient and encouraging with kids. All of us - Jake, Brett, Nick; cousins Tom and Drew; uncles Tom and Frank and Tom's father-in-law/our hunt club buddy Al had a great time. I was super impressed by the determination Captain Rowe and Jacob showed in finding fish. It was also great to see that when we did get on fish the captain and mate seemed as excited as we were, even though they've done this almost daily for years!
Lottsburg is a pleasant drive of about 2.5 hours from the heart of northern Virginia. The boys and I stayed at the nearby Northern Neck Inn, which I would also highly recommend. Give Captain Rowe a call at (804)529-6725 to book your trip.
Captain Todd Beck of Knot Wish'n Custom Charters in Virginia Beach told us that the Spanish mackeral Nick caught was the biggest he'd seen all season.
On the same half-day inshore trip, Jake checked another one of his top goals as an outdoorsman off the list when he landed this black tip shark.
Meanwhile, Sean was eager for me to post a picture of his cobia.
I hope to publish some more pictures and stories from our Sandbridge trip in the next few days. But I will take the opportunity right now to thank Captain Todd and mate Danny for a great morning of fishing. We landed five species of fish, saw some Navy SEALS motor past us and generally had a great time. These guys know how to find the fish and work very well with kids. Danny brims with enthusiasm, which makes the experience a lot more fun, especially for the youngsters.
Next time you're in Virginia Beach, you should definitely give Captain Todd a call for a half or full day of great fishing!
Hunting has ground to a halt for me in recent weeks as it often does at the end of the statwide deer season. I always talk a lot about goose hunting, and doe hunting, which is legal in my county through March, crosses my mind, but the truth is I rarely make it to the field in January.
One reason for that is that by January I'm sick of cold weather. This winter has been colder than normal since early December, and I've had more than enough of it.
I'm ready for some warm weather and a fishing rod.
Just got back from a week in the Outer Banks. We planned the trip on the spur of the moment, deciding to do it the morning before we left and booking the house about 12 hours before we got on the road.
I took a lot of pictures with my Blackberry Storm, which is actually a pretty good camera. Unfortunately, the touch screen is frozen up right now, and I'm going to have to take it to the Verizon store today. I hope to be able to recover the photos, but, if not, I know the photographer in our group took plenty of good ones. . .
Some of the pictures I took were published in previous blog posts. Others were published on my DC Outdoorsman Examiner page on Examiner.com. This is a new writing gig that I got just before leaving my trip, so the first four articles I wrote all focus on fishing while on vacation in the Outer Banks. Examiner.com encourages its writers to post 3-4 articles per week, which will be a little tougher now that I'm home and not fishing every day.
Still, I'm looking forward to the challenge and, hopefully, making some money from it. . .
That's right, Examiner.com does pay its writers. Later this week, I'll do a post detailing how I came to be an Examiner and how you can too if you're interested. . .
Meanwhile, it's back to work today. The whole employment dynamic in our household has changed dramatically over the last few weeks. I wrote about a month ago that I'm starting a business but still haven't gone into any detail on what that business is.