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This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Oct 13, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"Water temperatures are hovering in the mid 60s and the bass are taking advantage of the availability of crawfish. Grasses and marsh banks in the creeks continue to produce bass that are feeding on crawfish. A brownish color top water popper or grass frog is a good way to start the day. Follow up along grass edges with a crank bait in craw fish colors and then a swim jig or chatter bait. A rare snakehead may strike a white buzz frog. Large yellow perch can be found in grass beds in the creeks and will take the same baits as the bass. In the deeper grass free holes in some of the creeks, schools of white perch have taken up residence. A ½ ounce Crippled Herring spoon coated with Smelly Jelly fish attractant and jigged vertically under the boat will catch them, along with a few catfish and an occasional large carp."

Water Temperature: 65 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Oct 06, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"The creeks and marshes are full of crawfish and the bass as well as birds are feeding heavily on them. Look for terns diving over grass mats or sitting on marsh banks eating crawfish. We have observed crows and kingfishers feeding on the crawfish population also. Early morning bass still like a slowly worked top water popper. Once the sun is directly on the water we switch to wacky rigged stick worms in dark colors or a swim jig. Small shallow running crank baits like a Norman Baby N will draw strike also. Brown colors work well. We have caught bass up to five pounds working these crawfish laden areas. Large yellow perch are in the same areas taking advantage of the crawfish abundance. Some keeper size rockfish have discovered this crawfish bounty and are taking advantage of it while it last."

Water Temperature: 64 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


This report was submitted by National Bass Guide Service on Oct 01, 2014
Phone: 7033807119
Email: info@nationalbass.com

"OCTOBER 2014

Cooler temperatures are on the way. We should see a water temperature drop by months end to around 65, opening the tacklebox for most moving baits and topwaters. Buzzbaits, poppers, walkers, and wakers! Note, water warms in midday toward the evening providing a good topwater bite twice a day! Speed is key&Slower presentations in cooler mornings. Speed up as water warms to 70. Fish crowd available hard cover like docks and laydowns in shallow water as scattered grass in Broad, Swan, Piscataway, is breaking up. To see fish-holding cover, try HT lenses like Maui Jim PolarizedPlus ideal for low light to full sun conditions. The Wilson Bridge barges and pilings are great. Target structure like drops and edges around the Spoils, and Smoots (National Harbor).

Topwater action is great early under low light or in the evening. Start with a continuous pop, pop, pop of a Lucky Craft G-Splash, throw in pauses, and smaller twitches. During colder conditions, wait 10 seconds between pops. Watch baits carefully to note bass movement under your bait. A pull is better than a pop! Feathered hooks give you a second chance if fish blow up and miss. Replace with MUSTAD feathered Ultra Point trebles &also in RED!! Just reel to make feathers move slightly! Fish sometimes strike several times before they take baits. For rods, use a medium 6 foot 6 inch or even 7-foot rod to gain distance and leverage. Cooler water, try walking a Lucky Craft Gunfish. Wake baits like Manns WAKER are great fished at various speeds. Use a med/heavy rod with 30-pound test GAMMA Torque braid for best results in clear water over grass.

Buzzbaits with clackers, like Daves Tournament Tackle builds, draw strikes from quality bass in cover over grass clumps as tides fall, and after water warms through the day. Use a freely swinging trailer hooks like 2/0 Mustad Ultra Point. Manns HARDNOSE Swim Toad on a 5/0 Mustad Ultra Point swimbait hook is great over and around cover. The hard nose keeps the bait in place even in thick grass.

Cover depths with Carolina rigs with HardNose lizards on points or grass edges near deep water. Use a 3/4-ounce weight, Mustad Ultra Point Mega Bite hooks, and an 18-inch leader&sometimes shorter. Move baits with rod, dragging slowly, stopping to let baits cover drops. Bump cover, stop and let sit a few seconds. When you get a bite, sweep set. For the tough bite, try splitshotting smaller baits, lighter weights, line and tackle.

Target grass remnants with lipless crankbaits like Lucky Crafts LVR D-7 in shad patterns and firetiger in stained water. Because lipless crankbaits are notorious for big bass to throw, upgrade to Mustad Ultra Point KVD Triple Grip short shank trebles&go up a size. Cover water on long casts with a 7-foot medium action KVD Quantum composite with 12-pound test GAMMA EDGE Fluorocarbon line to rip baits free from grass.

Burning Manns Classic spinnerbaits, willow/Colorado combination and a white skirt, near cover produces hard strikes. When water warms, try double willow, faster retrieves. For clear water, use silver blades, gold for stained and a combo for in between. Bump cover and rip free from grass. At higher tides, its easier to work a 3/8-ounce and larger bait down to the grass.

As tides fall, work edges, clumps or isolated pieces of cover including docks with Mizmo Arkansas Craw and green pumpkin candy tubes soaked in garlic flavor Jacks Juice Texas rigged on Mustad 3/0 Ultra Point Tube hooks with 3/16 weights. In stained water, use black/blue with blue pepper tails or the new jig tube colors! Use Mizmo tubes with tube heads around bridge pilings and docks deeper than 5 feet on 10 pound test GAMMA Copoly, on spinning gear. With cooler temperatures following cold fronts, hop smaller profile baits like Manns avocado Stingray grub on 8-10 pound test GAMMA Copoly rigged on a 1/4-ounce head in ditches and in front of pads.

For drop shots use Manns 5-inch HardNose Finesse Worms on 3/0 Mustad wide gap Mega Bite hooks with 8-inch leaders. A 3/16-ounce Water Gremlin Bullshot weight is perfect in current on 10-pound test Copoly line. It has less resistance and sinks better, so I dont have to add heavier weight to keep it down in current. Make short pitches to pilings along sides and leave on slightly slack line. Shake as needed. Feel pressure; set the hook with a reel and pull.

Get to the bottom fast with heavier 1/2 or 3/4 ounce Black/Blue Manns Stone Jigs with Mizmos new Shredder Chunk with tube tails in bright blue. Metal rattles from Punisher Jigs, the loudest attachable rattle, inserted into chunks will not come off! Pitch to cover, occasionally shaking to attract a bass. Watch line for bites! Higher tides and sun are better for dock fishing. As tides fall, move to deeper pilings. At lower tides, fish are moving to scattered grass in deeper water. Search baits like Manns Baby 1-Minus and spinnerbaits are working in these spots. Remember; slow presentations in stained water! More speed in clearer water. Swim Stone jigs around grass, wood cover and docks!

Crank South Point, Smoots, Spoils, Fox Ferry, Hogg Island, Fort Washington, barges in Broad, around barges near the Wilson Bridge, pilings, and all hard cover. Cover different depths: Manns Baby X and for deeper spots Manns 15+ with a wide wobble on 12-pound test GAMMA EDGE Fluorocarbon. Sharp hooks are a must! Treble hooks are big in numbers, not big in bite, not holding in much of the fish. Line stretch and rod flexibility make it easier for fish to take baits and provide give needed to land fish hooked on trebles.

Captain Steve Chaconas"

Water Temperature: 70 degrees; Water clarity: 2 feet plus


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Sep 29, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"Water temperatures are cooler but patterns havent changed. Poppers around grasses and grass frogs over the grass mats will draw strikes for several hours in the morning. Afterwards, try pitching wacky rigged stick worms or creature baits into openings in the grass. Berkley power hawgs caught good bass when fished in head waters of creeks. Square bill crank baits and grubs caught bass from rocks. Crappie are starting to gather around boat docks and they like the standard artificial crappie tube coated with Smelly Jelly fish attractant."

Water Temperature: 69 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Sep 22, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"Start the morning off over and around grasses with a top water popper. Once the sun gets high on the water the bite slows dramatically. The bass are on a strong craw fish feed but seem reluctant to take plastic craw fish imitators. They will hesitantly respond to a very slowly fished wacky rigged stick worm fished in marsh runs, grass lined feeder streams and in the head waters of grass filled creeks. If the grass isnt producing, try small crank baits on rocks and wrecks as well as isolated wood cover. Finesse worms fished along drops in front of pad fields may turn a bass or two."

Water Temperature: 69 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Sep 15, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"Cool night time temperatures have dropped water temps into the mid 60s. Floating grasses from diminishing grass beds can complicate bait presentation. We have been concentrating our efforts for bass along grass lines in the creeks and feeder streams where we find concentrations of bait fish. On flood tides we move over the grass flats on days when a higher than normal tides allow us to fish these areas. A top water popper has been a good way to start the day. We follow up with wacky rigged stick worms and either a finesse worm in June bug color or a nine inch action tail plastic worm in red shad. Small, shallow running crank baits in brown craw colors also draw strikes. Isolated pieces of wood or the occasional dilapidated duck blind can produce bass also."

Water Temperature: 64 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Sep 09, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"Cooler nights have some surface grasses breaking up creating floating mats that can hinder fishing. Patterns remain the same. We look for grasses with signs of bait fish. Diving terns are a good indicator. Start with top water lures and depending on the depth of the grasses, use a shallow running crank bait or a spinner bait worked sub surface. Follow up with plastic worms or wacky rigged stick worms. Large yellow perch are showing up in the grass and they will hit a small crank bait."

Water Temperature: 79 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Sep 02, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"Get on the water at the crack of dawn and you should experience one or two good hours of top water action. We have been using Rico poppers along the edge of grass with three to five feet depths in front. Follow up with a shallow, wide wobbling, crank bait and then a four inch June bug color finesse worm or a fat nine inch worm in red shad or motor oil colors. After wards, try spatterdock fields with a chatter bait, crank bait or a swim jig."

Water Temperature: 84 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


This report was submitted by National Bass Guide Service on Sep 02, 2014
Phone: 7033807119
Email: info@nationalbass.com

"SEPTEMBER 2014
Finally a break in the heat&the nights are getting a bit longer to allow water to cool overnight, making early morning topwater bites even better! Its also a good time to put the pedal to the trolling motor and move with the fish. At lower tides, fish will position on outside grass edges and will move in with tides.

Starting with topwaters. Buzzbaits, with 2/0 Mustad Ultra Point stinger hooks on braid over grass and near docks and wood is a good choice. Try poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash&smaller and faster in clear water&work up in size. Start with natural colors and go darker. The subtle Lucky Craft G-Splash spits and has rattles. When water has a bit of chop or a bit stained, go to Aurora Gold. More chop; bigger Lucky Craft G-Splash 80. Shorter casts when fishing stained water and longer casts when water is calm and clear. Use a 7 Quantum KVD medium heavy action graphite rod. For clear calm conditions, walk a Lucky Craft Gunfish 115 anywhere around grass or wood. Replace worn feathered hooks with Mustad dressed Ultra Point Trebles: sharp and hand-tied with colorful feathers and reflective material adding light flash and action. Feathers pull together when moving baits, then open while sitting to get second chance bites. Try red hooks! Topwater bite can last all day.

Hollow frogs and soft plastic toads are great in thick grass. Manns HardNose SWIM TOADS stay on the hook much better and have a slightly bigger profile! Manns hollow frog Weasel has a diving lip to float over grass, or dip into the holes! Great choice&Throw both on braid. Manns new 10 HardNose snake can be worked on top or just below the surface with weighted Mustad swimbait hooks.

Manns Classic spinnerbaits and Baby 1-Minus work when topwaters slow.
Speed is key. Also, Manns Waker baits work over grass. Chop or stained water, cloud cover at higher tides, the 3/8-ounce Classic spinnerbait, willow/Colorado combination and a white skirt, burned around and near cover produces hard strikes. Faster Quantum Burner reels spooled with 17 or 20-pound GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon and a 7 medium heavy rod to cover wider areas. Bump and rip. At lowest tides, use 1/4-ounce Manns Classic with gold blades in all but the clearest water. For clear water, use double willow nickel blades and with firetiger skirts.

The lack of grass around the Woodrow Wilson Bridge has fish on bridge pilings and drops in and around Spoils, Smoot Bay (National Harbor), and the Fort Washington lighthouse. Fish might not be grouped; however, these spots replenish. Boat channels in grass around main river docks are target areas. Crank the Wilson Bridge, Fox Ferry, and Spoils. The Manns 15+ has a wide wobble. For shallower applications, the new Manns Baby X is perfect, coming through wood very well. On sunniest days, get tight to cover. With clouds, fish use cover as a current break. Fish will tell you where they are positioned and on what type of cover. Water temperatures range from 75 to 80+ degrees.

Backs of Swan, Piscataway, and Little Hunting Creeks are good spots to pitch plastics and jigs. Green pad beds around Mount Vernon hold fish. Wind blown mats hold fish too. Punch through grass canopy especially on sunny days. Get reaction strikes with a 1 to 1.5 ounce Round Valley Tungsten weight pegged. A 5/0 Mustad Flipping hook and 60lb GAMMA TORQUE braided line with a 76 Quantum Biffle flipping stick with a strong reel will get the big ones out! Maui Jim PolarizedPlus HT lens are ideal for low light to full sun conditions to help you see cover.

Drop shot bridge pilings, docks and deep grass edges with 12-18 inch leader. Using 10-pound test and 1/4-ounce BULLSHOT bullet shaped split shot weights, rig HardNose Finesse worms on 2/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks. Pitch and let settle on the bottom and gently shake. Find cover with your weight, leave to aggravate fish into biting.

Swim Manns HardNose 5 swimbaits on a 7/0 Mustad Ultra Point Swimbait hook with adjustable ¼ ounce weight to make any bait a good swimbait. Rip free from grass. Watch for bites on fall.

Split shot rigs on 10-pound test in deeper areas in front of the grass lines at falling tides and on hard bottom deeper areas. A 3/16-ounce Water Gremlin Bullshot bulletshaped split shot comes through cover well. Fluorocarbon lines like GAMMA EDGE help you feel bites and get baits down faster. Stickworms like 5-inch Manns HardNose Freefall worms work well rigged on a 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Mega Lite hook or wacky rigged...add 1/8-ounce weight to get to the bottom to dead stick! Slowly drag and stop! When you hit cover leave as long as you can!

Soaking Mizmo tubes in garlic Jacks Juice that penetrates plastic eliminates re-applying. Pitch Mizmo 4-inch Arkansas Craw tubes&green pumpkin with orange tails to grass edges, docks and scattered deeper grass. Quarter-ounce R&R Custom Baits insert tube heads provide the best open water action. In heaviest cover Texas rig 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Tube hooks with 1/8 or 3/16 BULLSHOT. Punisher Rattles can be attached to plastic chunks, jigs and to R&R insert tube heads for a rattle that wont come off Mizmo tubes! (www.punisherjigs.com).

Capt. Steve Chaconas, Potomac bass fishing guide, BoatUS Ask the Expert (http://my.boatus.com/askexperts/bassfishing/) Potomac River reports: nationalbass.com. Book trips/purchase gift certificates: info@NationalBass.com."

Water Temperature: 80 degrees; Water clarity: 2 feet plus


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Aug 26, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"Bass fishing remains slow on most days but by fishing a number of patterns throughout the day a decent catch can be made. Top water poppers over grasses are still a good way to start the day. Follow up in the same areas with a wacky rigged Senko type bait or a fat plastic worm. Spatterdock and Lotus pads in the creek can give up a few bass when a swimming jig is fished in these areas. We cast just a few feet inside the pads and swim the jig about five feet away from the pads before we let it drop to the bottom and hop it a few times before retrieving it. Lay downs, docks, rocks and wrecks can all be targeted to pick up a few swimmers. Crank baits and plastic worms or creature baits can produce. A chatter bait or spinner bait work through the sparse grasses at the outside edge of the grass mats on creek flats will turn a few bass and some catfish as well."

Water Temperature: 79 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


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