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This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Aug 18, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"The fishing remains slow on most days but when weather, tide, time and location all come together a decent catch can be made. Start the morning off with frogs, buzz baits or poppers over grasses to catch some early bass and then switch to a spinner bait or chatter bait once the top water bite slows. Follow those baits up with a fluke or senko type bait. As the day progresses we try hitting a variety of patterns with a fat nine inch plastic worm to collect a few more. Creek ledges, pads, lay downs, docks and rocks all deserve attention."

Water Temperature: 78 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Aug 11, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"We have experienced an improvement in the bass fishing with fair numbers of bass being caught. We are doing fairly well by fishing along the drops in front of grass beds. We start with a top water popper or a hard jerk bait during low light conditions and then switch to a plastic worm or craw type bait. A large, bulky type worm, like the nine inch Bass Pro Shops Triple Ripple worm in plum color was good to us this week. We see snakeheads tight against the shoreline under thick grasses but getting a lure to them is difficult. A plastic buzz frog will draw some strikes."

Water Temperature: 81 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Aug 04, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"It is believed that there are bass in the Tidal Potomac River. Finding proof of that fact can be challenging. On some days the bass fishing can only be described as dismal. Conditions dont seem to be improving from last week. If you find some bass we recommend you work the area over thoroughly. Attempting to run a pattern with the tide may only increase your gas bill. If bass are found, try using a larger bait instead of down sizing. We had our best results by super sizing to a ten inch creature bait fished in grasses to make a catch. No particular pattern seems to be the answer to the bass doldrums."

Water Temperature: 81 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


This report was submitted by National Bass Guide Service on Aug 03, 2014
Phone: 7033807119
Email: info@nationalbass.com

"AUGUST 2014
Bass generally prefer grass to wood in the same spot. Docks with grass best at high tides. At lower tides, bass move to grass. On sunniest days, get tight to cover. With clouds, the fish use cover as a current break. Milfoil edges and boat channels around the front of docks are targets. Crank to 4-6 feet around the Fort Washington lighthouse, South Point, Spoils, the Wilson Bridge and other deeper areas. Make repeated casts to good-looking spots. Fish will tell you where they are positioned and on what type of cover.

Water temperatures range from 85 and up! Cooler mornings are best for topwaters, but hollow frog bite at low tides anytime! Replace worn feathered popper hooks with Mustad dressed Ultra Point Trebles: sharp and hand-tied with colorful feathers and reflective material adding light, flash and action to topwaters and Manns Baby 1-Minus lures. Feathers pull together when moving baits, then open while sitting to get the second chance bite after misses. The slightest movement gets feathers moving. Try in red hooks!

Topwater tips for the Potomac&smaller/faster in clear water&start small and work up in size with natural colors and then go darker. 4 categories of top water popping baits. The subtle approach for clear water on calm days: Lucky Craft G-Splash spits and has rattles. When the water has a bit of a chop or is a bit stained, go to Aurora Gold. More chop go to bigger Lucky Graft G-Splash 80. Chop and stained water use the most intrusive top water of all, darker G-Splash 80. Make shorter casts when fishing muddy water and longer casts when the water is calm and clear. Use a 7 medium heavy action moderate fast tip Quantum Tour Edition graphite rod. For clear calm conditions, walk a Lucky Craft Gunfish around grass or wood. Move to spinnerbaits and Manns Baby 1-Minus when topwater bite slows. The Manns Waker in the larger size is perfect with enough water over grass!

If a fish misses topwaters, cast keep follow-up baits: watermelon and green pumpkin MIZMO Quiver Stix stick worms sprayed with Jacks Juice hooked wacky style with a 2/0 Mustad weedless wacky hook. (www.mustad.no) GAMMA EDGE 100% fluorocarbon line allows baits to fall more naturally.

Chop on the water, stained water, or cloud cover at higher tides, Manns Classic spinnerbait, willow/Colorado combination and a white skirt, burned around and near cover is producing hard strikes. A faster reel like the Quantum Burner spooled with 14 or 16-pound GAMMA EDGE line and 66 medium heavy rod is best for targeting close cover, or a 7 footer to cover open areas. Bump cover and rip free. At the lowest tides, use 1/4-ounce Manns Classic with gold blades in all but the clearest water. For clear water, use a nickel blade and double willow with firetiger skirts. Higher tides 3/8-ounce is easier to work deeper. No spinnerbait bite, go to crankbaits like Manns Baby 1-Minus, at lower tides work short casts around cover and grass clumps. Vary your retrieve. Here, you need a 7-foot medium action graphite rod with backbone to rip free from grass.

Fish pad edges and punch through grass mat canopies, especially on sunny days. Get reaction strikes with 1 to 1.25 ounce Round Valley Tungsten weights. A bobber stopper from Janns Netcraft will keep weights fixed to Manns HardNose Flippin Craws. A 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook and GAMMA TORQUE braid 60 pound test braided line with a flipping stick along with a strong Quantum reel will get big ones out!

Otherwise, you have to create commotion to get them to come up. Manns hollow soft Super Frog is perfect for this. I replace the rubber skirt with rabbit fur from Janns Netcraft and a drop of Pros Soft Bait Glue! Drop in 2 round glass rattles! Buzzbaits with stinger hooks work well over grass and wood. TORQUE helps hook-sets! I also like Manns HardNose Swim Toad in white, black green pumpkin, and watermelon, depending on water clarity and chop. The Mustad Swim Bait hooks work very well for these toads! The bayonet keeper and 60-degree bend make it a perfect fit! The HardNose keeps baits in place, even in the heaviest grass! They also work in the middle of the day! Spool 60-pound GAMMA TORQUE not only for no stretch on long casts and strength, but also the bigger diameter makes it easier for casting gear.

Swimbaits are great in fairly clear water and can be fished horizontally and vertically. Pitch into grass clumps or swim over and drop. 16-pound test GAMMA EDGE Fluorocarbon line is best! Med/Heavy rod for good hooksets. Im also using the Mustad weighted swimbait hooks. The 7/0 with 1/4 oz built-in adjustable weight hold very well in a Manns HardNose swimbait&white/blue back. The weight is movable to get the correct balance with any bait and allows you to cover more depths and speeds.

The most unique and effective chatter jig is one I build with a spinner below creates a thump and scatter movement! Thread a HardNose soft JerkShad trailer and this is a big fish bait! Swim or skim white or green pumpkin Stone jigs with white or white/chartreuse trailer. Manns Stone Jigs pointed head comes through grass better and its bait keeper keeps trailers on and straight and secure with a dab of Pros Soft Bait Glue. Swim 5.5-inch Mizmo tubes Texas rigged with a 5/0 Mustad Ultra Point Swimbait hook&again the bayonet keeper allows this bait to swim! I stuff a piece of plastic worm into the bait to provide a better grip for the bayonet. Swim baits and rip free from grass and drop into grass holes. Watch for the bite on the fall.

Soaking Mizmo tubes in garlic Jacks Juice that penetrates plastic eliminates re-applying. I have been using the green-pumpkin/orange
(RIVER CRAW) Mizmo 4-inch tubes. In stained water, darker colors are best. 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 for jigs or a rattle that wont come off Mizmo tubes! (www.punisherjigs.com)."

Water Temperature: 83 degrees; Water clarity: 2 feet plus


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Jul 28, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"Bass fishing is spotty at best. On days when weather and tide conditions are ideal, fishing can be good. An early morning top water bite can last several hours if there is a good cloud cover or a light drizzle. Our second best bait under these conditions has been a small, hard jerk bait worked over grasses or along the edge of grass. When conditions are lest than ideal, cool nights and a high blue sky, fishing can be challenging. We recommend staying in an area that you find bass in and work it over with numerous bait combinations. Moving to other locations may just result in a boat ride. The snake head bite is fair in the shallow waters in the creeks. They like a top water popper or a Manns Baby 1 Minus. Some yellow perch are active in the grasses and may get to the popper or jerk bait before a bass does."

Water Temperature: 81 degrees; Water clarity: 2 feet plus


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Jul 14, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"Bass fishing has slowed down in both size and numbers. We still have an early morning top water bite that last for a couple of hours. Depending on the type of vegetation we fish we use either a top water popper or a grass frog. Once the top water bite slows we switch to a wacky rigged stick worm in green colors and fish it weightless over submersed grass or along visible grass lines. Then at mid morning we run to hard cover, such as lay downs, and throw creature baits rigged Texas style with light slip sinkers. Finesse worms or jig worms worked in front of marsh run offs is still productive, although most bass are small."

Water Temperature: 83 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Jul 07, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"Switching patterns throughout the day will keep you on the bass.
Start the morning off with a top water popper over grass beds or around marsh grasses until about 8 AM. Afterwards, switch to a wacky rigged Senko type bait and work over the same areas. At about 10 AM switch to hard cover like lay down trees or boat docks and use creature baits like a three inch Berkley chigger craw in green pumpkin color. Finesse worms fished along creek ledges or in front of marsh runs during a falling tide will collect numbers of keeper bass."

Water Temperature: 86 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


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

"JULY 2014

Water is clearer and grass well established in the southern part of the river, basically south of Dogue. The wrecks and concrete in Spoils, Fox Ferry, the point known as North Point on Smoot Bay (National Harbor) and South Point are always loaded with fish. Groups of bass are on docks in Dogue Creek, Broad Creek, Mount Vernon, and Swan. Otherwise fish grass patterns Greenway Flats and south. Go to main river grass early before big boats come through. Look for clear water.

One of the keys is to focus on scattered grass away from the hard grass edge. Pitch Mizmo green pumpkin tubes with copper flake or Arkansas Craw Texas rigged on a 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point tube. Shake slowly, watching your line, feeling for weight. Hard cover: docks, laydowns, riprap etc. are also good targets. Stop for long periods&five seconds or more&fish have been hitting when sitting still&or coming over cover. As baits drop, get ready for bites. Skip Mizmo tubes soaked in Jacks Juice garlic attractant under docks and over shallow cover.

Crank hard cover drops with Manns 15+. Split shot rigs work in the same deeper areas. Stay with 10-pound test GAMMA Copoly. A 3/16-ounce Water Gremlin Bullshot bulletshaped split shot comes through cover. GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon lines help you feel bites and get baits down faster. Rig stickworms like Manns HardNose Freefall worm soaked in garlic Jacks Juice on a 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Mega Lite hook. Slowly drag and stop! When you hit cover, leave as long as you can! Use on bare banks or in front of grass lines at low tide, or inside grass at higher tides.

Work jigs like Manns black/blue or black/brown Stone Jigs in stained water and green pumpkin where water is clearer. For trailers, use HardNose Craws. Black/Blue or green pumpkin orange. Swim jigs and 5 inch Mizmo tubes in white, black/blue, black/brown at various depths, just below the surface to out of sight on grass edges and drop. The new 3/0 MUSTAD swimbait hooks are great for swimming tubes. But swimbaits like the Manns HardNose in shad/white patterns are awesome big fish baits when paired with the new Mustad Ultra Point weighted swimbait hook. Use 1/8 ounce weighted hooks&slide the weight to achieve the proper balance. The bayonet barb on the hook eye will impale the nose of the HardNose keeping it in place. Use heavier weights if needed.

Target pads and wood in creeks with dark colors in stained water. Fish are drawn to edges of cover like pads and wood on outgoing tides. Follow tides, moving up and over cover at high and out on edges when tides fall. Longer casts at higher tides cover water, at lower tides short casts with crankbaits like Manns Baby 1-Minus. Vary retrieves. Chop or cloud cover favor spinnerbaits. At higher tides with clear water, try double willow nickel/gold with firetiger skirts&faster retrieve. White skirts in stained and white/chartreuse in clearer water. Manns Classic with Colorado/Indiana tandem gold blades in stained, nickel and gold or both nickel in clearer water. Go faster and deeper with Colorado/willow when water is nearly clear. Make shorter casts at lower tides, targeting individual clumps of milfoil and longer casts to cover water at higher tides. Another bait I like now is the EGG, Lucky Crafts very buoyant B.D.S. 4 in shad patterns. It will come over grass and snap free very easily.

The topwater bite is strong around grass and wood: four baits/two sizes/ two color patterns. Small: one light pattern and one dark pattern. Same for larger baits. Use topwaters with low water, clear water, or low light conditions. Clear/calm: small baits in natural patterns like the Lucky Craft G-Splash chartreuse shad. Work faster. If water is a bit stained, go to black/gold patterns, Lucky Craft Aurora Gold. Clear choppy water; go to natural patterns in larger size G-Splash-80. If water is stained and choppy, go to larger baits in black/gold pattern. When fish miss, use the reel to move baits to allow feathers to contract and open when sitting still. Shorter casts in muddy water and longer casts when water is calm and clear. Let fish tell you the speed&in general, clearer water, work baits faster&slow down ALL presentations in stained water. Use a 6 1/2 foot medium action graphite rod to avoid losing fish. The rear hook, use a Mustad Ultra Point feathered treble. Belly hooks get RED Mustad round bend Ultra Point Trebles. Use Manns HardNose Freefall worm weightless and on a weedless Mustad red wacky hook as a follow up.

Walking baits like Lucky Crafts Gunfish are great when water is clear and you have cloud cover. Gunfish rattle and walk better than anything on the market! Buzzbaits with black skirts have been working when water is lower over grass and around shallow wood and rock cover. Try 1/4-ounce size with a clacker like Manns Classic Buzzbait. The hollow frog bite is awesome whenever the water is low&better with some light!

Stick worms are also producing over grass beds in high tides, pitch when the tide is lower. Green pumpkin Manns 5" HardNose Freefall worm in stained water, watermelon in clearer water&rigged Texas on 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Mega Bite worm hooks (Wacky rigged with a red 2/0 Mustad weedless wacky rig hook or Mustad Octopus hook 2/0) Toss and drop&no other action required. Let it sit on the bottom, gently twitch. Pull to the surface and drop again&repeat back to the boat, if in the strike zone&otherwise, cast again. Let stickworms sit about 2 seconds for every foot deep youre fishing. Also try soft plastic Manns HardNose jerkbaits, varying the speed.

Punch through grass with a Round Valley Tungsten ¾ -1 ounce weight on 65-pound test Spiderwire and a stout 76 rod like the Quantum Tommy Biffle Signature series has power to pull them out. Look for hydrilla with stalks of milfoil growing in it. Pitch, shake and let drop. Most fish hit on the drop. Manns HardNose craws stay on the hook and a drop of PROS Soft Bait glue secures the Round Valley Tungsten weight to the bait, so I dont have to peg. Works best on sunny calm days!

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: 85 degrees; Water clarity: 2 feet plus


This report was submitted by Reel Bass Adventures on Jun 30, 2014
Phone: 3019321509
Email: rbaandy@aol.com

"The early morning, low light top water bite remains strong over flooded grass beds in creek bays. A top water popper has been our most productive bait for this pattern. Once the sun gets high we switch to hard cover like downed trees, wrecks or rocks where creature baits will produce bass of good quality. The marsh run offs during an out flowing tide are still a good place to collect a few bass with jig worms and finesse worms or a small deep diving crank bait. Blue gills are off the beds but are still located in the spawning areas. They like a small fly rod popper in white or black."

Water Temperature: 83 degrees; Water clarity: 1-2 feet


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