Palm Sunday Fishing

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Tom, Mark and I went fishing today, launching from Slavin’s on the Mattawoman.  We got on the water at 11:30 AM and low tide was at 1:00 PM.  Uncharacteristically, Tom was on fire! He started with this largemouth using a Cabela’s swimbait.  It’s a rare event to be skunked by Tom, so we let him gloat.

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Buzzards finish-off a carp along the exposed mud-flats of low tide.

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I landed this largemouth right at the corner of the Rails-to-Trails wall in Indian Head using a Berkley Gulp worm.

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Not to be outdone, Tom takes this largemouth from the creek channel edge using a white-colored bucktail jig.

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Then minutes later Tom reels-in a really nice 12-inch yellow perch on the same bucktail jig.

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That’s a big fish for a yellow perch, and on goes the aerator.

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Ok, Mark and I had to step up our game, as Tom was making us look bad. Mark strikes next with a bluegill.  We were thinking a high diversity day, now for cats, snakeheads, pickerel and other species, as Tom was hitting for the cycle.

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Working the channel ledge, this largemouth wallops Mark’s spinnerbait.  You can just begin to see the unfurling leaves of spatterdock nearing the surface in the 1-foot shallows, which helps define the deeper water channels.

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Sight-fishing at low tide, we watched as archers plied the waters in search of snakehead and carp.

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The trick of “depth-of-field” to make the fish look larger, goes just so far, as Tom take a junior striped bass.

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Tom’s white-colored jigs could catch anything, including this black crappie.

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Bud break of redbud was a beautiful sight along with white serviceberry, as these shrub species added dappled color to the banks.  The water temperature averaged 62-degrees, but the air temperature climbed to 80-degrees by afternoon!

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Mark caught a really nice 11-inch yellow perch and then this largemouth right along the ecotone edge of windswept and agitated shoreline muddy water, at the interface with clear water.

We were off the water at 3:00 PM and did quite well for 4-hours on the breezy Mattawoman. Thank you Tom and Mark.

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