Independence Day Weekend, Happy 4th of July!
Having off Friday for the holiday, Steve and I went fishing on the Potomac River, launching out of Fort Washington. Entering onto the Potomac River, we could see the home of our Founding Father, George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Motoring out through the No Wake Zone, we were greeted by a blue heron.
Working our way upriver toward the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and points along the Alexandria waterfront and then along Belle Haven we observed green heron, eastern kingbird, bald eagle, mallard, kingfisher and osprey.
At high tide we fished the shoreline and SAV grass beds for largemouth bass using Mann’s Baby 1-Minus, Senko’s and chatterbaits. The non-native purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) was at peak bloom at numerous shoreline locations. Attached is a link for the top ten baits used in last week’s FLW Potomac Tournament, some of which we used. http://www.flwfishing.com/news/2015-06-30-top-10-baits-from-the-potomac-river
Parasitic dodder (Cuscuta sp.). Because this plants seeds require abrasion to germinate, dodder is often found along tidal margins where water movement can abrade the seed surface. They prefer open, sunny areas and will grow on a diversity of hosts.
Usually growing out in front of the purple/blue flowering pickerelweed, water willow (Justica americana) can tolerate the deeper frontage of fresh tidal waters. I like to call this flowering plant Justica because of two or three other plants commonly called water willows, which can be confusing.
The final flowering plant that I wanted to make note of for early July is our native wetland hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium), a morning glory, not to be confused with the similar non-native field bindwed (Convolulus arvensis). This pink and white native was common on the saturated shorelines of the Potomac.
We fished areas around the I-95 Woodrow Wilson Bridge at the peak outgoing (downstream) tidal flow, when the catfish bite is particularly active. Knowing the locations of our favorite deep pockets, we hammered blue catfish, with Steve and I catching four each, all while using silver-shad ratlte-traps.
I had to photograph this boat, decorated in 4th of July bunting. I’d bet that they will be watching the Washington, DC fireworks tomorrow from their boat, and what a great vantage point for the display, in our nation’s capital.
The U.S. Coast Guard was out in force today, as they are protecting Washington DC from the water.
The terrorism alert levels are higher than usual, and it is prudent to monitor the District and environs from the water.
These frisky biters are not beyond chasing moving lures!
Steve landed this striped bass using a rattle-trap . . .
. . . and the catfish kept coming.
Motoring back down to Piscataway Creek, we noticed that the casino construction at Washington Harbor was hot and heavy, with seven active cranes.
As we drove out of the marina, I snapped this photo of a fawn totally ignoring Microstegium as a forage.
Great morning on the water.