Dog Days

With thick and thicker hydrilla, fishing remains tough, but shorter days and  cooler nights will slow the growth and the dieback will begin making fishing  better. Last week, depending on cover, topwaters worked a bit, along with Baby 1-Minus and chatter jigs. The best bait was the weightless stick worm on a 1/0 Mustad weedless wacky rig hook, dead sticking.

This was a fun week. I took a mother and her son out for fishing lessons...quite different expectations than most trips. Catching was important, but learning how to fish was their goal. I taught them how to tie knots, work a topwater popper, a chatterbait, and Mann’s Baby 1-Minus. We also tried wacky rigging stickworms. It was a short 4-hour trip, long on instruction!

Dr. Roger Hart with two bass

But I also went fishing with my friend Dr. Roger Hart. We've been friends for 35 years! I always look forward to our time together. We chat about his kids and his business. He's one of the most respected veterinarians in the DC area and still loves his work. He loves to fish and we get out about 4 to 5 times a year! Roger is getting pretty good and is great company!

We did come across a Bull Mastiff who wasn't that fond of us fishing around his owner's dock. While the dog was barking and growling, Roger told me he could get off the boat and onto that dock to pet the dog. I told him to save that for another trip.

Take a look at my latest BoatUS DIY column…tuning a crankbait and a tune-free crankbait:!

Until next time,
see you on the water!


I'm gone fishing.

Capt. Steve Chaconas

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