An Oldie But Goodie
A much better week of fishing last week. The topwater bite was much better, thanks in part to a "new" lure. More about that in a bit.
Lucky Craft G-Slash poppers and walking Gunfish worked too. Topwater bite was good until high tide around 9am. As that bite faded, Mann's Baby 1-Minus and chatter jigs worked. After that, pitching Texas rigged stickworms with a 1/16 ounce weight on 8-pound test GAMMA Copoly line to pilings was effective.
Last week I fished with two of my regular clients. Alan on Thursday and Arvid on Friday. We had a lot of catching up to do. By then I was on a fairly reliable pattern and fishing was pretty good. I took the opportunity to try a bait I had received in the mail on Wednesday. I ran across this lure 5 years ago at the FLW Championship in Pittsburgh. Their videos were impressive.
I had forgotten about the Hubs Chub, so when they showed up at my door I was eager to try it… again. It is a 50 year old lure that is experiencing a revival. The Hubs Chub is many topwaters in one. It walks, has a prop in the tail for buzzing action, rattles and it spits a bit.
I tied a black 4” bait to 30-lb Torque braid and started to walk the dog with it. The fish exploded on it! Sometimes they would smash it two or three times before engulfing it. Some fish would jump out of the water and crash down on the bait. It worked well on Thursday when the water was calm and again on Friday when there was some chop on the water.
I worked it rather quickly, but no matter how, the fish smashed it! I tried a lot of presentations that demonstrated the range this old timer could cover. I strongly recommend the Hubs Chub for topwater junkies!
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.
WEAR a PFD!
I'm gone fishing.
Capt. Steve Chaconas,
Potomac River Fishing Guide and BoatUS ANGLER Pro Staff
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