Turn off the TV and take a kid fishing
Did you tune into the NFL games this past Sunday? Or was all the drama enough to make you tune out?
Like many of you, I was raised watching football with my family. I grew up rooting for the greatest football team in the world, the Washington Redskins. Dave Butz, Darrell Green, Charles Mann and Art Monk were revered names in our household, and for good reason.
Not only were they stellar players on the field, these guys also spent a significant chunk of their off time working to make the community a better place.
Just do a quick search online to see what these gentlemen are up to today and you’ll see nothing has changed. Thirty
years later they still give their time and energy to various charities that make a positive impact on our youth. Role models, indeed.
So instead of worrying about who might decide to take a knee this Sunday, how about we all just go ahead and turn off the television and consider if it might make more sense to take a kid fishing?
Fishing is something so fundamental and pure that (I hope) it can’t be politicized by this crazy world we live in. Also, by taking a kid fishing, you will have opportunity to serve as the kind of role model that has become increasingly rare.
Spend some time together with friends and loved ones
passing on a time-honored tradition and maybe even have something a little healthier than pizza or nachos for dinner Sunday night, a meal your son or daughter can proudly say they caught, fileted and cooked up just for the family. That’s what real family time is about.
Besides, there’s a fishing derby coming up next month at Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville, and you’re going to want to get in a little practice before the big day.
The fall derby will take place from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct 14. Anglers will compete as teams and each team must consist of one adult 21 or older and one child 6 to 15. Trophies will be awarded for the largest and most largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. All teams will be entered into numerous door prize drawings and lunch is provided.
The cost to participate is $7 per team. Registration is online only. To register, go to www. charlescountyparks.com and click on “Online Registration.” The deadline is noon Oct. 11. For more information regarding the derby or registration, call 301-932-3470 or 301-9321083.
Southern Maryland lakes and
ponds — The fishing has been quite good lately. My daughters and I hit a little farm pond last weekend and we did well on bass using small crankbaits and
plastic worms. This pond happened to have some crappie bruisers in it that were eager to take little white curly-tailed plastic grubs on small jigs.
We didn’t have any on hand, but if you can find some small or medium minnows, those would entice the crappie to bite as well. Right now, and through the end of next month, will be the premier time for visiting any farm ponds you have access to.
Patuxent River — The Solomons Charter Captains Association reports good bottom fishing near Drum Point, Green Holly and the Town Creek pier. Recent catches include spot mixed in with whiting and a few legal-sized croaker.
The spot fishing is just about finished for the year. For better success, fish over a hard oyster bottom shelf in 50 feet or deeper water.
Potomac River — Capt. Ken Penrod Sr. (240-4472206) of Life Outdoors Unlimited reports Big Mouth spinnerbaits with the skirt removed and a Case Magic Swim added remains his top offering this week. Penrod also recommends Case Magic Stiks in “Ken’s Stik” and green pumpkin/gold, too.
Aqualand Marina reports steady catfish action with perch and the very last of the summertime croakers. Trollers are doing well on rockfish
in the Swan Point area with several 30-inch fish reported. Six-inch sassy shads on bucktails produce the bigger fish.
Don’t forget the upcoming Aqualand Roctober Tournament for charity on Oct. 7th. For details call 301-259-2222.
Juniata and Susquehanna rivers (Pa.) — LOU guide Jason Shay (717-5074377) reports that fishing has been decent with low-light times getting the best results. Spinnerbaits and topwaters work well and when the sun gets high, slow down for a finesse presentation using flukes, jerkbaits and tubes.
LOU guide Matt Greene (717-576-3735) reports topwaters, spinnerbaits, swim baits and Case Magic Stiks have been his go-to baits this week, in that order.
Lake Anna (Va.) — The guides at McCotter’s Lake Anna Guide Service (540-894-9144) suggest targeting the up-lake region for largemouth, especially above the first two bridges in both the North Anna and Pamunkey branches.
This region offers plenty of shoreline structure in the form of willow grass lines, rocks, docks and stumps. Pitching small plastic worms to docks has been the go-to pattern right now. The McCotter’s guides recommend the 1/8-ounce Tiger Shad spinnerbait in the Lake Anna special format for the really skinny water in the flats in the extreme upper ends of both tributaries.
Mid-lake bass are moving to the backs of creeks like Marshall, Pigeon, Mitchell, Sturgeon, and Contrary. Each will have fish in them somewhere. It’s up to you to be there early and leave late to bump into them. The water is clear now, so use suspending jerkbaits or lipless crankbaits like RatL-Traps.