Fishing on the Potomac River in the Tin Can

by Capitol Area Fishing on June 17, 2017

6:00 came early this morning when my friend Bob picked me up trailing his 16′ 20 year-old aluminum skiff called the “Tin Can.”  We put-in outside of Dickerson, MD at a boat ramp at the end of the Mouth of the Monocacy Rd. where the Monocacy River meets the Potomac River. It was one of those still, overcast days that you could tell would eventually become hot and humid. We took the boat upstream for about a half mile, shut the motor, and started our drift.

The minute we started casting, fish started hitting: smallmouth bass – better known as smallies – and bluegills. For awhile it was one right after the other. My rig was an ultralite with 4 lb. test monofilament and a black and white medium weight Rapala. Bob used a Jitterbug lure. Jitterbugs are exiting. They’re a surface lure that wobble across the top of the water creating bubbles that attract the fish. So you can actually see the fish hit the lure.

Victor with smallmouth bass. Bob with a larger smallmouth bass. First fish of the day – bluegill.


We were on the water for about four hours and between the three of us – Bob’s friend Murat was also with us – we caught (and released) 28 small-mouth bass and bluegills. There was the one that got away, probably the largest fish of the day, hooked by the least experienced of us, an 18-20 incher that Murat lost after he tried to “horse” it into the boat. He was using a popper and this monster fish took it!  Just goes to show you – it’s not called catching, it’s called fishing.

Black & White Rapala Jitterbug



Fishing Local in Lake Marion, Montgomery Village, MD

by Capitol Area Fishing on May 29, 2017

If you’re in the Gaithersburg-Montgomery Village, Maryland area there are a lot of lakes and ponds full of bass, perch and catfish. I spent a couple of hours the other day at Lake Marion in Montgomery Village.








I brought a light-spinning outfit with a 4 lb. test monofilament, which is always my line of choice for the ultralight fishing in this area. I was most succesful with a Rapala Jerkbait. Caught a couple of 2 and 3 lb. smallmouth bass. Lake Marion is easy to find, has a parking lot, and a good path around the lake. It would be a great spot to take your kids and introduce them to fishing.



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TBT on Saturday

by Capitol Area Fishing on May 20, 2017

It’s been a few years since I last posted on CAF. ‘Bout time I got back to it! I’m going to start out with a throwback, even though it’s not Thursday. I’m gearing up for a summer of fishing and will post often. Feel free to contribute your fish stories. Send me an email at

Victor’s Throwback Thursday on Saturday

When I was a year old my parents opened a fishing lodge on the Isla de Pinos (Isle of Pines) off the southwestern coast of Cuba. (It’s now called Isla de Juventud.) It was 42 acres on the Jucaro River about five miles from Santa Fe with 20 brick and thatch cabins, a main lodge, nine houseboats, and various skiffs. They owned and operated the lodge until Castro came into power, but that’s another story.

I spent eight years in Cuba. That’s where I learned how to fish with a hand line at 4 and I got my first rod at 5. It’s also where I captained my first boat – an 8′ rowboat that I would take across the river where the lodge’s water pump was located in the mangroves.

Victor with barracudas


Years later, I went back to Cuba with my friend John.  My family’s land is now a military base that I could only see through barbed wire. But, on the way out of town, our taxi drove by a farmer’s market. I remembered there had been a Japanese family who supplied the lodge with milk and eggs. They had a son and he and I were good friends. So, John and I stopped, and when I stepped out of the taxi, a Japanese man took a hard look at me – and, then called me by my childhood nickname. It was my old friend.

Victor and his childhood friend from Cuba.



Lake Fishing in the Kentlands

by Capitol Area Fishing on October 25, 2013

Who would have thought the Kentlands had a good fishing lake? Not I. Located in the middle of suburbia, behind the Kentlands Mansion, there’s a lake called Inspiration Lake. And it’s full of small-mouth bass. Park at the Kentlands Mansion in North Potomac, MD, and it’s a short walk. You can’t miss it.


About 1/4 of the lake is covered with lily ponds, which is a great habitat for the fish. My friend Greg and I first tried top-water “frogs” on the lily pads but that didn’t work out well. Greg had several follow-ups, but was not able to hook up.

Further up the lake, I saw a clearing with low-hanging branches decorated with lost lures. I took my favorite little rapala out of the tackle box, tied it to my braided line, and headed up to the clearing. I figured I would side-cast to avoid landing in the trees, but on the second cast I was in the trees, and lost my lure.

Never one to be discouraged easily, I stayed on, and tried a lead-head lure with a plastic worm. This time, on my second side-cast, I hooked into a decent-sized bass. I knew there was a reason why there were so many lures in the trees – it was a good spot. Calling Greg over for a photo op convinced him to throw a line out there.

Although, we both kept getting hooked up in the trees, losing a plastic worm is not as bad as losing a rapala, and still, in the two hours we fished there, we caught five good-sized bass between the two of us (catch & release). It was a cold, windy day or we’d still be there. Inspiration Lake is a great place to bring kids for an introduction to fishing. It’s easy to get to, easy to walk around, and there are plenty of fish.

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Fall Fishing in Maryland

October 10, 2013

Fall is a good time for river and lake fishing. Waters are low and the fish are hungry. Find the ponds and the lakes where the fish congregate – the water’s low and food is scarce. Flashy mid-water lures are excellent for attracting these hungry fish. Usually ultra-lite 4-lb test with spinners or rapalas are […]

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70 lb. Atlantic Sailfish

April 1, 2012

My good friend, writer, native Miamian, and excellent fisherman Charles Greenfield sent me an email last week after a day of fishing off of Miami Beach: Victor,  Went fishing with my niece and her boyfriend this past Friday. Trolling on the Reward II party boat out of Miami Beach marina, past Government Cut and Fisher […]

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Spring Cleaning! Fishing Tackle Preparation

March 21, 2012

Spring has sprung and it’s time to clean out your tackle box, oil your reels, and wipe down the rods. Here’s my checklist: 1. Check the quality of the line spooled on your reels. In most cases we are talking monofilament, but some of you also use spider wire or even the old braided Dacron. […]

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June 4 – Storm Castle Trail, Gallatin National Forest, Montana

June 4, 2010

The Hike: My friend Rod Jude, who I stayed with while visiting Big Sky, MT suggested that I take a day off from fishing and go on a hike with him on one of the innumerable trails in the Gallatin National Forest.  This guy gets up at 5 am every morning for a 5 mile […]

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June 2, 2010 – Firehole River, Yellowstone Park

June 2, 2010

Steve from Bozeman sent me an email today with a terrific report and pictures from the opening day of the Firehole River in Yellowstone Park.  It was great to hear from him. Look at those rainbows! Hi Vic, I met you at $3 Bridge on the Madison.  This is opening day, Saturday May 29,  in […]

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May 18, 2010 – Madison River, Montana

May 22, 2010

The morning started out cold with temps around 30 degrees but was to warm up to 65 later in the day. I had decided to fish the Madison because the Gallatin had turned cloudy due to warmer weather and snow run off. It was a perfect day for a trip up the road on Hwy […]

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