From the monthly archives:

September 2009

September 29 – Catch the largest fish on the lightest line

by Capitol Area Fishing on September 29, 2009

I was taught – and I’ve seen this to be true – that the gear does not define the fisherman. Contrary to what many might think – the rod and reel are not going to catch the fish. The fisherman is.

There’s a cartoon I’ve seen of a little boy with a cane pole and a bobber holding a string of fish. He’s standing next to an older fisherman with all the modern gear at his side, and no fish. So a lot of what happens in the water is up to both luck and fishing savvy.

That being said, it is important to find the right equipment that works for you. I prefer the ultralites for fishing streams, rivers and lakes in the Maryland/DC area. It’s more of a challenge to fish when you’re using lighter equipment because it takes a lot more finesse to reel in that big one.

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September 16 – Wading the Monocacy Below Rt. 270

by Capitol Area Fishing on September 16, 2009

Blue Gill on the Monocacy

Sunnie on the Monocacy

I’ve fished the Monocacy River at the Monocacy National Battlefield before, but I’ve never been to this particular site. It’s not far from Rt. 270 or 355.  To find it go into the Monocacy Battlefield State Park, and drive toward the Worthington House, park there and then walk a 1/4 mile or so to the river.

Walking to the Monocacy River

Walking to the Monocacy River

I had my shorts on and my fishing vest – I thought of bringing waders, but it’s September – so I walked right into the water. Some places were waist deep, some were ankle deep. I thought, ” This is an excellent flyfishing spot!” But, today I had my Ultralite spinning gear, and my lure of choice – a 3″ sinking silver-sided rapala. The bluegills were all over the rapala, and as the afternoon moved on, the smallmouth bass started to bite.

Monocacy River

Monocacy River

I waded the river almost a mile down, and every other cast was either a bite, or a hook-up. I caught and released seven fish, and had many more bites. It was a great opportunity for me to hone my casting into the holes on the right-side of the river.

After I called it a day, and walked back to my car, I was met by Officer Brown, a very nice park ranger who checked my fishing license, and then gave me a lot of great information about the park. Apparently she has kayaked the river and knows it well. It’s good to see that our park rangers are doing their job. And, I’m also glad I had my fishing license with me!

Smallmouth Bass on the Monocacy

Smallmouth Bass on the Monocacy

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September 6 – Mouth of the Monocacy

by Capitol Area Fishing on September 6, 2009

 A beautiful Sunday afternoon, so my wife Sarah and I took off to the Monocacy Aquaduct off of Rt. 28 in Maryland. Just follow Rt 28 toward Dickerson, and turn left on the Mouth of the Monocacy Rd. It’s a windy two lane road, typical of a lot of the canal access roads.  At the end to the right is a boat ramp, to the left is the hiking/biking parking lot.

Kayak Fishing on the Monacacy

Kayak Fishing on the Monacacy

The Aquaduct stretches acrosss the Monocacy close to where it meets the Potomac River. It’s a good fishing spot for both shore casting and canoeing or kayak. While we were there we saw a number of single kayakers fishing close to the aquaduct. I threw a line from shore.  Although the water was clear, I didn’t have much luck this afternoon. But, as I say, it’s not always about the fish, but the fishing! 

Vic at the Aquaduct

Vic at the Aquaduct

   
Mouth of the Monocacy Rd and the Aquaduct

Mouth of the Monocacy Rd and the Aquaduct

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