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Need Smallies? Join PRSC

It’s the middle of summer. Your fishing itch is pounding. You know the smallies are hitting anything….  Holy Mackerel!!  June is almost over!!!  Let’s get moving!! So… what’s keeping you off the water?  Lack of a shuttle?  Lack of “intel” on the current conditions?  Inertia? Overcome all of these issues by joining the Potomac River Smallmouth

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Other – Sea Trout (FL – Mosquito Lagoon)

In April last year, I had to go to Florida on business.  Without a second thought, I added a vacation day onto the end of the trip and called my old friend, Eph, who lives in the Orlando area.  Given that he is another dedicated fisherman, I did not have to ask twice and he

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Pathetic Ponds

Back in 2007, I wrote about fishing on the small community pond in back of my in-laws apartment down in North Carolina. At best, that pond was 1/4 acre but it produced some nice bass. With that as a frame of reference, I’ve had to take a new look at small water. We went on

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Bass Repellents

Way back in 2006, I put up a post on the impact of odor on trout.  In that article, I quoted the writing of Nick Anikijenko who pointed out that it is very easy to transfer human smells to your fly or lure. The simple act of tying the lure on is all it takes to transfer

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Predictive Gages from the National Weather Service

If you ever found yourself wondering whether the water would be fishable in the coming weekend, you need to visit the National Weather Service website then drill down into the section that discusses water levels. For example, the Potomac Section covers the river from Paw Paw down through the District.  As you can see from the graph below, the

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Get USGS Topo Maps Free

Earlier this year, I provided a link that would allow you to view high quality maps online. I’ve gone one better than that with this latest discovery. It turns out that on the same site where USGS sells their high-quality topographic maps, they also allow you to download them as a PDF file for free. Granted, these

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Bass – Fall Lure Selection

A couple years ago, I took some notes out of the June 2008 issue of Bassmaster magazine on the right lure selection based on the water temperature. As we head into the fall, I thought it would be useful to hit the high points of this article by Don Wirth (“A seasonal guide to lure

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Upper Potomac – Maps from the Maryland DNR (Updated)

You can get this map set for free by sending an email with your request and mailing address to Angie King at AKing@dnr.state.md.us  North Branch Potomac River Water TrailThe Potomac River Water Trail North Branch in Allegany County: Westernport, MD to Cumberland, MD is a three-map set depicting the North Branch of the Potomac River in

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Satellite Recon – Use Google Local to find good water!

If you have not discovered Google local and its satellite views as a way to preview any fishing location, you’re not using the most significant tool available (other than this website, of course) that allows you to keep from going to a dead area. Prior to going to any river, you should pop open the

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Phone in the river? No Problem

I don’t know about you, but I have lost my fair share of electronics gear as a result of untimely plunges into rivers. No matter how fast you scramble up, it always seems like just enough water reaches your phone or your camera to destroy it. I solved the problem with my camera by getting

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West Virginia Goes Digital

This year, West Virginia released an online mapping application that shows you exactly where the stocked sections are.  This is pretty important since West Virginia does not mark the stocked trout water with signs like Maryland and Virginia do.  When I did my recon of Trout Run and Waites Run, I was a little confused.  I used

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Shad Run – Rappahannock

After three years of trying to find the time to participate in the shad run on the Rappahannock, I finally got out there last Friday. I have to admit that I am tragically depressed after this experience. I can’t believe I didn’t make time to do this earlier. This was a fantastic great time! The

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Stay High and Dry

For the last few years, I used ziplock bags to keep stuff dry inside my day pack.  Sometimes that worked, sometimes it did not.  When I am after smallies, I will routinely wade up to chest high crossing the flat stretches of some of the rivers around here.  The ziplocks just were not built for

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The West Virginia Trout Map

Ok.  I bit and bought.  First of all, by now everyone must understand that there are no secret places if it is public water.  Maybe you have a secret wild trout stream in a national forest or tucked away on private land, but everything else is out there in the public domain.  Just look at

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Other – Amazing Free Map Software

This is really cool.  From the JDMCox Software Site: “USAPhotoMaps 2.77 downloads USGS aerial photo and topo map data from Microsoft’s free TerraServer Web site, saves it on your hard drive, and creates maps with GPS accuracy. You can: Scroll and zoom See latitude/longitude See USGS Landmarks See TIGER/Line streets See elevation and contour lines

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Hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, and fishing focused discussion.

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Please buy my books! They are cheap (and good)! 
Hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, and fishing focused discussion.

Click on the cover to go to Amazon for both print and Kindle formats.

Please buy my books! They are cheap (and good)! 
Hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, and fishing focused discussion.

Click on the cover to go to Amazon for both print and Kindle formats.

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