Saturday, April 30, 2011

Back Again!

Georgia, Charlie, his wife Sandy and I all went Largemouth Bass fishing this morning with a friend, Capt. Mike Starrett, of Indian Head Charters.  Mike guides in the tidal freshwater Potomac River region, and has a number of types of fishing experiences available at different times of the year, including bass, catfish, crappie, and a growing industry with snakeheads.  This was to have been "Bubba Bass" in the Potomac River proper, but the wind conspired against us, and forced us to stay in the creeks.  We launched at Slavin's Landing in Indian Head on Mattawoman Creek, braved the river long enough to get to Chicamuxen Creek, where the wind still howled and made it hard. The first bass in the slideshow as caught in Chicamuxen.  So we retreated to the more protected waters at back of Mattawomen.  We caught a few fish.  Georgia caught a small crappie on a bass plug, but she didn't give me time to get a picture.  We had a couple of shots at a snakeheads to day, but could not get a hit.

Mattawoman Creek is truly beautiful creek, located surprisingly close to Washington D.C.   It has extensive beds of various emergant water plants, including Spatterdock (a water lily relative), Pickeral Weed, and submerged beds of Hydrilla which make it excellent fish habitat, and quite beautiful landscapes.  We saw lots of birds including Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Great Blue Herons, Common Egrets.  I have a slideshow below, which doesn't do it justice.

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