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MattStrykul

Potomac River 11/4/08.

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Got out on the river today with my bud pigsticker. Started off extremely slow. Didn't even get a bite for 2 hours. Picked one up on a jig in about 8 feet of water right in front of the kennedy center and after that didn't get another bite for a good 40 minutes. We decided to move up to key bridge and try fishing around there, fished the VA side of the wall for a while then moved to the pylons where the bite REALLY picked up. I started with a jig and wasn't gettin bit then finally just said screw it and started tossin the drop shot. Got 3 bites from little pesky small mouth and didn't land any of them. I was gettin excited and reeling to fast I guess, or they were just so small but I decided on my next bite I'd just let it take it until I was positive it was hooked. Sure enough, next cast I got a bite. Let him take it and it turned out to be a beautiful 2.5lb smallmouth. After that I started catching them every ten minutes or so, sometimes consecutive casts. I was getting them on trick worms in junebug and a 1/4oz weight. I then switched to a black/blue reaction innovation beaver and the fish were just slammin them. Every cast I seemed to get a bite. I ended up with 11 smallmouth and 1 largemouth, and missed many more. Pigsticker had a bit harder time and came out with a goose egg today but he did miss a nice smallmouth that looked to be 2lbs. He beat me last time though so I'm sure he'll come back ;) Great day overall.

Matt Strykul

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Drop shot showed they were near the bottom.

Did you throw a wacky or shaky head presentation for largemouth?

What about a deep diving crankbait to tear up the bottom?

Just wondering.  ;)

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I was thinking about throwing a deep crank but I was just having to much fun catching them on the dropshot.

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[edit][/edit]nice job Matt. Next time you guys fish Key Bridge, try a spider grub on a 1/4 oz. Jig head those smalli's eat that up good. We need pictures next time!!

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I will give that a try next time. We snapped a pic of the 2.5 lb smallmouth on my phone but Steve didn't save it  :'( Next time ;D

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Yeah I was pretty bummed that I did not save the picture, but he'll just break it next time so it doesn't matter much ;)

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cool, have you guys tried at jacks boat house?  I once did with a spinnerbait and hooked a nice catfish. :-?

maybe we can fish together on friday pigsticker.

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Looks like I'm gettin out tomorrow with my Dad for a couple of hours after school. I'll see if they're still on that bite, and try to get some pics.

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