Why Can’t I catch fish on topwater lures?

By Jeff Greene
Fishing topwater lures is probably one of the best ways to fish. Topwater lures can also be very hard to fish if not done at the right time and done with the right technique. The topwater bite tends to be very good in the summer months with warmer water into the fall when the water starts to cool down. On the upper Potomac River this technique catches the biggest bass in the river (PERIOD!!!). Here are a few things to keep in mind when fishing topwater baits on the upper Potomac River. First rule fish these baits in the early morning and late evening for best results. The second rule is always make sure the water has good clarity to it. The third rule and probably the most important is lure cadence. On the upper Potomac River smallmouth and largemouth bass like lures presented to them in a certain retrieve/ cadence. Once you find out the third rule make sure you are holding on to your fishing pole and that you have a good knot tied because the strikes will come hard, violent, and fast. So the next time you go fishing remember these three rules for better success with topwater baits. If you’re interested in fishing the Potomac River and Susquehanna River contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures fishing guide service (301)820-5378, shallowwaterfishingadventures.net and shallowwaterfishingadventures@gmail.com.

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BASS JIGS do they have a place when catching smallmouth bass?

By Jeff Greene

Tools for your jet boat on the River. This is something that most people find very overwhelming to decide on. I believe in this situation less is more. Over the years the tool box for my boat has gotten smaller and smaller. I don't even think you should keep a set of tools on your boat. I think keeping them in your vehicle at the boat ramp is good enough. I think a lot of issues you have with your boat can be fixed on the water with a good set of pliers (the ones you fish with) and a good multi-tool (takes up very little space on the boat) until you get back to the boat ramp. The last item I think every person should have with them who operates a jet boat is a tube of marine grease for the impeller. You should grease your impeller after every use. The type of grease may vary between the brand of outboard jets used. You should leave this in your vehicle until you get back to the boat ramp. For me less is always more. I try to maximize as much space as I can. Most jet boats aren't known for there storage options. This is why I always try to take as little with me as possible. The next time your on the water try taking just what you need. You will find that what you thought you needed is still to much. If you would like to experience fishing on the Potomac River and Susquehanna River contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures. SWFA is a full service fishing guide operation (301-820-5378). BE GUIDED BY THE BEST!

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Fishing Reels and the line used to catch smallmouth bass

By Jeff Greene

There are so many types of fishing reels and fishing lines on the market, what's the answer? The easy answer is just use a 1000 or 2000 series reel with braided line and either a fluorocarbon leader or a monofilament leader. The braided line you use should be under 20#. The fluorocarbon and monofilament leaders should be no heavier than 10#. Fluorocarbon sinks and monofilament floats. The leader line should be tied to the braided line with a uni knot .(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CmRxGNnxHo)

Remember to always check your line after catching 3 or 4 fish. Smallmouth bass are very hard on your leaders and cause cuts and abrasions that you will not see unless you check. Doing this will keep your leader from breaking when you hook up with a smallmouth. We all know that when your leader does break its always that trophy smallmouth that gets away. 

My last thoughts when it comes to line/ leaders is always use the lightest line you can get away with. Smallmouth bass can be very line shy. Use the correct line for the correct situation. Fluorocarbon is 100% invisible under water. Monofilament is best used for top water situations. The clearer the water the lighter the leader should be.  

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By Jeff Greene

A lot of fisherman overlook the importance of a sharp treble hook. A sharp treble hook can be the difference between landing or losing that trophy smallmouth or largemouth bass. Your treble hooks should be checked regularly for their sharpness and shape. If you find a dull or bent hook when you check your lure, then replace that treble hook. Doing this small tune-up to a lure can make a huge difference. Never have that trophy fish be the one that got away.     
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Treble Hooks

By Jeff Greene

Fishing pliers are one of those tools people forget about when they are getting ready for a fishing trip or a fun day at the local lake. I believe that pliers are one of the most important tools in a fisherman's tackle box. Pliers help with a number of jobs when fishing. They cut line, hold fish, help fix tackle on the water, help pull hooks from mouths of fish, keep you from getting hooked by treble hooks, they can cut bait depending on the pair you have, bend hooks back and the list just keeps on going. I believe when you do purchase a pair of pliers to fish with you should purchase the most expensive pair you can afford. A great starting point for determining a good set of pliers is a price point of around $50. I believe that titanium pliers are the best on the market. They don't rust. The next time you open your tackle box while fishing and see that old rusted pair of pliers remember this little article about how important they are and go out and purchase a nice set of pliers you will not regret it.       

Where should I fish? I have never fished this river before.

By Jeff Greene
The Potomac River is over 400 miles long. It starts in Fairfax Stone West Virginia and ends in southern Maryland where it pours into the Chesapeake Bay. The Potomac River has tidal waters and non-tidal freshwater. The non-tidal freshwater section of the river, where Shallow Water Fishing Adventures guides all year around, starts just above the Seneca Breaks/Seneca Creek or most people know it as Riley’s Lock. This is where a person can start launching boats outfitted with an outboard. From there you can go north as far as Harpers Ferry West Virginia as long as the water is high enough. I would suggest a fisherman to start fishing north at Edwards Ferry. This is a great area in the summer months to catch smallmouth, largemouth and channel catfish. The further north you go the shallower it seems the river gets until Dam #4 in Washington County Maryland. The upper Potomac River has a lot of different species of fish to go after throughout the year. Besides the latter three fish I mentioned you can also fish for Crappie, Muskie, Walleye, Flathead catfish, Carp and very large Bluegill. Here are some baits to start out with when getting to know these waters. Try fishing with stick baits, tube baits, swimbaits, small bass jigs, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and any small topwater bait. All of these baits can be fished with success if you use 10 pound line, 6-6’ to 7’ medium action rod and a 2000 series spinning reel. Shallow Water Fishing Adventures enjoys teaching people how to fish and about the history of this fantastic river. So if you think you would like some pointers on what to do, then contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures and book a trip (301)-820-5378.


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By Jeff Greene
A lot of people think that when it comes to smallmouth bass you need smaller baits than you do for largemouth bass. In a lot of cases that's true. However, during certain times of the year bigger baits are better. In the colder months of the year you should start fishing bigger baits. Those months would be winter, spring and fall. Big smallmouth bass need energy to stay healthy and active. During the colder months food can become hard to come by, that's one reason they grab larger meals in the winter. Bigger bait fish and bigger aquatic creatures (crayfish) have to eat more so that makes them easy meals. One of the best smallmouth bass lures out there for cold water is a rubber skirted bass jig. These lures catch big smallmouth. The color of the jig should be black/ blue, black/ green or just straight black. I would fish a bass jig in the weight range of 1/4 oz to 3/8 oz. You should use a trailer with that jig. The trailer of choice would be a black colored pork trailer. The pork trailer should be 2 inches or a little bigger. You should fish this jig and trailer (jig and pig) with 15# braided line with 10# fluorocarbon leader. You can use either a 2000 or 2500 series spinning reel or a baitcaster to get the job done. If you are using a spinning reel I would use a medium heavy rod and for the baitcaster I would use a heavy flipping rod. Fish this lure slow and be patient. You will know when a smallmouth hits that jig. Smallmouth tend to hit crayfish very hard and they make no exceptions for anything that imitates one either. So hold on to your rod and hook up with some monster smallmouth the next time your fishing cold water. 

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Fishing line? Monofilament, Fluorocarbon and Braid oh my!!!

By Jeff Greene
So a lot of fishermen ask what’s with all of these types of fishing line and how do I use them? This is a pretty easy concept to understand once it’s explained to you in a non-scientific way. When you fish with me you will notice I use braided line on all my reels with a short leader line tied to the end of it. Then that leader line is tied to a lure. To join the braided line to the leader line I like to use a Uni-knot. Depending on the kind of leader line (monofilament/ fluorocarbon), I will use a different knot for the lure. Almost all my fishing is done with fluorocarbon line because it’s invisible underwater and it sinks (4#-10# line). However there is a certain situation when I like to use monofilament (10# line). That’s when I am using topwater lures. Since braided line has absolutely no stretch I think monofilament line compliments the braided line nicely when used with topwater lures. The monofilament allows the fish to load up on the lure a little bit more and helps avoid ripping that topwater lure out of their mouth. Monofilament floats which helps your topwater lure float and gives it better action in the water. When tying your knots use this rule, fluorocarbon line needs a Palomar knot and monofilament needs a Cinch knot.If you’re interested in fishing the Potomac River and Susquehanna River contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures fishing guide service (301)820-5378, shallowwaterfishingadventures.net and shallowwaterfishingadventures@gmail.com.

By Jeff Greene

I think we can all agree that treble hooks can be very dangerous when fishing with them. RIGHT!!! Here are a few tips on how not to hook yourself and others you may be fishing with while on the water. The first way to avoid any unwanted hook ups with friends family or yourself is pay attention to what you are doing. I think a lot of people get excited while fishing and become to comfortable with what they are doing they loose there overall awareness. Another great way to avoid getting hooked is where a hat and sunglasses as much as you can while fishing. Hats keep your head from getting hooked and sunglasses keep hooks away from your eyes. One of the most risky situations you can put yourself in with treble hooks is when you hook a fish and then land that fish with treble hooks. Once you start handling that fish with the hooks in its mouth, grab that fish in a safe manner tight. Take control of that fish and use pliers, always use pliers. I can't stress that enough. Once you start pulling the hooks out of the fishes mouth you want to start with the top treble hook. Once you get that top treble hook out, work your way down. Never pull the bottom treble hook out first. This treble hook is the one that always seems to find your hand or clothing. If you follow these simple tips the next time your out on the water fishing you will find treble hooks aren't so bad and fishing with them isn't so dangerous.       

What the heck!!! My fishing line keeps breaking when I set the hook.

By Jeff Greene
Out of the three main types of fishing line most used when fishing for bass I think fluorocarbon fishing line can be the most frustrating. However, it’s a must when fishing very clear water. Fluorocarbon line is invisible under water and fish can become line shy. It is very dense (it will sink) with very little stretch. But, you can’t just tie any knot when it comes to fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon has a tendency to cut into itself when it is stressed from setting the hook on a fish and fighting a fish. When it cuts into itself it will cause you to lose that trophy fish and your favorite lure. This line breaking situation seems like it happens right at the boat, just before you go to net that big fish. I think smallmouth bass are the worst offenders of this because of how much they like to violently head shake while hooked. Here are some tips on how to keep your fluorocarbon tied to your lure the next time you’re on the water. The first tip is to only tie certain knots. The best 2 knots I have found are the Palomar knot and a popular knot used in the Florida Keys called a Shark knot. You should always remember to wet the line before you tighten it down on your lure. The last thing you should always remember is to not over tighten the knot when you cinch it down, just firmly pull on the knot. People don’t realize how hard they are actually are pulling. Over tightening the line will cause line burn which will cause your knot to fail in a stressed situation every time. So the next time you’re on the water try one of these knots out for yourself and see how much more success the right knot with the right line will bring you. If you’re interested in fishing the Potomac River and Susquehanna River contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures fishing guide service (301)820-5378, shallowwaterfishingadventures.net and shallowwaterfishingadventures@gmail.com.

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By Jeff Greene
If you fish the upper Potomac River for any length of time during the summer you will see thick grass cover the river like a blanket in the later part of the summer. You will see a lot of people not fish that same grass. If you don’t fish those grassy areas you’re missing out. Some of the biggest smallmouth bass and largemouth bass I have ever seen on the river in the summer months have been caught in and around the grass. Here are a few tips on how to be successful during the grassy summer months. First tip is to fish topwater early in the morning and late in the evening around the grass, alongside the grass and in the large and small open areas of the grass in the middle of the river. I like to use buzzbaits and poppers for this type of fishing. The next tip is fish spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits on the edges of the grass. Fish these two baits just fast enough that you can see them below the surface of the water. If your using a spinnerbait make sure you have a trailer hook on it. The trailer hook helps with smallmouth short striking the lure. Smallmouths tend to swipe at your spinnerbait before they actually take the bait aggressively. If you are using the chatterbait, use a trailer bait that’s 4inches or smaller. The last tip I have for you is whacky rigging your stick baits. I think this style of fishing is awesome around the grass when it’s very heavy. This style of rigging tends to be very weedless and has very good movement when falling in and around the grass. I will fish stick baits 2.75 inches to 4 inches in size when using this rigging. If you’re interested in fishing the Potomac River or Susquehanna River contact Shallow Water Fishing Adventures fishing guide service (301)820-5378, shallowwaterfishingadventures.net and shallowwaterfishingadventures@gmail.com.