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Striper fishing on the Potomac River - Apr 2014
By Gregory Geoffroy
Posted on 4/24/2014 8:01 AM

Striper fishing in the Lower Potomac River, Apr 22, 2014 - I fished with guide Capt. Tom Hughes for striped bass (aka: rockfish, stripers) in the lower Potomac River, not too far from where it joins the Chesapeake Bay.  We were supposed to go to the Susquehanna Flats, where the Susquehanna river dumps into the Chesapeake Bay, which is usually incredibly hot at this time of the year as the big male stripers stage for the spawning, but the water was very muddy with lousy catching.  So we put in at Marshall Hall, MD, on the Potomac well south of Washington, DC and fished in flats areas south of there, generally in 5-8 ft of water depth.  The morning was slow.  He had me toss out a 6" jerkbait and rip it back as fast as I could, and after 4 hrs all I had to show for it was a 15" striper.  After lunch, when a cloud cover had developed, we moved in a bit shallower, and he had me toss a 6" perch colored popper over a shallow area with grass and pop it out vigorously to the deeper water.  That did the trick as stipers came out of the grass and attacked it.  I had 21 fish hit at the lure, 7 hooked up, and I landed four.  Barbless hooks are required which demanded keeping the line tight at all times, and any slack would cause loss of the fish.  My largest was a 36", 12 lb striper.  It is really fun when one of these monsters hits a topwater.  They are tough fighters and it takes an effort to get them into the net.  I recommend this guide, although he is expensive.