Guiding a Guide

By Steve Chaconas Fulfilling a New Year’s Resolution, fly fishing was on the table for 2020. Our fifth annual two-day small mouth bass fishing trip with Captain Matt Miles almost never happened. Traditionally my buddy Alan Friedlander and I schedule a trek to Lynchburg Virginia in August. However our trip last year was postponed due […]

Fishing for Holiday Gifts – Annual Guide

By Steve Chaconas Fishing for Holiday Gifts – Annual Guide Shopping for anglers is frustrating; but for the person on the receiving end, there’s a guaranteed stint in the return line! Choose gifts for on and off the water! When fishing expert AFTCO makes a hoodie, it’s a sure thing it isn’t just carrying a […]

Fish Headed For Cover

By Steve Chaconas Fish Headed For Cover For many, 2020 was a tough year. Anglers weren’t exempt. Maryland’s Governor Hogan banned fishing in March, April, and much of May. When local fishermen finally hit the water, the normally prolific Potomac River’s submerged aquatic vegetation was absent. Fish congregate in grasses and spawn, making it easier […]

Bass Fishing’s Busiest Angler Just Got Busier

By Steve Chaconas Bass Fishing’s Busiest Angler Just Got Busier Highly successful BASS UNIVERSITY (seminar series), Podcasts, YouTube page (Going Ike and In the Shop videos), along with the IKE Foundation (charity introducing kids to fishing), 48 year old full time bass tournament angler Michael “IKE” Iaconelli is tossing his line into professional kayak fishing. […]

Bass Fishermen are in Hot Water

By Steve Chaconas Bass Fishermen are in Hot Water It’s been a difficult tournament season, covid-shortened by Gov. Hogan’s recreational fishing ban. Many trails played catch up, having more tournaments in a shorter period of time, many during the hottest part of the season. With record heat in June and July, limiting bass tournaments during […]

Federals Fishing

By Steve Chaconas Federals Fishing Fort Hunt High School is legendary in Northern Virginia, and in many cases around the world. Known for exemplary academic performance and world champion high school marching band, its alumni stick together. There’s something about the bonds created in the land owned by George Washington’s Mount Vernon and in the […]

The Virtual Show Must Go On

By Steve Chaconas The Virtual Show Must Go On Fishing lures cast today likely starred at an ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) show. The industry’s largest sportfishing trade show is produced by the American Sportfishing Association, located in Alexandria, VA. Decades of relationships have been forged and loads of tackleboxes filled when buyers, […]

The Annual – Oh no, not another tie! – Column

By Steve Chaconas The Annual – Oh no, not another tie! – Column Dude, don’t get Dad another tie! He might wear it…only when you’re in town or when you mention it. He really dreads having to tie one on for you! It’s Father’s Day, put a bit of thought into the gift for the […]

From Go Fish to Don’t Fish – This Virus Bites!

By Steve Chaconas Round the clock news coverage, toilet paper hoarding, just about every business closed, March came in like prespawn and went out with social distancing. Worse than muddy spring waters, Coronavirus put a halt to tournament fishing across the country. At a time when anglers should have been taking fish photos, the CDC […]

Cyber Fishing

By Steve Chaconas Cyber Fishing National bass fishing magazines used to be the end all source for fishing information. The best writers and photographers shared secrets of the pros, the top 10 ways to fish any technique, and strategies for every season. These collections provided resources to improve angling success. However, the top publication, Bassmasters […]