Fishing for Holiday Gifts?

By Steve Chaconas Fishing for Holiday Gifts? 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! Football players wear gloves for better grip. Fishing gloves must enable finger use for knot tying and sensitivity. Fish […]

Lunker Learning

By Steve Chaconas Lunker Learning To become a better bass fisherman there’s no substitute for time on the water, except for Robert Montgomery’s new book Kickin’ Bass. Writing for Bassmasters Magazine, Montgomery has covered bass fishing for several decades. He’s written many books offering tips for catching bass. His recent offering boasts to make the […]

Snakeheads, a Protected Species?

By Steve Chaconas Snakeheads, a Protected Species? More divisive than politics, debates over whether Potomac River Northern Snakeheads should be a protected sport fish lit up social media pages after being ignited by a Washington Post Op Ed by John Mathwin. In 2004, Frankenfish frenzy covered pages and TV screens across the country. Even the […]

Stockpiling Bass

By Steve Chaconas Stockpiling Bass When tournament anglers bring fish to the scales two things happen. Some fishing areas are heavily fished, resulting in depletion and fish are stockpiled at launch areas. While many anglers believe an area might be over-fished, data for the Potomac River has not been conclusive as the bottom line is […]

Fill the Swamp

By Steve Chaconas Fill the Swamp The Virginia Marine Resources Commission said no to the National Park Service plan to fill Dyke Marsh along the Potomac near Belle Haven Marina. NPS boundary buoys have raised questions by many anglers. Excavation in the 1940s, used to create the Pentagon and Reagan National Airport, left Dyke Marsh […]

Oh no, not another tie!

By Steve Chaconas Oh no, not another tie! Dude, don’t get Dad another tie! He might wear it…only when you are 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 guy who was always […]

Culling Regulations On the Potomac

By Steve Chaconas   Culling Regulations On the Potomac To pierce or not to pierce is confusing for Potomac River tournament anglers. Tournament fishermen can legally catch a limit, 5 fish over the minimum size, and then begin to cull out their smallest fish when replacing it with another larger fish. Possession of the 6th […]

Snakeheads, the Other White Meat

By Steve Chaconas   Snakeheads, the other white meat.   If thoughts of eating fish from the Potomac River don’t turn your stomach, then concentrations of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), should. PCBs are linked to cancer, skin irritations and lesions, developmental fetal impacts, and disruption in hormonal functions. Eating fish is the major PCB exposure source. […]

The minnow would not be lost

By Steve Chaconas The minnow would not be lost In the 1930s 3M Scotch Tape was invented, Birdseye prepared frozen dinners, and a Finnish man with a plan (and appetite) carved a legendary fishing lure. Lauri Rapala deciphered the food chain…big eats small, wounded become dinner. With a shoemaker’s knife, sandpaper, and an eye for […]

Major Expansion of National Harbor

By Steve Chaconas   Major Expansion at National Harbor Already serving thousands of tourists and convention travelers, National Harbor is adding housing for tens of thousands more residents. These residents will hopefully use the accommodations for reproduction.   National Harbor and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have teamed up to increase and restore habitat […]