As dawn broke this past Saturday morning I found myself on the Potomac river with Mike Poddo president of Iron Kin Hunt Club. I was honored to be invited to share the river with him and especially some of his hotspots. My whole life I have loved smallmouth bass fishing and now I had the chance to do it on a larger scale so you can imagine how pumped I was.
While traveling up the river I was sending out some last minute goodbyes considering how that guy navigated up the river, haha, just kidding Mike. Seriously though this guy was crazy, he had a special jet prop motor and drove us up the river and over the rocks we came. After a 10 minute ride and getting a little chilly we arrived at the first spot and things heated up real quick. I was still setting up my rods and Mike started reeling fish in one after another. I think he felt a little bad cause he offered up one of his best lures to me, and then I was catching fish too.
We continued to fish the hole and the smallies kept biting, it was like we started a feeding frenzy, I couldn’t believe we kept catching fish, I mean the spot wasn’t that big. Catching smallmouths only made it better cause every fish felt twice as big as it was and they all fault incredibly hard, which is a great time on light tackle. Mike ended up dominating that hole and ended up catching a hog of a smallmouth and it was well deserved.
I’m guessing about two hours went by and the fishing finally slowed down so we packed up and headed farther up river. We arrived at the next spot just below a bridge that was just breathtaking to say the least but lets see If it was as great a producer as the first. I actually hooked a fish on my first couple casts while Mike was busy trimming bushes, man I’m not sure what he was doing in the bushes all day, haha. Mike finally freed his lure and got right back on the board and it wasn’t long before I found the snag tree myself. We caught a couple but nothing spectacular at that spot so we drifted downstream to another lil honey hole Mike knew about. Another gorgeous spot on the river and this one definitely held some fatties. We fished there for about an hour or so and pulled some more nice fish out of the river, Mike more so than me this time. He was slaying the fish with his tube bait.
Our time was just about up for the day so we slowly made out way back with at least 30-40 fish under our belts. Not that we didn’t kill it the first time, we went ahead and hit the first spot again, like we could resist. Action was still hot, only this time it was the rock bass that were smashing our lures. It was one after another, and believe me these little guys put up one heck of a fight. I can’t complain considering I caught the largest rock bass I’ve ever caught at 9.5″, a mere .5″ away from citation size in Maryland.
Mike also caught his fair share of rock bass and some more smallies but nothing like the big boys of the morning. I could of stayed all day and fished till dark but we both had stuff to do, and our families waiting on us. Not a bad day is day, on the river for 7 hours and I’m sure we caught over 50 fish, not to shabby if you ask me. All in all one of the best days I’ve had fishing in a long time and I’ve got my bud Mike Poddo to thank for it. Please check him out on Facebook and Twitter, and give Iron Kin Hunt Club a like on Facebook. Thanks for checking us out.