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Smallies By The Dozens

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And one the other hand I surely wasn’t breaking any records.

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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.

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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.

Fish On!!!

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Early Morning On The Potomac

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Maryland Bowfishing at it’s Finest

Something I have always wanted to try, I finally got the chance to this weekend cause of a great invite from Steve Poddo, @TheDuder8 from The Iron Kin Hunting Club, @IronKinHC out of Frederick, Maryland. I have been seeing tweet after tweet from these guys at @IronKinHC as they continued to slay the fish into summer. Unfortunately my schedule just has not allowed me time to get out there and join them until this past weekend. Steve and I talked, came up with a plan, a meeting place, and we were off. Having not bowfished before, I was stoked but didn’t know what to expect, especially since I didn’t even how a bowfishing rig. No problem with me, I just grabbed my Bowtech and a couple of my not so great arrows, and I was off. I met Steve at 6:30 in Frederick, and after a brief introduction, and a few stories we were off. Since it had rained all morning, we had a long walk in the mud and slop until we arrived at the river, and then it was on. Now the river wasn’t at it’s finest cause of the rain, but you could certainly spot the carp with not much of a problem. Steve took a few minutes to explain how we were going to do things, gave me a few pointers, and the stalk was on. We slowly walked up the rivers edge steadily staring into the water looking for those dark shadows, or puffs of mud from the river’s bottom identifying the carp we were after. Steve was more than generous offering me the first fish, but since I didn’t have a bowfishing rig I was waiting for the perfect shot. It was all Steve, and my man hit his mark as he pulled the first carp out of the water.

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Yeah that’s my man Steve with his first carp of the day but certainly not his last. We continued down the river, stalking this fish, and as I waited for my first opportunity the anticipation was ever so growing. Not having a bowfishing rig, I was waiting for the most perfect shot I could get as I figured I would loose my arrow, so I wanted to make it count. Finally, I got my first shot, MISS, man it was definitely not what I expected. Aiming was definitely harder than I imagined, as the glare on the water made things difficult. My hat off to Steve, as he had taught himself to shoot his bow instinctively and man was this guy deadly. As you could have guessed, Steve smoked his second fish, after another miss of mine, LOL.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah I know I’m two down, but I do make a little come back. We continue our quest down the river, and we both have a couple more misses, but more good times. We finally get to a point, and Steve spots this giant carp very close to shore, so I got out the camera, and the stalk began. As Steve crept up on the fish, I was slowly following behind trying to keep the camera steady. He got where he felt comfortable, steadied himself, and slowly drew his bow back, “TWACK”, as the water went everywhere, we realized that Steve had just shot over the fish, disappointing but that wasn’t the worst thing that had happened. On this particular shot, Steve’s arrow had made it’s way down to the river bed, and had gotten stuck to never be found. Luckily for Steve, he had another arrow in the truck, and luckily for me we found the dumbest carp in the river. On the way back, while crossing the river, Steve motioned at me, as we both noticed this good size carp swimming right at us. I quickly nocked an arrow, came to full draw, and found my mark. At nearly five yards my arrow pierced the carp, and it was lights out as quick as it happened. My first fish with a bow was incredible.

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Oh yeah, I was finally on the board, and more pumped than ever. I had no idea bowfishing would be such a rush, oh yeah, I was PUMPED! After our celebration, Steve proceeded to head back to the truck to get another arrow, and I’ll admit, while he was gone, I spotted another fish, but missed again, too fun. When Steve got back, we hurried back down the river to where he lost his arrow, and continued upstream as Steve kept telling me it’s better up here, it’s better. I had no doubt and followed him with great anticipation to see what we had in store for us. Well we got where we were going, and I’ll let the following footage explain it all:

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I think the video says it all. I didn’t know what to expect but I had an absolute blast on the river that day, so if you’ve been thinking about it, don’t delay, get out there and try it. I’l sure you’ll love it as much as I did. You can bet I’ll be getting a bowfishing rig as soon as I can, as I can’t wait to get back out on the water with my bow. It wasn’t a deer, but it sure was a hell of a good time during the hunting off season. I want to thank Steve Poddo, @TheDuder8, and The Iron Kin Hunt Club, @IronKinHC. Remember us boys here in Maryland, we BRING IT.

Bow-Fishing, Feeding the Passion when Deer Season is Out.

Just recently I published a story about two great fellas, Tuck (@Prez_Tuck), and his brother Steve (@TheDuder8) , and they are the founders of The Iron Kin Hunt Club. These guys have built the club around three things, Faith, Trust, and Honor. Really what else do you need if you are surrounded by family and friends that live by the same motto, and have a love for the outdoors. In talking with these guys I learned that not only are these guys huge bowhunters of deer, but these guys don’t stop when deer season is over, they have taken it to the next level and have found other critters to go after. Tuck and Steve have certainly made the most of their free time from deer hunting to learn the art of bowfishing. I thought I try and take advantage of all the seasons but it seems as though I’ve been missing boat, and these guys have been hitting the mark, or carp I should say. I don’t wanna give too much away so please take a moment and read this great story written by Steve below:

As a hunter I try to take advantage of every season that I have to legally harvest animals.  I’m always looking for something new, and my first experience was this past year when bow season ended and I was introduced to rabbit hunting.  Rabbit hunting was a blast, and working behind my buddy Stanger’s (@bowfanatic81) beagle was amazing.  As rabbit season passed, I also had an opportunity to hunt some geese for the first time.  We learned a lot on that trip…but that is a story for another time.    Before I knew it April was upon us, and I had nothing to hunt until turkey season.  I still remember asking myself, “What in the world am I going to do until September?”

 

Little did I know the answer was staring me in the face at our local bow shop; Jefferson Archery (@jtownarchery).  I was in there one day and talking to some of the guys that just got back from a bow-fishing trip.  They were very enthusiastic about the experience and knew I would be interested.  So I purchased a very old Parsons compound bow for $20 and the AMS Bow-fishing kit (@AMSBowFishing) for $150 and I was in business.  They helped me get set up, and I was ready for another experience out in the woods at the local creek.

 

Well the weekend came and @bowfanatic81 and I headed to a local creek to test out our new bow-fishing rigs.  The creek was loaded with carp ranging from 5 to 40 pounds.  It was “on like Donkey Kong, JACK!”  The first couple of shots we took missed way high, but  once we figured out that we needed to aim about 6 inches low, the carnage began.   There is nothing quite like hearing your buddy yell “GOT EM!!”, from 50 yards down the shoreline.  We celebrated together, high-fived, took some pictures and then went back to the carp stalking.  That Saturday we ended up shooting 30 carp.  For those curious, I only shoot carp.  (Please respect the fish and check your state regs on what you are able to shoot with a bow).

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I know a lot of people bow-fish from a boat and seem to think that is the way to go.  If I had a boat set up with lights and generators I would think the same.  However, I am very content stalking the carp on the shorelines.  It’s a very unique experience to creep up on a feeding carp about 5 yards off the shore.  They are extremely skittish and roll out quickly if you don’t tread lightly in your stalk.  I now find myself spending many days out in the creek during the summer staying cool in the water with my bow in hand.

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From this experience I found that bow-fishing does not have to be limited to fish.

Stanger (@bowfanatic81) has a pond that was also loaded with frogs.  At night I would walk around the pond with my head lamp shooting frogs.  I tried stalking them in the day time but they would jump in the pond before I could get close enough to shoot.  I started using my bow-fishing rig instead of my deer bow because the arrow is much sturdier and can be shot in the ground with out causing damage.  The first time I tried my deer bow, I shot some frogs using my 50 yard pin at close range but broke $40 worth of Axis’ arrows (no bueno). Regardless, we now have a freezer full of frog legs to eat.  And they are some “good eats” for sure!!

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It is amazing to know that as bow hunters we can hunt critters all year long.  The state of Maryland only requires you to have a fishing license to bow-fish.  I recommend checking your state regulation book for the specific guidelines in your area.  For anyone out there like me, bow-fishing is an awesome way to enjoy the great outdoors and still feed your passion to hunt when deer season is out.  Give it a try if you have the opportunity, it’s a blast.

Easter Fishing Weekend in Maryland

Post written by Shane Muller, Field Editor

DSC 0776 800x532 Easter Fishing Weekend in MarylandEaster Break was here and gone as fast as the snap of a finger for me, but I did get to enjoy my last day on the river with my dad. He has been out a lot in the past couple of weeks with friends and they have caught a good amount of small stripers, nothing super huge.

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Well we knew today was going to be super windy and cold, but we decided to give it a shot because there were reports of guys hammering them yesterday morning on the Flats. So we got up and went out at sunrise, and we fished till 12. The water was super rough and choppy which caused all the mud to be stirred up and fishing dirty water is no good! But we stuck it out, no stripers at all today but I did manage to find a nice largemouth bass! If you guys are looking to fish the flats, my dad has been drifting through 10 ft of water using bass assassins and jigging them, also he has been using rattle traps.  This has been successful for smaller ones. Today I caught my bass on a rattle trap drifting through 7 ft of water. The fish are here and there are more on the way!

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This is the time to be out! It was a well needed day.

Family Fishing Fun in Maryland

So I finally got the family out on our first fishing excursion of the year. There was rain in the forecast the entire weekend and mid afternoon today the sun came out so we took off.

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With the clearing skys and the sun shining it was such a perfect day to wet a line. It was so nice just to be out enjoying the outdoors even though the fishing was still a little slow we managed to get a couple.

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Fish or no fish it was quality time spent in the outdoors with my family. Nothing makes me more proud than to pass down what I have learned in the outdoors to others. I surely hope you got to spend time in the outdoors with your family this weekend.

Maryland Fishing Seasons

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I thought this was the perfect time to write this post as we are getting close to one of the most popular days to MD fisherman. In just about one month the Maryland Trophy Rockfish Season opens on April 21st. Every year there is great anticipation for this beloved day. I am fortunate enough to have an open invite from close friend Dale Emerson to fish on his boat ” THE CHESAPEAKE LADY ” opening weekend every year. It is such a thrill to be part of opening day waiting at the docks for departure. In some ways its like being at NASCAR and you’re waiting for that flag to drop. Being on the bay taking part in this great tradition brings excitement and memories every year. My fondest memory every year is that first bite and everyone yelling ” FISH ON “, it’s like an instant shot of adrenaline. All thoughts and actions go immediately to the task at hand, landing that fish. Opening day of rockfish is a time honored tradition that I personally look forward to every year. If you haven’t had the chance to experience this and pull in a giant rockfish for yourself I highly recommend it. Also please check out the page above for more exciting opening days in Maryland Sport Fishing. Stay tuned as I will have constant updates and pictures once the season begins.

Maryland Fishing in the Spring

Since spring is not officially here, regardless of what mother nature is showing, I felt it was time to start talking fishing. The weather is warm, the skys are blue, and the fish are definitely starting to bite. I have attached a link below so you can get the latest and greatest of whats going on in Maryland, fishing wise that is.

Maryland Fishing Report

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Here’s a nice Maryland Rockfish I caught last year during opening weekend. As you can see from the.picture it wasn’t the nicest of days but it didn’t stop the fish from biting. Spring fishing can be as unpredictable as it can be exciting, just take all the proper precautions and you’re sure of a good time. Make your plans now the Rockfish opener is nearly a month away. Good luck to you on the water this year.