By Joe Cermele
This week, I had the chance to chase largemouth on the Potomac River with bass pro Dave Wolak. It was cold and breezy, and though the section of river we hit is known to hold an astonishing amount of bass, they were astonishingly tough to pattern. Despite pounding every likely late-season haunt, only a couple fish opened their mouths. But it didn’t matter to me. If you spend a day fishing with a guy like Dave and don’t come away a smarter fisherman with some new tricks, something’s wrong. Here are a few pointers I gleaned from this Elite Series angler.
If It’s Brown, Flush It Down
Dave pointed out that the Potomac is known for its vast grass flats, and sure enough, we motored our way across great expanses of milfoil and hydrilla gently waving in the current. However, seeing that it’s late in the season, most of the grass was brown and dying. Now, had I been out there alone, I would have looked at that grass and thought, gee, what great structure. Normally I’d be right, but according to Dave, if the grass is brown, boogie out of there. “Bass and baitfish don’t like to hold in dead grass,” he told me. “It still looks good, but because it’s no longer producing oxygen, the fish don’t use it. It’s pretty much a waste of time to fish it.”