Thursday, October 24, 2013

VA / NC trip part 1 - Potomac drainage

Last week was the most intense species fishing trip I've been on to date. My friends Miciah and Bryce and I had been toying with the idea of an east coast trip for a while. With the week free for all of us, we hit the road from Michigan to D.C. in search of new species.

Our first priorities were northern snakehead and American eel in the Potomac drainage. Unfortunately, the government shutdown prevented us from accessing the spots on the Potomac where friends of ours had caught snakehead and eel in the past. After catching a few sunfish and catfish at a couple potential spots, we switched things up by microfishing an urban stream. With this being my first time fishing the east coast, I was able to rack up quite a nice lifer count right away! All of the fish below were caught with a 12 foot crappie pole rigged with a Tanago Half Moon hook, baited with a small piece of nightcrawler.

Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) - new hook & line species #115


Mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus) - new hook & line species #116


Eastern Blacknose Dace (Rhinichthys atratulus atratulus) - new subspecies


Satinfin Shiner (Cyprinella analostana) - new hook & line species #117


Swallowtail Shiner (Notropis procne) - new hook & line species #118


Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus) - new hook & line species #119


Banded Killifish (Fundulus diaphanus) - new hook & line species #120


Each night we hit the road in order to put ourselves close to the next days' fishing spots. Along the way to our motel, we stopped at a small mill pond by the side of the road. We fished close to vegetation in hopes of flier and other small sunfish. Miciah caught a bluespotted sunfish right away, and not long after Bryce and I each had one as well!

Bluespotted Sunfish (Enneacanthus gloriosus) - new hook & line species #121


The next bluespotted on the end of my line was probably the smallest sunfish I've caught hook & line. We were all pretty entertained with how tiny it was.



What a great first day of fishing!

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