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Here in Washington, DC, land of the sound bite, where instant messaging is now replacing email as too slow and too cumbersome, where future fishermen don't have time to read instructions, I decided that fishing could be reduced to a 20-30 second attention span. So every part of fishing from "boots to business end" is covered in a 30-second - or less - soundclip (actually, DVD video now! Or even YouTube for your PDA or 3G-enabled webphone.)
Why Washington, DC?
First, that is where I am. Second, it is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and therefore one of the most important fish & wildlife sections on the East coast. Third, think of sending photos to your friends as you haul up a 4lb catfish right in front of the Jefferson Memorial - or with the Washington Monument behind you, as a basis of comparison. Fourth, the fishing is diversified and fabulous. Imagine going to the National Zoo to fish! (In Rock Creek Park!)
The point is, one can fish anywhere and learn a lot about one's local neighborhood. How many people in Washington would know where the Titanic Memorial is, if they didn't fish the Potomac Channel? I don't need a GPS; I've caught two of the biggest large mouth bass and catfish I have caught anywhere off the wall there.
Let's Get Going
Oh, and I am not going to talk about any piece of equipment that I haven't caught fish with. This is not your typical bass guru advertorial!
If you are here, then you have either seen the TV show or the DVD, so the following is a bit of a refresher or filling out of items I didn't have time to discuss in greater detail.
Just to keep it simple, all of this takes place on what is generally considered fresh-water: rivers, streams, lakes, ponds. Many of our favorite fish are anadromous -- that is, live in both salt and fresh water, migrating for spawn or to feed on those that do (like catfish, shad, largemouth bass, striped bass/rockfish) -- so much of this information can be carried with you to the sea or certainly the Chesapeake Bay.
I am also going to emphasize spinning reel fishing, with some sides to baitcasting, but very little on fly fishing. If you don't know the difference yet, you will!
Jump to any of the following areas to refresh yourself on how to fish in a flash. Don't forget to look at the FAQs. Depending on your browser, you may be able to magnify photos by "right-clicking" on a picture to View Image with Zoom.
And please, tell us a bit about yourself. Or write in with any further questions you may have.