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Hey everyone, back for another season. I should just stick to golf, but after having a failure year last year, I need redemption.

Here it is....

Last year, a friend of mine and I fished the 301 bridge area a few times for stripers. Results? I think I foul hooked one catfish. Enough said.

His boat is in Occoquan and we were discussing a longer trip in hopes to find some stripers. Obviously with a 26 footer, we will have to refuel, but I was hoping that someone on here can help us out.

If we are to venture out past the bridge towards the bay, where do you suggest? I've looked at the map and see Coles Point, Colton's Point etc.

I believe the striper season opens in May sometime? Hopefully I can find out what bait to use (prefer cut bait, as he is not set up to troll) and get a successful trip under our belt. WINNING.

Thanks for reading everyone and trust me, I'm not looking for anyone's honey holes here, just some insight. To drop a few hundred bucks each for fuel and food, you kind of want to do some research in order to find the fish.

Regards, Rob (Fish n' Chips)
 

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Rob, You might want to check out the Northern Neck Forum of Tidal Fish where most who fish the Lower Potomac River post reports and could give more info. That is where I post my fishing reports. Also the Potomac River Anglers Club has their own message board that I read and post to also. http://prac.proboards.com/index.cgi? You really might want to see if you can get boat rigged some way for trolling. Any where from Coles Point to the mouth of the Potomac River and out to the bay is where I do most of my trolling for stripers. I fish out of Port Kinsale Marina off the Yeocomico River http://www.portkinsale.com/ but live near Leesburg, VA. I mainly troll from green buoy #9 to green buoy #7 back and forth across the river in depths of 35ft to 65ft. Sometime troll from #9 up river to Piney Point Maryland area to Coles Point Virginia and back down river. You guys might want to move boat down river to another marina for a couple of months during the spring trolling season to save on gas and long bumpy boat rides. Even when rough out near where I fish, trolling not that bad in 1 to 2 foot waves. In about the middle of May some start chumming for stripers near buoy #9 at the Hog Island Reef http://www.prfc.state.va.us/sports/Hog_Island_Reef.htm Hope this helps.
 

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Rob,
I used to live in NOVA and used to fish the potomac quite frequently. If you want to catch stripers now is the time-right in your backyard. I used to have 100 fish days just below the Woodrow Wilson bridge on that flat. We used to troll rattletraps but Im sure any crankbait would work. People used to fish cut bait for them. It can be quite good!! Good luck.
David
 
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