NANFA-- Potomac Fishin' Trip

Bob Bock (
Fri, 23 Aug 2002 09:37:23 -0400

Hi, all. On Wednesday, my sons and I went on an old fashioned fishin' trip
to the Potomac River, in the C&O Canal Historical Park across from Old
Angler's Inn. The river was lower than I'd ever seen it, and the boat lauch
was at least 4 feet above water.

We fished with worms and small hooks and came up with several redbreast
sunfish, native to the area. [See photo on Andrew DeWoody's web page,]

We also caught another native, the pumpkinseed sunfish, as well as the
introduced bluegill and longear sunfish. The latter, native to the central
U.S., was one of the most exquisite specimens I had ever seen, and the
furthest south in the river that I had ever found one. (They're
particularly numerous in the C&O Canal at Pennyfield Lock.)

The specimen I caught was every bit as exquisite as the photo Garold Sneegas
donated to the NANFA website:

If people are interested, I'll be glad to lead an old fashioned fishin'
trip/photo session back to the river, to photograph these beautiful,
irridescent creatures. They also are one of the more aquarium manageable
lepomis species, reaching only about 5 inches in length and are no more
nasty (and no less) than a comparable size cichlid.
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