Daves says docks tops for bass


January 22, 1995|By LONNY WEAVER

Bass fishing professional Woo Daves believes that "docks are the universal bass structure of all time. Unlike some bass structures, boat docks are found everywhere."

In 1991, when the B.A.S.S. Masters Tournament was here, most of the top catches were made around tidal docks.

"But, there is a lot more to fishing docks than just going up and casting to them," Daves said at last week's BASS EXPO at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium.

Daves believes that you should approach a dock with establishing a certain fishing pattern in mind. For instance, if you find a productive dock in shallow water, fish only shallow-water docks until the pattern changes.

"With floating docks, a lot of times you will find the fish right up against the bank or suspended around the outside edges of it," )) he said.

"Other times, the fish will be on docks with wooden pilings. And don't make the mistake of fishing just the front of the dock."

With wooden docks, Daves' first casts are to the corner pilings. The next will be to any ladder and the third will be under the dock to the pilings further back.

On floating docks he hits the two outside corners first, and then any way he can get a cast back under the dock in the shade.

Good dock fishing lures, according to the B.A.S.S. pro are 1/8 -ounce J-Mac jigs with a No. 101 pork trailer as well as his famous 4 1/2 -inch Woo Worm. Both choices should be fished very slowly.

Daves advises that "a final consideration with dock fishing is successfully landing bass that are hooked under these conditions. With floating docks you won't have much problem, but docks with pilings can be a different story.

"My best advice is to set the hook and move the fish out as quickly as possible. If you nail a big fish you can't always do that, though, so give it some line and let it run. You can then usually work your rod around the piling and go to the bass, which is likely to swim into open water."

This is especially good advice to local anglers who fish Piney Run Reservoir, with its extensive docking area. I've had success dock fishing at Deep Creek Lake, too.

I also ran into Bob Denyer of Reel Bass Adventures at the expansive BASS EXPO. I had a wonderful day on the lower tidal Potomac fishing with Rickie Gaines, one of the outfit's superb guides, early last fall. This is a fairly new outfit that has some of the finest guides working the Potomac.

In addition to Denyer and Gaines, other guides are Larry Dixon, Bob Troup, Steve Folkee, Barry Vuolo, Bob Parker, Alton Smith, Vic Mercogliano and Andy Andrzejewski -- a virtual who's who of area bass professionals.

Denyer and crew have put together a 60-minute video, "Bass Secrets of the Potomac River," that is a must for veteran and novice tidal bass anglers. Hot bassing spots covered are Bryan Point, Piscataway Creek, Fox Ferry Point, Smoots Bay, Marker 56, Freestone Point, Occoquan River, Chicamuxen Creek, Aquia Creek and Bitter's Rockpile.

You can get a copy by sending $17.95 to Reel Bass Adventures, Box 1311 A.E., Simms Landing Road, Port Tobacco, Md. 20677. Also, you can call (301) 839-2858 for their free area fishing report throughout the year.

Add to your library

Ken Penrod has another book fresh off the press titled, "Ken Penrod's Tidal Potomac River Fishing Bible."

Penrod, who probably is the Potomac's most famous guide, now has a virtual library out on Potomac bassing.

On my own Potomac reference shelf you will find his "Fishing the Tidal Potomac River," "Fishing the Upper Potomac River" and "Tidewater Bass Fishing." Each can be ordered by calling (301) 937-0010.

This latest Penrod book is an update to "Fishing the Tidal Potomac River," published in 1988. It covers the river's fishing opportunities and requirements from Little Falls to the U.S. Route 301 Bridge and includes about every tributary along the way. It is an invaluable piece of work for the tidal Potomac angler.

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