Steve ChaconasCaptain Steve brings 25 years of bass fishing experience on the Potomac River to columns featured in the BoatUS Trailering Magazine, Sportsman's Magazine, Woods & Waters, and The Old Town Crier. He has also written for the Free Lance Star newspaper, The Mount Vernon Gazette, The Mount Vernon Voice, The American Sportfishing Association and many others. Steve also hosted the National Bass Fishing Radio Show. Capt. Steve is also the BoatUS.com online fishing expert. A U.S. Coast Guard Captain, licensed by the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Steve has the opportunity to fish with anglers of all skill levels, including some of the biggest names in pro bass fishing. He is one of the top bass fishing guides in the country. Steve's been featured in local and national newspapers, magazines and on TV and radio: BASSMASTERS, BASS TIMES, BASSIN' Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, ESPN and others. He's been: emcee of the St. Jude Children's Hospital Tournament the past 11 years, a member of Boat US Speakers Bureau, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and a member of the American Sportfishing Association. Steve has been awarded an Excellence in Craft award from SEOPA and was the recipient of the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce 2002 and 2003 Home-Based Business of the Year Award. Prior to fishing, Steve's careers included teaching high school algebra and sales of cars, computers and surgical products. He also hosted the longest running all-financial morning radio show in the country and is considered to be "The Father of Business Radio".
Hi, I am Captain Steve Chaconas with National Bass Guide Service. For about the last 15 years I have been taking people out fishing on the Potomac River, teaching them how to fish for a Largemouth Bass starting with some of the basic fundamentals and thats what were going to be teaching you today, how to cast, how to decide what lures to use, how to tie knots and a lot of other things that help you get more enjoyment out of fishing. This is a Largemouth Bass, typical caught in just about every state across the country, that what makes them so popular, they are very aggressive fish. See they have a big mouth too so they can suck in a lot of lures and they will eat anything really that swims. So, we use a lot of different lures that will be shown a little bit later on, how to catch these fish, they will eat things off the surface, they will eat worms off the bottom, they also have a lateral line if you could see this line it kind of runs down the side of the fish here and thats key to these fishes survival because theyll pick up vibrations in the water and thats how they find their prey a lot of times in deeper water or in muddier water.
They also have gills, those are the red things that we see underneath their gill flap here, thats basically their lung system, thats how they breathe and we dont want to leave them out of the water too long, also when handling the fish, you want to make sure your hands are wet, because they have a little slime coating on them, that slime coating protects them its kind of like an outer skin. If your hands are wet, the slime won't stick to your hands and it will stay on the fish, but a real pretty fish. When you release a fish too, you want to kind of revive them a little bit, and the way you revive them is just kind of rock them back and forth through the water, get some water to go through their gills and eventually they will let you know when they are ready to swim away. This guy is getting ready to let go and hell will kind of start to resist my hand a little bit and then hell swim off, come on fishy, you got ready, youre ready, there he goes.