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. One of the things I like to do with the casting reel is to pitch a bait like a jig or a soft plastic to a piling, a ground of dock, or around a pier, or around in this case a marina. What I am trying to do is make it land as close to that piling as I can, let it go to the bottom, and just got to see if anybody is home, shake it a little bit, because the bass are going to be around this pilings for a variety of reason. One, they are going to be there because it provides a current break, like out here on the river. Two, its going to provide an area where it might have a shady side. Three, its a food source for a lot of other things like batfish and crawfish, so the bass are always going to be around stuff like pilings. The key is accuracy, unless you get your bait right up against that piling or very, very close to it, you are not going to really have much of a chance of catching the bass that fishes there. In fisheries that have a lot of people fishing them, there are lot of guys out there that are going to be putting their baits there, so you got to pay attention in getting your bait real close to these pilings, and make a repeated cast, so that you can get a lot of different angles, till you figure out what side these fish are positioned on. Once you do, most of the times the fish will be positioned on that exact same side of that piling, every piling you go to, and you will develop a pattern. So, practice, get out, put your bait exactly where it needs to go, right along the sides of these pilings, and just let it go down, and you will catch some really nice bass with a casting rod. Bait casting reels are really great to use for a lot of different applications. We have seen casting, we have seen pitching, the key is that these reels can handle heavy line and handle heavy baits under heavy rods. So, get out, get one, it takes a lot of practice but you have learned how to do it from the basics, practice them, you are going to love these rods and reels, get one, get a good one, and get out there and have a blast.