Fishing Classes 2013

Do you Like to Fish?  Do you want to learn to Fish?  Or do you just want to improve your skills?

 

Learn from Pros and local experts.

John Hutchins

Jim Sutton


Topics include:

  • Fishing the Potomac
  • Boater Safety
  • Casting Techniques
  • Lure Making

Dates: 12 Feb, 26 Feb, 12 Mar, 18 Mar, 26 Mar, 09 Apr, 23 Apr, 14 May, 28 May, 11 Jun, 25 Jun, 09 Jul, 23 Jul, 13 Aug, 27 Aug, 10 Sep, 24 Sep, 08 Oct 2013

Objective: To gain an awareness of fishing on the Potomac River, practice skills and gain confidence before attending fishing events.

Location: The will be held the Ft Belvoir USO at 5940 9th Street (Corner of 9th and Belvoir) Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.map

Driving directions to Ft Belvoir. Please note if you don’t have a Department of Defense identification a valid drivers license will get you in the Tulley Gate from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m. No identification is required to pull your boat up to the Ft Belvoir Marina.

Classes: The agenda is as follows:

12 Feb 2013
Topic: Potomac Bass Fishing; Instructor: Paul Ketrick

Objective: Familiarization with the Potomac River around Ft Belvoir.  Types of environments to fish, where they are located and when to fish them


26 Feb 2013
Topic: Knot tying and Fishing safely while boating;
Instructor: Coast Guard Aux and Paul Ketrick

Objective: Know how to tie basics knots (fishing and boating) and know the rules of the road while boating so you can have confidence enough to focus yourself on fishing and enjoying your time.


12 Mar 2013
Topic: Rods and Reels – What to use when; Instructor: Jim Sutton

Objective: Familiarization with bait casting, spinning (open and closed), fly rods and reels


18 Mar 2013
Topic: Fish Behavior - Knowing your Enemy; Instructor: John Hutchins

Objective: To learn the behavior of Bass in the Potomac.  How they eat, what they eat, when they eat. what effect does water temp or clarity have.  Why to some hang by structure while others live in grass.  How do you safely handle a fish and return it to its environment once caught.


26 Mar 2013
Topic: Pitching/Flipping; Instructor: Jim Sutton

Objective: Know the difference between pitching and flipping.  How to rig your rig for either and practice both techniques.


09 Apr 2013
Topic: Casting Techniques

Objective: Confidence in using a spinning rig.  Familiarization with a baitcasting rig.


23 Apr 2013
Topic: Tidal Water Strategies; Instructor: Jim Sutton

Objective: Understand tidal effects in the Potomac River and learn where to fish when using what equipment.

 

14 May 2013
Topic: Crankbaits and Casting

Objective: Understand when and how to use a crankbait.  Build confidence in casting using a spinning rig and/or baitcasting rig


28 May 2013
Topic: Tidal Water Strategies; Instructor: Jim Sutton

Objective: Understand tidal effects in the Potomac River and learn where to fish when using what equipment.


11 Jun 2013
Topic: Shakey Head; Instructor: Jim Sutton

Objective: Know when to use a Shakey Head.  Learn the basics of rigging and using a Shakey Head.

25 Jun 2013
Topic: 
Spinner Baits

Objective: When to use a Spinner Bait and how to make your own.


09 Jul 2013
Topic: 
Drop Shot; Instructor: Jim Sutton

Objective: Know when to dropshot and when not.  Learn the basics of dropshotting and how to rig your rig for dropshotting.


23 Jul 2013
Topic: 
Soft Baits

Objective:  Understand why soft baits are so popular and learn how to pour your own


13 Aug 2013
Topic: 
Soft Bait Molds

Objective: Ability to create your own soft bait molds using plaster of paris and other techniques


27 Aug 2013; Instructor: Pete O'Dell
Topic: Introduction to Fly Fishing on the Potomac and DC area Part I

Objective: Learn how to fly fish the Potomac River in the DC area


10 Sep 2013;  Instructor: Pete O'Dell
Topic: 
Introduction to Fly Fishing on the Potomac and DC area Part II

Objective: Learn how to fly fish the Potomac River in the DC area


24 Sep 2013; Instructor: Paul Ketrick (see below for directions)
Topic: Gunston Hall Pond Fishing (equipment will be available or bring your own)

Objective: To practice the techniques you learned in class and/or use the baits you have made.


08 Oct 2013;  Instructor: Paul Ketrick (see above for directions)

Topic: Gunston Hall Pond Fishing (equipment will be available or bring your own)

Objective: To practice the techniques you learned in class and/or use the baits you have made.