This is the time of year I like to walk along Tuckahoe Creek near Queen Anne, Maryland casting for perch and chain pickerel.  For the past couple of years I’ve only caught white perch on the Tuckahoe.  I’ve missed the earlier yellow perch spawn because it frequently coincides with the first wave of pre-spawn rockfish. I thought I might miss it again this year, but today’s rainy windy weather kept me off the Bay.  My four-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever Crockett and I left Kent Island about noon and took the long way around before parking the truck and hiking in to my favorite perch holes.  The rain poured and the fish bit.  It wasn’t hot and heavy like I’ve been hearing about in the Western Shore creeks, but I finished up with six keepers out of a couple dozen  perch, and released a nice pickerel.  My lure was a chartreuse one-thirty-second ounce feather fly tied by my Severn River Rod & Keg Club brother Woody of Maryland Tackle.  I jigged it under a tiny green top float.  A feather fly coupled with a buoyant, lively float is a combination my dad taught me.  My brother Creig has been wearing out the crappie in the TVA lakes using it.  It’s a very specific technique because any old float won’t work. I think I’ll keep the brand name to myself for now, but you might be able to figure it out from the video.  It was great to get out and stream fish for a while.  I’ll visit the Tuckahoe again once the white perch run begins.  As you can tell, Crockett is in his element in the rainy woods.

Posted Sunday, March 6th, 2011 at 10:28 pm
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  1. woody says:

    Thank you Shawn that was a great report.I’m glad you got a chance to go fishing and I hope your brother will like the new feather jigs for the crappie.Thank again…………..woody

  2. Pat says:

    I love fishing in the rain! Did I see some dead people in that video? I jumped around some Tuckahoe/Choptank spots last Wednesday. Saw some small fish caught but didn’t do well myself. Enjoyed a good day driving around the Eastern Shore. Counting the days “til the shad start their run.

  3. Shawn says:

    Disclaimer: No dead people were harmed in the making of this video. 😉

    Disclaimer #2: Woody charged me full price (and then some) for those little flies. I jumped on them when he showed them to me at Bateman’s last week because they are perfect for a technique I know to be irresistible to panfish. Glad to give a shout-out to a buddy who is tying some very nice looking lures.

  4. RiverCat09 says:


    Great video! Thanks for putting it together. Something told me that you were going to do the extra slow retrieve before I saw you do it.

    I caught my first largemouth over the weekend (a whopping 6-incher!) using the same late winter slow retrieve. I caught mine on a 1 1/2″ Fin-S shad with no weight; six casts, three strikes, one fish and I was happy.

    I’m going to try and mix in that slight jigging action that I saw you do. Great pickerel! Those toothy critters sure make short work of thos feathers!


  5. Mike says:

    Great video! This kind of fishing is something I’ve never really learned before. I feel like all I know how to do is pierfishing from Matapeake for blues during the summer. Light tackle fishing is definitely opening my eyes. Good to know there’s something I can do to scratch the fishing itch in February/March! Now all I need to do is find a fishing buddy and get a little rod.

  6. Steve Schneider says:

    Wow,I am impressed with the excellent quality of the video with low light and rainy conditions. I love the color clarity of the pickeral and yellow perch from the cold winter/spring breeding colors of the adults. The banjo music was a comfortable accompanyment. Kudos to you for putting it all together in a short 4 minute segment, wish I was there with you either as the dog or film man. Looking forward to your next. Steve S.

  7. Good one, Cap’n Shawn. There’s art in every kind of fishing. I haven’t used that technique in years. Guess I’d better go see Woody. Never forget any techniques or lures that have ever worked before…

  8. SkeeterBob says:

    I took my two son’s to the exact spot one week eirlier, except I chose to take the long walk and parked at the hunting lot! my boy’s loved it but I ran out of gas quickly!! tide was extreme low and we only had a couple of pull down’s using the old eastern shore favorite of a shad dart & minnow. I’m hoping to get out again this weekend on the Choptank and try a few old haunt’s in greensboro area. great report. tight lines!!

  9. Colin Long says:

    Good fishing and tunes! At the beginning of the video I thought you had the camera mounted on Crockett.

  10. Shawn says:

    Thanks for the comments and Colin, thanks for the inspiration!

  11. picknhand says:

    Thanks for the post. Brought my boy out last weekend to Tuckahoe to hike and will return this weekend with rods in hand to get some action. Nice sound track as always.

  12. Shawn says:

    Appreciate the banjo comments. That’s David Lovett from Knoxville, TN. He played banjo for Mountain Soul for awhile, but last I heard is living on a sailboat somewhere off Rhode Island. Check out Dave’s stuff here:

  13. blue marlin says:

    How did you,,,, nevermind.

  14. Colin Long says:

    Shawn, have you ever been to the Cater House in Hilton Va.? I went last year with my grandfather who is 96. That place is awesome, talk about some banjo playing!

  15. Shawn says:

    The Carter Fold is great, Colin. I haven’t been there recently but performed with the house band a couple of times in 2001 & 2002. Thanks for mentioning it.

  16. Jeremy Gussient says:

    Fishing in the rain huh? What kind of idiot would do that?

    Heading out now!

  17. Chris says:

    Awesome video, it took me a little walking around to find it. Make sure you check the dog for ticks, I found a couple catching a ride on my self.Love the music.

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