Freshwater Bank Fishing Tips

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I had a great afternoon fishing in a small canal along the Potomac river and thought I would write this Freshwater Bank Fishing Tips post. The mosquitoes were a bit much, but I had a solution for them here that has never let me down.  Didn’t mind spraying the dry powder on my hot sweaty skin at all. Here is my first stop along the trail.

I took a bait caster and spinning reel with me this trip as I have been curious if there are catfish in the canal. This kind of forced me to slow down a bit while fishing with the rubber worm on the bait caster to give time to try out a live worm on the bottom with the spinning reel. I relearned something I really already knew, it takes a long time to fish a spot thoroughly. Several times I caught a bass on this trip right before I was ready to pull up and move to another spot. I think sitting down helped a bit too, lowers your profile so the fish can’t see you.

The above video answered the question on the catfish, they are in there. I swear that catfish was MUCH bigger than he appears on the video, at least twice as big as the largest bass I caught.  Even the man that was walking by that you can hear in the background would agree. Think I might go back one night with my catfish rig and give it a try. Click here for what I believe to be the best priced rod and reel for catfish. It can handle the big ones.

I tried several different rubber worms during this trip and only one produced. I have read and tried so many reviews of other rubber worms and rigs but always fall back to my favorite to start catching bass. Maybe I’m not doing something right with the others, all I know is my favorite always works. Check out my Bass Worm Fishing post here for hooks, worms and how to tie a Palomar knot.

My camcorder battery died on me after the above video and I had to take a still pic for my last bass included below. I caught several other fish on this trip that I just couldn’t record due to technical difficulties. It was a great day and I fished til the end. During my 1 mile walk back to my truck, in the dark, I was great-full this trip was in Maryland versus Florida. There aren’t many snakes to worry about in Maryland, occasional copper head and rare timber rattler. I didn’t have a flashlight either, had I been in Florida I would have taken precautions. Check this post out if you want to see why and how.
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26 thoughts on “Freshwater Bank Fishing Tips”

  1. Good evening Mark. I really enjoyed your post on freshwater bank fishing tips. Your videos were awesome and very insightful. I especially like the one with the catfish. That one you caught looked pretty big to me, it certainly wasn’t anything to sneeze at. Thanks again for the informative post and keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks for commenting William. The catfish was fun and appreciate your kind words on it’s size. It was much bigger in life though. I really don’t understand it, the bass showed up well but the video did not give the catfish justice. Maybe I had him further away from the lens. Please come back again soon. Take care.

  2. Good afternoon Mark I just signed up here.. Great Videos Thanks for taking the time to make and share,, Have a good day..

  3. I really enjoyed watching your fishing trip. It reminded me of how relaxing and productive an activity it is. It makes me want to get back to fishing.

    1. I certainly agree John. I don’t remember ever regretting going on a fishing trip. It just puts you in a good mood. Heck, you have me wanting to go right now!! Thanks for commenting and please keep them coming.

  4. Very insightful article. I particularly liked your point (and link) to that bug spray product. I have a side business where I work as a pooper scooper and one yard I’ve been cleaning this summer has a TERRIBLE mosquito problem. I’m looking for ways to protect myself and think this spray would work wonders.

    1. Thanks Eric, I think you will love it. What I like most about it is you really won’t mind spraying down. Its hard to explain but it doesn’t go on wet but still stays on your skin. Appreciate you stopping by and please let me know what you think if you give it a try.

  5. Hey Mark,

    Great post! I like how you used video to walk us along through the process. Getting a visual and learning that way, coupled with reading and comprehending is such a valuable way to learn.

    I get the feeling that you are a pretty avid fisherman. I must confess that I am not too into fishing and only go once in a blue moon, but I will tell you this:

    I went on a mission trip to Alaska back in May and went fishing by a waterfall and caught a lake trout! It was such an amazing experience!

    Thanks for sharing Mark!

    1. Thanks so much for your post Matt and for going on your mission trip.

      I hope you catch the fishing bug and that it takes hold of you. Promise it will add a lot to your life. Where there is a body of water, there is opportunity.

      God bless you brother and please keep the comments coming.

  6. Hello Mark,

    Like the others, I enjoyed your videos, especially of the day III. I wanted a fish at least like the bass you returned to the river; but I caught a very bad cold because we went out early in the morning with my son-in-law and it had rained a lot; what good was that at least he caught some good fish. Thank you again for sharing your videos.


    1. Thanks so much for your comment Renan and glad you got a chance to go fishing with your son-in-law.

      Bummer you caught I cold but, I got to thinking about it and I would rather go fishing with a cold than go to work healthy:)

      Please come back soon and leave more comments. God bless and hope your over you cold.

  7. Hey Mark,

    What great advice you offer here. Love the videos, sometimes I get tired of reading on the computer and it’s nice for someone to just tell you how to do it. What is your favorite way to catch bass that you mentioned in the text?

    Thanks for an informative post,


    1. Well thanks Kyle, so glad you stopped by. Rubber worm is by far my favorite way to catch a bass. Watching your line go out before you set the hook is nirvana. The rubber warm approach is also very good for fishing where there are a lot of snags in the water as the hook is embedded in the worm.

  8. Hi there! That’s a nice post you have created here.
    Very nicely explained and easy for a reader to understand.
    I will definitely come back to this site in the future.
    I’m sure many people will find this article as useful and interesting as I did.
    Thanks for sharing this nice information.
    Cheers and best of luck to you.

    1. Thanks so much Kush, so glad you enjoyed the post and hope you come back again soon.

      Hope you get a chance to go fishing soon.

  9. I enjoyed the reading! I’ve visited your outdoor type website many times before, I also enjoy the outdoors and outdoor-related items. While I’m no fisher, your videos certainly make me want to begin fishing someday in the future. I hate it when your recording device runs out of battery, when you’re trying to catch a moment outdoors.

    1. Please give fishing a try LakanDula, it can truly change your life. Yea, the technical aspects of trying to keep new material on the site is the biggest challenge. Low budget for now but who knows, perhaps in the future I will be able to invest a bit more in some of the newer equipment.

  10. Hi Mark. I like the post and thanks so much for the tips. I’ve only fished twice before but didn’t catch anything unfortunately. I do want to try it again though. Do you recommend any specific posts or links for beginners? How long does it take you on average to catch a fish? And how do you compare your skills now versus when you started? I know its a lot to answer but would really appreciate your help. Thanks.

    1. Thanks for the post Michael, I would recommend going to your local bait shop for advise. They will know what works best in your area. Man, how long on average to catch a fish is a difficult question. You can go all day without catching a thing and then all of the sudden the turn on. You just have to stick it out. To be honest, skills in fishing can wax and wane. You can get out of practice.

  11. The videos that you provide us with are awesome. Your Freshwater Bank fishing tips are very comprehensive and useful. I really want to go fishing now! I forgot how peaceful and quite it is, I miss that. Your post brought me back so many memories, I think I am going to go fishing next weekend. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Wow, this is just the website I needed. I love fishing, but have never been extremely well at it. You have done a great job of showing me just what I need to do to succeed. Your use of videos has been a great help and shown me that it is actually possible to catch the big fish!

    1. Thanks Jaime, hope you get back out there again soon. There is no way you can go wrong fishing, just get out there and enjoy.

  13. afternoon Mark thanks for this amazing article with videos included i have enjoyed the videos that you have share and seriously i’m confused to really tell which one to prefer being the best because they were all amazing

    thanks for sharing and please keep sharing this informative posts over and over again



    1. Well thanks Jose, it was a lot of fun putting them together. Hopefully I will be able to add some more in the near future. God bless.

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