Professional guides don’t have the option of sitting out a day on the water due to tough conditions. Also, days without fish in the boat are not good for business. So, I took the opportunity to ask Life Outdoors Unlimited Guide Scott Johnson about how he fishes through tough conditions. Scott guides on two amazing fisheries, Susquehanna River and Upper Potomac. Both are known for their clear shallow water and their amazing smallmouth bass fishing. In this interview, Scott teaches us how to get it done no matter what the conditions.
I love this interview. Ok, I love all my interviews and appreciate the time everyone provides. But this one is unique. Ok, all of them are unique. So instead of trying to describe with generalized praise that could be used for all of the anglers that give time to contribute to DockTalk365, let me just be real specific about this one with Spotswood Payne, a Virginia trout, bass and musky professional fishing guide. I tried asking Spotswood about his approach to guiding. When I reviewed his answers, I realized that every answer not only answers about his approach to guiding but also provides important lessons for all of us recreational anglers as well. I also realized and loved that Spotswood goes to a deeper level answering with philosophical and theoretical approaches to fishing rather than solely answering on the practical level of what fly or lure to throw when. While I do like to be told what to throw when, I also love contemplating fishing on a deeper level, which is something Spotswood clearly does. So keep reading and I know you will love this interview as much as I do.
We had such a great time talking with Wes Smallwood, that we had to put the interview into two parts. If you haven’t read part I, you can read it here. In this interview, we start where we left off talking about Wes’ dad and the positive memories created by taking his son fishing. Thank you Wes’ dad! We then get into some Virginia fishing discussion including the fish story behind Wes’ Trophy Citation Smallmouth Bass. Fantastic reading from this young up and coming competitive kayak angler.
It is not often to have the honor to speak with someone who has appeared on the cover of Bassmaster Magazine. So, I was really happy when Mike Mueller agreed to do the interview. Not only do we talk about Mike’s fishing but he breaks down his success with getting sponsorships, which is great advice for all those seeking these type of opportunities.
Living in Central Virginia can be an ideal location for anglers that like targeting many different species. Andy is just such a fisherman who is a multi-species angler. Love the fact that he also targets grass carp, which can be so much fun to battle. Andy also has a great story about some unexpected net help from a fellow angler. Keep reading to see who that net man was.