was special at Pretty Boy this year,"
notes long-time reservoir angler
Jerry Sauter about his 04 efforts
on this approximately 1,600-acre
lake located in north-central Maryland.
20 days of fishing Pretty Boy, Sauter
and his boat mates boated an amazing
51 citation largemouths and smallmouths.
Two of the largemouths were over
seven pounds. Five of the smallmouths
were over five pounds, the largest
of which weighed 6-3. Forty-three
other citation fish were recorded
by Sauter and his pals for the month
lucky companion of Sauter, Brian
Sabo, boated a seven-pound largemouth
and a 5-8 smallie. Charles Fears,
a long-time fishing partner of Sauter's,
had the goal of catching a six-pound
brown bass with Sauter. He did it
by landing the 6-3 on September
21 - one of the largest smallies
registered in Maryland for 04. Most
of these fish bit crawdads. Some
did take topwater plugs and 4"
Texas-rigged Culprit worms. All
fish bit off main lakes points,
George's Run and Frog Hollow, 10-28'
deep. The water temperature was
Boy was impounded back in the 1930's
and remains a good place to catch
a citation largemouth and smallmouth.
Yes, the best anglers use a specialized
reservoir rig powered by an electric
motor, but the weekend basser can
try his or her luck using their
full-sized rig, too. The caveat
is that you can only fish Loch Raven,
Liberty or Pretty Boy with that
readers will recognize Sauter from
the articles featuring his famed
crawdad tactics on Tridelphia and
Rocky Gorge Reservoirs appearing
in our June 04 issue and all the
way back to 2002.
crawdads have been Sauter's "secret"
weapon for years. He simply hooks
them in the tail with a small Gamagatzu
hook, pinches on a 1/8-oz. Split
shot about six inches above the
hook and tosses the dad out. Light
line (Triple Fish 8-lb.) and an
inimate knowledge of the bottom
contours in all the Maryland reservoirs
is what allows Sauter to consistently
land huge fish within a half hour
of sprawling Baltimore.