October Meeting – Steve Chaconas
Now in our 28th Year
September Meeting – Walt Cary

October Meeting – Steve Chaconas

Captain Steve Chaconas will discuss fishing with Mann’s fishing products. Also, he recently was appointed to the Maryland DNR Black Bass Advisory Subcommittee, and he will bring everyone up to speed on the changes in Potomac River regulations.

  • WhereMcLean Community Center – Stedman Room, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA 22101
  • When: October 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 for socializing)
Steve Chaconas
Captain Steve Chaconas

About Steve

Steve brings 26 years of experience to his bass fishing guide service on the Potomac River. He has been featured locally and nationally in TV, radio, and print. He was the Fox Sunday News Power Player of the Week for two years. He is a recognized expert source on the Potomac River and is featured on WTOP Radio and many DC TV stations.

Captain Steve is also an outdoors writer with columns in BoatUS Angler Magazine, Sportsman’s Magazine, Woods & Waters, and The Old Town Crier, among others. He has written for the Free Lance Star newspaper, The Mount Vernon Gazette, The Mount Vernon Voice, The American Sportsfishing Association, and many others. Steve also hosted the National Bass Fishing Radio Show. In addition, Steve is featured as the BoatUS and monkeysee.com fishing expert. His reports and commentaries appear online at Comcast Sports, BassFan, WFLS, and Bass N Edge, among other Websites. In addition, he has covered fishing events for radio and TV.

A U.S. Coast Guard Captain, licensed by the Potomac River Fisheries Commission and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Steve has been featured in local and national publications: Bassmaster, BASS Times, Bassin’ Magazine, Boat US Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, ESPN, and others. He’s been emcee of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Tournament the past 20 years, a member of Boat U.S. Speakers Bureau and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, and the American Sportsfishing Association. Steve has been awarded an Excellence in Craft award from SEOPA and was the recipient of the Mount Vernon–Lee Chamber of Commerce 2002 and 2003 Home-Based Business of the Year Award. He has also been awarded the Potomac Conservation Award by the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.

Prior to fishing, Steve’s careers included teaching high school algebra and selling cars, computers, and surgical products. He also hosted the longest running all-financial morning radio show in the country in Washington, D.C. and is considered to be “The Father of Business Radio.”

Steve fishes the Lower Potomac from Pohick Bay into D.C. This includes the Spoils, National Harbor, Broad Creek, Swan Creek, Piscataway Creek, Little Hunting Creek, Dogue Creek and Shoreline. Check out his website at nationalbass.com for more information on fishing with Steve.

August Meeting – C.C. McCotter

Join us in August with local guide, C.C. McCotter of McCotter’s Lake Anna Guide Service, who will discuss fishing for largemouth bass and stripper on Lake Anna.

  • WhereMcLean Community Center – Stedman Room, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA 22101
  • When: August 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 for socializing)
C. C. McCotter
C. C. McCotter

About C.C. McCotter

C.C. McCotter, the founder of McCotter’s Lake Anna Guide Service, has fished Lake Anna for the past 30 years and began guiding 24 years ago. Long since over his competitive fishing days, C.C.’s passion now lies in teaching others, a philosophy obvious after just a few moments on the water. From the tournament contender to a father and son out for some quality time, McCotter takes care of them all. He is the most experienced fishing guide on Lake Anna.

McCotter unofficially started his guide service during the summer of 1989 when he guided his very first “clients” for gas money. In 1990, he finished college and fished weekend tournaments taking several top finish plaques home. By 1992 he switched totally to guiding. In the next five years, the fledgling guide service grew to over 200 days on the water a year. By 1999, McCotter added associate guides to handle the demand that was coming from all over the Atlantic region.
The guide service’s philosophy from the start has always been to offer the best product available for a reasonable price. It is this drive for customer satisfaction and the landing of some huge fish that has made the guide service so successful.

Clients have caught largemouth bass up to 10 pounds with C.C. and countless striper and crappie. The MLAGS founder has been featured in BASSMaster, Fishing Facts, BASSIN’, CRAPPIE, InFisherman, Virginia Game & Fish, Woods & Waters, and many other magazines. McCotter’s vast storehouse of Anna knowledge comes from living on the shores of the lake with his family since 1986.

His dedication to and stewardship of Anna is also evident from his directorship of the annual Fish Structure Enhancement Program. He and his fellow volunteers have created or enhanced 12 Fish Structures in Lake Anna. Another project McCotter initiated, the annual Lake Anna Cup Invitational, grew to 76 teams in 2009 and has become one of the most prestigious events on the lake.

Commenting on his guide service, C.C. stated: “We are totally immersed in guiding and caring for Anna. That’s it. My philosophy is to fish one lake, try and master it, and then teach others. What makes Anna so special is that if you can learn to catch fish here, you can catch them anywhere.”

McCotter is a founding member of the Concerned Bass Anglers of Virginia, a member of the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, and is sponsored by High Point Marina, Anna Point Boat Sales, Nitro Boats, Mercury Outboards, Pure Fishing (ABU Garcia, Berkley, Fenwick, Spider, Mitchell), Humminbird Electronics, Dave’s Tournament Tackle, Anna’s Marine Center and TRACKER Boats.