February Meeting – Jed Woodill
Now in our 28th Year
January Meeting – Pete & Hanna Robbins

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.

July Meeting – Bruce Ingram

Author, sportsman, photographer, and conservationist Bruce Ingram will share his deep knowledge about fishing for smallmouth bass at the PRSC meeting on July 27. You can usually count on Bruce to sprinkle in lots of interesting, and sometimes controversial viewpoints, on fishing, so even if you’ve read his books and heard him speak in the past, Bruce always makes it an interesting evening.

  • WhereMcLean Community Center – Stedman Room, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA 22101
  • When: July 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 for socializing)
Bruce Ingram
Bruce Ingram

About Bruce Ingram

When not teaching English in the Botetourt County, Virginia, school system, Bruce spends much of his time fishing, hunting, birding, and enjoying the great outdoors. He has been an outdoor writer/photographer since 1983. His extensive knowledge is reflected in the many books he has published, including the James River Guide, New River Guide, and The Shenandoah and Rappahannock Rivers Guide. One of Bruce’s recent books, Fly and Spin Fishing for River Smallmouths, covers how to catch smallmouth on fly and spinning rods throughout the year, plus such topics as conservation easements, riparian zone creation/protection, taking kids fishing, canoe camping, birding by canoe, and much more.

Bruce’s books on the James, New, Potomac, Shenandoah and Rappahannock Rivers cover a wide range of float trips available on these rivers, plus information on access points, rapids, fishing hot spots, and trip planning. Basically, paragraph by paragraph, mile by mile, Bruce takes you on a trip down these rivers, so that when you go on your own trips, you will have a safe, productive fishing experience. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Bruce’s books. As an added incentive to buy a book or two, Bruce will be giving away soft or hard plastic lures with each purchase. The only catch to this offer is if the particular lure works, Bruce would like members to send me an e-mail; if the lure is a dud, no need to send one.

In addition to his books, Bruce has also placed some 2,100 articles in magazines and some 2,400 photos. He regularly writes for such magazines as Virginia Wildlife, Wildlife in North Carolina, Whitetail Times, Turkey Country, Turkey & Turkey Hunting, Game and Fish Publications, and many others. Bruce and his wife, Elaine, recently co-wrote a book titled Living the Locavore Lifestyle, about ways to live a sustainable lifestyle by hunting and fishing for food, gathering wild fruits and nuts, and raising a garden, chickens, and fruit trees. It also contains a number of essays on the joys of hunting and fishing.

You can learn more about Bruce Ingram, as well as purchase his books, by visiting hist website, Bruce Ingram Outdoors. For those of you able to attend the July meeting, this should be a very interesting and informative evening. Bruce plans to speak on fishing parts of the Upper Potomac River that not many of us get to. These include Paw Paw to Bonds Landing (13.5 miles) and Bonds Landing to Little Orleans (8.5 miles). Bruce says “the first float is the most beautiful on the Main Stem;” it is isolated and lightly fished. The second float is very good, too. Class I rapids are the max on the entire junket. Bruce says: “This is a true bucket list float.”

Bruce will also discuss other floats, including Taylors Landing to Snyders Landing (4.5 miles), Snyders Landing to Shepherdstown (4 miles), and Shepherdstown to Dargan Bend (8 miles). You won’t want to miss Bruce’s talk on these little-known floats.

June Meeting – Steve and Hershel

Our June meeting will have two speakers Steve Kimm, who has been the Club President since 2014, and Herschel Finch, another long-time PRSC fisherman.

  • WhereMcLean Community Center – Stedman Room, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean, VA 22101
  • When: June 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 for socializing)
Steve Kimm
Steve Kimm
Herschel Finch
Herschel Finch

About Steve

Steve became a PRSC member in 2002 and has also served as Trip Coordinator. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia. He graduated from Langley High School and then East Carolina University. He has also lived in North Carolina and Colorado.

Like many of us, Steve joined PRSC to learn more about catching fish and, specifically, to learn about floats on the many great rivers in our region. He says, “I have had the pleasure to fish the Potomac, the Rappahannock, the three stems of the Shenandoah, the James, and the New Rivers.”

In June, Steve plans to give an interactive talk during which he will be asking many questions of members (warning: sit in the back). Some of the topics he will speak about are fishing with confidence, what to do when they are not biting, and appropriate equipment to catch smallmouth bass. Judging by the gear that can be seen on Steve’s 2-person Cataraft, which he has owned since 2003, it appears he knows what he’ll be talking about.

About Herschel

Herschel Finch has been a club member since 2003. He has been fishing the Shenandoah River since 1977, when he moved to the Valley after leaving the Navy. In those almost 40 years, Herschel has fished nearly the entire length of both forks and the main stem.

He’s gone thru all stages of fishing, from wading with live bait he caught himself, to Rooster Tail spinners, Rebel broken-backs, then plastics, jerk baits, spinners, fishing for muskie, and now… working on his fly-rod technique.

He built his own Pirogh once (a type of flat-bottomed swamp canoe) and destroyed it in 3 years on the rocky ledges we all love on the ‘Doah.

These days Herschel’s favorite baits vary as often as the season, temperature, water levels, and weather changes. He serves as the PRSC Conservation Chairman and is Pro Staff for Jackson Kayak, Bending Branches Paddles, and YakAttack Kayak Accessories. Come on out and pick his brain for fishing secrets.