This is the warmest December ever! In light of this, baitfish are still moving around and bass are close to drops and on hard cover.
Water remains near 50 degrees, but cooling this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "A big cool off on Monday with highs in the upper 40s, warming back into the mid 60s for mid week with rain. Slowly clearing but cooling back down to the mid 40s going into the weekend.”
Cover water with Lucky Craft Bevy Shad suspending crankbaits
in Aurora gold patterns. Toss this on 10 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Use this in areas up to 6 feet deep. Spinnerbaits on 12-pound test Edge cast in the same areas will work. Use a gold Colorado willow tandem with white skirt. Cast and allow this to go to the bottom and slowly retiree, dragging to keep the bait on the bottom. Lift over cover and drop.
Soft plastics like Mizmo tubes with insert heads, 1/4 ounce Mizmo Barbwire shaky heads, drop shot and split shot, and Mann’s Stingray grubs on 1/4-ounce ball head jigs can be worked slowly and down the drop close to flats. Drag and stop all baits. Soak plastics in garlic Jacks Juice Bait Spray. Punisher hair jigs on 8-pound test Edge can be dragged as well. The Jacks Juice soaks into these hair jigs. Use a small craw trailer. Shake and drag. Pitch to visible cover.
Always keep a Silver Buddy tied on to target fish on the drops. A half-ounce silver on 10-pound test burped with various presentation. Short or big rips until bites are triggered.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com