Fish are moving into winter areas. Slow down and lighten up. Spinning gear for the next 5 months.
Water temperature is going to be in the upper 40s into the low 50s this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Dry and sunny. Highs on Monday around 55, mid 60s by the weekend. Cool mornings in the mid 30s on Monday, but gradually warming for an upper 40s start by Friday.”
Lighter 6 and 8 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon is perfect for long casts and deeper presentations on spinning gear. During the warmest part of the day, cast Lucky Craft Pointer 78 suspending jerk baits near warmed surfaces and fairly clear water, close to discharge plants. Pause to trigger strikes.
Otherwise target areas near deeper water. Winter holes are in bays, out of the current and further from the main river. Use Mizmo 4-inch grubs on 1/4-ounce jig heads. Chartreuse when sunny or smoke on cloudy days. Slowly crawl along the bottom. Let baits fall slowly down drops. Also try Mann's 3-inch avocado Stingray.
Where flats drop off, try split shot or drop shot rigs. Slowly drag and pause. Carolina rigs work too, just downsize to a ½-ounce weight. Attractants like Jack's Juice with soft plastics is a good idea.
Time for Silver Buddy blade baits on 10-pound test Edge. Rods with backbone and 1/3 flex allow fish to run without pulling hooks out. Cast to shallow edges and make short burps to work down drops in short increments. Once a depth is found during the day, work that area. Use electronics to observe baitfish in the area being fished.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com