Fish are still eating but the moving lure bite is slowing down a bit. Speed is key with slow being best. Lighten up line for long casts and deeper presentations.
Water temperatures will start the week in the upper 40s but dropping to lower 40s by the end of the week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Rain likely until Thursday, with highs all week only in the low to mid 50s with overnights cooling to upper 30s by the end of the week.”
Fish will position on drops. Target low tide cover in these areas with Lucky Craft Flat Mini DR cranks. Red for cloudy days and chartreuse patterns for sunny days. Use 10-pound test GAMMA edge and make long casts along edges. Slowly crank to contact cover and pause.
Jig heads with Mann's 3" Stingray grubs, Mizmo 4" grubs, and shaky heads are working with very slow presentations. Use ¼-ounce heads on all of these to keep baits still and to control the speed. Beefing up the baits for shaky head to 5-inch stickworms creates more vibration with little movement. Use 3/16-ounce weights on the drop shot rigs. Soak all soft plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice.
Punisher Hair jigs with bulky craws like Mizmo Swamp Monsters on 10-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line can also be dragged along the drop off edges. Allow the bait to sit and shake. Then crawl and stop frequently down drops.
It's also time to pull out the Silver Buddy lures on 12-pound test Edge. Cast to shallow areas of drops and burp down and pause. Do not overwork this bait.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org