Grass is thick and there's plenty of bait. Take advantage of early morning lower tides and cover water.
Water is still in the low 80s, but cooling. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Sunny skies all week with a near 90 start with temperatures falling into the mid 80s by the weekend. Mid 60s overnight.”
The last 2 hours of outgoing tide and first hour of incoming are pretty good! Cooler mornings are great for moving lures. With lower light try Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers or walkers like the Gunfish. GAMMA Torque braid, 30-pound test enables long casts, better hooksets and the ability to keep fish from taking baits into grass mats. When possible, upgrade to strong Mustad short shank triple grip trebles, a size larger.
For the 3-4 hours before low tide or when topwater action slows, use Mann's Classic spinnerbaits. Try swapping front gold Colorado blades for nickel. The back Indiana blade, allows this combo to be reeled fast in clear water. Snap from grass. Use 14-16 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. White chatter jigs will also produce. Try shad or chartreuse Mann's Baby 1-Minus.
Have a wacky or Texas rigged stickworm ready. Work slowly, especially in the heat of the day. Allow to sit for a few seconds for every foot of water being fished. For wacky rigging, use a 2/0 Mustad red octopus hook. A 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook for Texas rigs.
High water offers afternoon challenges. Target hard grass edges or hard cover and no grass. Skip shaky head, Mizmo 1/8-ounce BarbWire heads, with 5-inch green pumpkin or Chartreuse pumpkin Doodle worms. Shake and sit!
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com