This is the biggest transition of the season. As hydrilla dies it creates opportunities to reach fish, cooler temperatures make them more active.
Water temperature starts the week around 80. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Only in the upper 70s for the beginning of the week. Overnight lows in the upper 50s. By week’s end, a warm up into the mid 80s and overnight lows in the 60s. Mostly sunny all week.”
There are two approaches to the hydrilla die off. First, hollow frogs over grassbeds, especially at lower tides on 60-pound GAMMA Torque braid. Look for floating dead grass over living mats. Walk slowly and stop and twitch over holes. The other technique is punching mats on sunny days. Small floating patches near docks or wood cover and close to the edge of thick living grass are good targets.
Otherwise, Lucky Craft BDS 4 big-bodied crankbaits in Shad patterns on 12-pound test GAMMA Edge are great to cover high tide water over grass. Contact the grass, lift and snap. The brief pause will trigger strikes. Use the same lift and pause with chatterjigs. Try different colors especially craw patterns. Use a Sharpie to black over the shiny metal blade. At lower tides, Mann's Baby 1-Minus can cover water.
At low tide and on hard edges, try shaky heads, Mizmo BarbWire 1/8-ounce heads with 5 inch Doodle worms on 10-pound test Edge tied to 20-pound Torque. Drop shot the same areas with the same line and baits.
Avoid gin clear water. Stained water makes fish less wary and more likely to fall for an artificial lure.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org