Shorter days, cooler water and grass is breaking up! Mats create obstacles and opportunities.
Water temperature is slipping to around 70 this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A wet week ahead with Monday around 80, falling to the upper 60s by Friday. Rain possible through Thursday. Overnight lows slipping from the mid 60s to the low 50s by Friday.”
Cover water and target hard cover. Fish grass edges at low tides.
With morning high tides, use loud topwaters over grass patches. Lucky Craft walking Gunfish create commotion. Use 30-pound test GAMMA Torque braid. Move toward the bank.
Fish flooded marsh edges inside grass lines. Pitch Mizmo Texas rigged tubes with 3/16-ounce weights on 12-pound test Edge fluorocarbon line. Pitch weightless, wacky or Texas rigged, stickworms to targets and allow to drop. Watch for bites.
As tides fall, use moving lures over and snap free from grass. Under cloudy skies use dark or craw pattern Lucky Craft BDS 4. Use Mann's Baby 1-Minus when lower. On sunny days use shad patterns. For both, use 12-pound test Edge fluorocarbon line and a medium heavy cranking rod to rip from grass.
With the lowest water use hollow frogs on braid like Mann's Goliath or a buzzbait. Replace buzzbait skirts with white HardNose Reel N Shad for sunny days and a darker one for cloudy conditions.
Docks and wood cover come into play. Tubes or stickworms can be skipped under docks or pitched to wood cover. Peg weights for better hooksets.
Find slightly stained water rather than clear water. Clear water is best with cloud cover or chop. White chatter jigs and swimbaits are also good baits.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org