Grass continues to break up, making fish more accessible. Falling morning tides provide better opportunities.
Water temperatures are falling into the mid 70s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Beautiful fall weather with highs under mostly sunny skies in the mid to upper 70s. Cool start with overnight lows in the mid 50s. Slight chance of rain.”
Great time for hollow frogs like Mann's Goliath on 60-pound GAMMA Torque braid. Use long rods, make long casts and set the hook fast! Cast over thinning grass, over holes and over dead grass remnants. Slow twitches. Follow up with a weightless stickworm on 20-pound braid and a Mustad Mega Bite 3/0 hook. Cast to missed blow-ups. Also give poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash a shot to finesse fish into biting. Stay with this until fish stop biting.
Move a bit deeper as the tide comes in and use crankbaits. For shallow applications, crank Mann's Baby 1-Minus in the same areas on Edge fluorocarbon line. With more water, Lucky Craft BDS 4 will run deeper. Hang both in grass and snap free. Also tie on chatterjigs with black blades and craw pattern skirts and trailers.
Otherwise, fish deep hard grass edges. Texas rigged Mizmo tubes with a 3/16-ounce weight pitched to these edges work too. Also try weightless stickworms wacky style with 2/0 red Mustad weedless wacky hooks. Allow baits to go to the bottom and watch line on the drop.
Find water with some color to it and stay away from crystal clear water, as these fish are a bit spooky. Here you need light line and smaller natural finesse soft plastic trick worms.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org