Last week’s unexpected warm up has fish willing to take moving baits. Trigger strikes with faster presentations of most techniques. Fish are close to 6 feet toward the shallow part of the drops.
Water is around 45 getting to 50 during the warmest part of the day. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Another mild week with highs in the mid 60s on Monday before rain and cooler temperatures arrive by Thursday with upper 40s for the weekend. Warmer nights with morning temperatures in the low 50s before dropping to around freezing on Saturday.”
With the delayed winter and warmer water, fish are willing to chase baits in their zone. Cast tight wiggle crankbaits like Lucky Craft Flat Mini DR, suspending Pointer 78 jerk baits, and suspending Bevy Shads on 10 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon along warmed areas like rock. Jerk, twitch and pause. Find a cadence to trigger fish. Also try Mann's Classic 3/8-ounce spinnerbaits on 12-pound test Edge. Willow/Colorado gold blades and a white skirt baits need to be crawled very slowly staying in contact with the bottom. Lift over cover and drop. These hits are hard!
As for drop shot, split shot, and shaky head, use 5-inch Mizmo Doodle Worms. Use a variety of presentations, including faster and jerkier movements to trigger strikes. Soak plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice Bait Spray attractant.
Fish Silver Buddy blade baits a bit faster with 10-pound test Edge and a lighter medium heavy rod. Sharper snaps and higher lifts, keep the bait moving. Jerk, lift and drop. Hop and repeat. With all presentations, speed is key. Watch for even a 2-degree warmer area, like over and around chunk rock.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com