Forget about going out this week. Icy waters and boat ramps. Brutally cold temperatures as well.
Water is in the 36-degree range. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Freezing overnight, highs only in the low 30s. Snow on Tuesday and a slight warm up into the 40s and in the mid 50s and a chance of rain on the weekend.”
So, what to do? Get tackle ready. Water will be warming in the coming weeks. This week look in your tackle box and stock up. Mizmo Doodle worms and 1/4 ounce BarbWire shaky heads. A couple of Mann's 3/8-ounce Colorado/willow spinnerbaits.
For drop shot, Mustad 2/0 Mega Bite hooks, 3/16 and 1/4 ounce Water Gremlin BullShot weights, and Mizmo green pumpkin Doodle worms. Mann's Stingray grubs, 3-inch avocado and 1/4 ounce ball head jigs. For all soft plastics, a can of Jack's Juice Garlic Bait Spray to add scent and flavor to baits.
For hard baits, stock up on Lucky Craft Pointer 78 and 100 suspending jerkbaits. The clown pattern and Aurora black along with a few shad patterns should have it covered. Same applies with Lucky Craft Bevy Shads.
For line, a few spools of GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon in 6, 8, 10, and 12 pound test. This line can be used for spinning and bait casting reels. Medium action spinning rods for the drop shot, shaky head and tubes, 6-8 pound test. For the jerkbaits, 10-pound test is best on a medium heavy casting rod with a soft tip. In windy conditions, a similar spinning rod.
That should fill your tacklebox. Warm weather is only a few weeks away.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org