With early high tides, use poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash and Gunfish walkers on 10-12 pound GAMMA Copoly or 20-pound Torque braid. Buzzbaits also worth a shot. Keep a weightless stickworm on deck to cast to missed strikes. Use 20-pound Torque braid and a Mustad 3/0 Mega Bite hook.
Longer and cooler nights are lowering the water temperature to the low 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Highs around 90 all week with a chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon. Lows cooling to mid 60s. Dropping to around 80 on Friday.”
No topwater bite; quickly make a change to Mann's Baby 1-Minus on 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Cast over grass and make contact, then snap free. Also use Chatterbaits and swim jigs in craw patterns.
As the tides fall, locate ditches in the grass and use soft plastics. Texas rigged Mizmo tubes, shaky head, and even dropshot will work on the edges and in the cuts. Weightless stickworms Texas rigged can also be used. The key is to slow down. Try big 10-inch worms too.
The key will be to find areas in the grass that create edges. Ditches in the grass are another solid target. Docks are worth a try while the sun is up and the tide is high. Look for docks with 3-5 feet of water underneath. All of the plastic techniques will work with dropshot providing a seldom seen presentation.
Use hollow frogs on 60-pound test Torque braid worked on top of grass at every tide and cover water. Mat punching is best with hot days, lots of sun and higher water. Use ½ ounce and heavier tungsten weights to punch through mats.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org