Early high tides means using search baits to cover water. As the tide falls there will be topwater opportunities over submerged grass.
Water is in the upper 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Around 90 to start week under partly cloudy skies. The rest of the week highs will be in the upper 80s with a chance of thunderstorms on Thursday. Back into the 90s for Friday into the weekend.”
Crank Mann's Baby 1-Minus over grass, targeting moving fish. Fire tiger when sunny and black/chrome or shad patterns when cloudy. Use 14 pound test GAMMA Edge and a medium heavy action graphic rod. Replace hooks with Mustad Ultra Point KVD triple grip trebles. Vary speeds, beginning with a fast retrieve. Snap free from grass.
Use swim jigs and chatter jigs in craw patterns with soft plastic craw trailers. Either 40-50 pound Torque braid or Edge 14 pound test fluorocarbon. Crawl through grass and snap free.
When water falls, try topwaters like Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers or walking Gunfish. Vary retrieves with pauses and speed. Use 14-pound test GAMMA Copoly or 20 pound braid. Shake hollow frogs on 50 pound braid over thicker mats and slowly expose lures to open water.
At lowest tides, pitch Texas rigged Mizmo tubes with pegged 3/16-ounce bullet weights on 14-pound test Edge to grass edges. Most bites occur on the drop or the first few hops. Vary height of the hops to find the trigger.
With isolated mats, full sun, and calm water, try punching with pegged 1-ounce tungsten weights. Heavy Mustad flipping hooks on 60-pound Torque braid with soft plastic craws gets to the big fish. Allow baits to plunge through. Watch for bites.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com