Summer is losing its grip on the Potomac fishery. Grass is breaking up and water is cooling.
Longer cooler nights will allow water temperatures to slide into the mid 70s this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Start the week with 80 and a chance of thunderstorms. Mid 80s and clouds the rest of the week into the weekend. Overnights in the upper 60s.”
Early low incoming tides provide an opportunity to use topwaters! Over matted grass, use hollow frogs. With 60 pound GAMMA Torque braid. In areas with scattered grass, cast Lucky Craft G-Splash Poppers on 12-pound GAMMA Copoly. Vary retrieves, start fast in clear water and then add pauses and slight twitches. Make long cast when possible.
With the cloud cover, spinnerbaits with ¼ ounce Colorado Indiana blades and white skirts on 12-pound GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Run this lure around grass remnants and snap free from grass. Try to run just out of sight under the surface. Mann’s Baby 1-Minus crankbaits on the same line can be fished the same way. Replace hooks with Mustad KVD triple grip treble hooks.
As the tide comes in, move closer to the shore and pitch soft plastics. Weightless stickworms on 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks and 12-pound test Edge cast be pitched or cast. Allow to drop and watch line for bites. Slight lift and drop back to the boat. Also Texas rigged Mizmo Tubes on the same hook but with a 1/8-ounce bullet weight. Small Swimbaits with a large 1/8 ounce weighted Mustad swimbait hook with an additional 1/8-ounce pegged bullet weight can be pulled through grass along with swimjigs and same swimbait as a trailer.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org