Last week, winds out of the east clogged fishing spots and boat ramps with dead grass. North winds should clear out the grass to expose the living grass remnants and to make launching much easier. Also, docks could come into play.
Water temperature is slipping too, into the mid 60s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Mid 60s all week and it should be dry. A slight warm-up for the weekend. Overnight lows in the mid 50s. A few clouds mid week.”
Using 1/4-ounce Mann's Classic spinnerbaits with white skirts, locate isolated clumps of grass. At higher tides move to the bank, as the tides fall, look for deeper water with grass. Clear water isn't the best to fish with spinnerbaits, so find some stained water. Slow retrieves using 12 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Also the chatterjigs with white skirts.
Small suspending jerkbaits like the Lucky Craft Pointer 78 in clown patterns will also produce, especially in areas with clearer water. Make long casts. Edge fluorocarbon 10-12 pound test is good, also try 10-12 pond test Copoly. Tap and pause. Vary the length of the pause and how hard the taps are.
Crankbaits are also worth a toss on 12-pound Edge. Mann's Baby 1-Minus in a variety of colors from reds to Shad patterns. Also cover water with Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lipless crankbaits. Engage the grass with these bait and snap free. At higher tides try the Lucky Craft 1.5 rattling cranks.
Make long casts in clear water with 4-inch swimbaits. Edge 14-pound test assists with hooksets. Use the largest Mustad 1/4-ounce swimbait hook that will fit. With the Mann's HardNose, try the 6/0 hook.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org