A good week for morning top waters as the Potomac clears. Low light will enhance these opportunities.
Water temperature will be in the low to mid 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Highs around 90 on Monday and then falling to the low 80s with a decent chance of thunderstorms or showers every day. Mornings around 70.”
Start with Lucky Craft G-Splash 80 poppers on 10-12 pound test GAMMA Copoly line. Cast to inside line of grass and find the speed and cadence fish want. Also target pads at high tide. Hollow frogs like Mann's Goliath on 60-pound GAMMA Torque braid work too. Waker baits are good to try too.
If topwater bite fades, go to moving lures depending on cloud cover and water clarity. With some sun and clear water, gradually work deeper with Mann's Baby 1-Minus on 12-14 pound Edge Fluorocarbon line. Snap free from grass. Chatter jigs in craw patterns will work too. Use new Mann's Reel N Shad by itself or as a trailer. Classic spinnerbaits with clouds and a bit of stained water.
The reliable bait is the stickworm. Mizmo Quiver Stix rigged wacky with an O-Ring in the center on 12-14 pound test Edge fluorocarbon line tied to a 2/0 Mustad Octopus Hook. I like red rubber rings and hooks. Try green pumpkin patterns. Cast and let fall. Let them sit and pull up, snapping free from grass.
At lower tides in the afternoon, heavy drop shot with a 2/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook and a 3/16-ounce Water Gremlin Bullshot weight. Pitch to hard outside edges. I like braid with a fluorocarbon leader. Soak plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org