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Fishing report: Good weather later in the week

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Fishing report: Good weather later in the week

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Hold on for warmer weather and fish very slowly on steep drops out of the current.

Water temperatures will be in the mid 30s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Strange winter weather. Low 30s on Monday. 40s on Tuesday. 50s on Wednesday and 60 for Thursday into the weekend. Chance of rain mid week. Overnight temperatures this week from 20 to 45.”

Silver Buddy lures work well on 10-pound test GAMMA Edge or with Torque braid main line. Cast to the shallow end of drops and allow the bait to reach the bottom. A short sharp pop and slowly allow the bait to drop back to the bottom. This is where bites occur. Use a medium action rod with a fast reel and set the hook. Focus on the steep drops.

Try Punisher Hair jigs with a small plastic chunk and Punisher rattle. A spray of Jack's Juice will soak into hair. Use 8 pound test GAMMA Edge or as a leader with 15-pound test Torque braid. Fish the same drops and barely lift and allow the jig to glide and sit. Mix in small shakes and slow drags. A medium heavy spinning rod works best. The Quantum Smoke spinning reels are fast and can take up line for better hook sets.

During the warmest part of the day, cast Lucky Craft Bevy Shad suspending crankbaits and work over warmed areas on flats on the drops. Either drag or drag and lift, working pauses into this presentation. Lighter 6 pound test Copoly will allow the bait to run deeper and enable bites to be felt with much more effective hooksets.

Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River info@nationalbass.com

Fishing Report: Resolve to fish more

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Steve Chaconas

Fishing Report: Resolve to fish more

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There is good winter fishing in key areas on the Potomac River. Use lighter line and downsized lures.

Water is between 38-45, depending where you’re fishing. Outgoing tides are often warmer. NBC-4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "The new year will start a bit wet with temperatures around 50. Clearing by Wednesday before dropping into the upper 30s for the weekend.”

Fishing during the warmest part of the day! Dress in layers, wear a PFD, and fish with a buddy. The best spots are out of the current areas with steep drops like Occoquon, Spoils Cove, National Harbor, and Belle Haven. Work lures down or parallel to drops.

Silver Buddy lures work well on 10-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Use a medium heavy cranking rod with a fast reel. Gently burp and allow to drop. Bites occur on drops, so watch line and pay attention for fish when you lift again. Keep hooks sharp!

Follow up with Punisher hair jigs. Using 15 pound test Torque braid with a 10-pound Edge fluorocarbon leader will make it easier to detect light bites and to set the hook on long casts. A slow lift and drop or a slow drag and stop will work best. Work split shot and drop shot rigs slowly with 4-inch leaders on the drop shot, 10 inch on the split shot. Soak plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice. Use the same braid combo used with the hair jigs.

On warmed flats, go with Lucky Craft Bevy Shad, aurora gold, crankbaits. These suspend and can be easily worked to 8 feet deep. Drag and stop. Lift and drop. Tie to 8-pound test GAMMA Copoly. Cast on spinning gear with a medium action rod.

Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. info@nationalbass.com

Fishing report: Great week to fish

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Fishing report: Great week to fish

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Fish are on drops in 6 to 8 feet of water and weather is favorable for fishermen.

Water will range from 38-45 depending on the sun, time of day and tide. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Low 50s on Monday and into the 60s for Tuesday with a chance of rains. Back into the upper 40s and low 50s by the end of the week.” 

Find warmest water. In the Spoils Cove area, the outgoing tide can be up to 5 degrees warmer. Incoming tides can drop water temps the same. Other spots warm with sun. When water is close to 45 degrees, crankbaits like Lucky Craft Bevy Shad, gold under cloudy skies and shad patterns when skies are clear, can be dragged across the bottom. Pause and lift, drag. Keep presentations horizontal along the bottom. Using 10-pound Edge on a medium cranking rod will do. 

For coldest water, Silver Buddy lures on 10 pound test GAMMA Edge line can be burped down drops. Gentle lifts and controlled drops. Using a braid and fluorocarbon leader will provide more sensitivity, but might pull baits from fish. Using a medium heavy cranking rod will be enough to set the hook and not too much to pull baits from fish once hooked. 

Once the depth is located, Mann’s Stingray grubs on 6-pound test Edge and ¼ ounce ball head jigs, and Punisher Hair jigs can be worked along the bottom. Also try curl tail grubs. A soaking in Jack’s Juice Bait Spray helps! Drop shot with 4-inch leaders is also a good bet. Slow down and work areas where fish are being caught for a while with slower and smaller techniques. 

Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. info@nationalbass.com