Low light and low morning tides are perfect for top water frogs, toads and modified buzzbaits.
Water temperature is sliding up into the mid 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A chance of afternoon thunderstorms on Monday, highs everyday with sun around 90. Cool low 70s to start the day!”
The key for all top water will be using weedless lures and braided line. For casting gear, 65-pound test GAMMA Torque will cast a long way and be strong enough to pull bass out of grass and low stretch enables solid hooksets. For spinning gear, try 30-pound test. For baits, use Mann's hollow Goliath frogs, HardNose Toads or the Frankentoad, and buzzbaits. Open frog hooks a bit for better hooksets. Use black in slightly stained water, white other times. Try 1/8-ounce Mustad Swimbait hooks for toads, 3/0-7/0 depending on the size of the toad. Remove skirts from 1/4-ounce size buzzbaits. Thread a soft plastic toad to the buzzbaits. Toad colors black, green pumpkin or white.
As tides rise, try Mann's Baby 1-Minus in shad patterns for clear water or fire tiger for a slight stain. Also try swim jigs and chatter jigs. As the tide rises a bit more, go to a Lucky Craft BDS 4 crank bait. Crank this bait with the rod tip up to contact grass. Hesitate, and then make a short snaps upward to trigger strikes. Use 12-14 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line.
With a high tide and full sun, docks come into play. Try 1/4 ounce Mann's Stone Jigs, either black/blue or green pumpkin with craw trailers. Beef up the line a bit, 16-20 pound test Edge. Also pitch Texas rigged Mizmo tubes.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com