Fishing on the Potomac
By Steve Chaconas
Fishing After Sandy!
Lower tides during the warmest part of the day could make this week one of the best since Sandy! Water is colder and a bit stained.
The river has really cooled! Expect water to be around 50 for a high this week! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A warm start to the week in the mid 60s will cool quickly as a cold front also brings a rainy Tuesday, followed by temperatures around 50 for the rest of the week. Clouds Wednesday and Thursday before the sunreturns for the weekend. Overnight lows in the mid 30s everyday.”
With water still stained, fish are finding lures through vibration and sound. One of the best lures right now is the legendary ½ ounce Silver Buddy blade bait. This metal lure produces more vibration than any lure with the slightest movement. Fish areas with steep drops and edges. Don’t overwork Silver Buddys. Short burps and slow drops will get reluctant bass to bite on the drop. Use 12-14 pound test Gamma Copoly on a medium heavy rod with a soft tip.
Another lure that will work at lower light is the 1/4-ounce Mann’s Classic spinnerbait. Gold Colorado Indiana blades, and white skirt slowly retrieved through wood cover and grass remnants.
There's still an opportunity to use lipless cranks producing vibration and noise. Try Lucky Craft LVR D-7 in shad patterns, along with reds, depending on light penetration. Less light, go darker. A good cranking rod like the Quantum KVD allows you to slow down and still snap baits out of grass.
Look for clearest water and use Lucky Craft Pointer 100 or 78 if water is clear, like at Blue Plains or Four Mile Run. Downsize line to 10-pound test Gamma Copoly.