The week the fish and we have been waiting for! Spawning fish are shallow and coming up in waves. Fish can be caught in pre spawn and spawn this week.
The full moon, water temps steady in the 60s, and blossoming azaleas have encouraged nature to take its course. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Great week ahead, with daytime highs in the low to mid 80s and overnight lows around 60. Chance of rain late Wednesday.”
For pre spawners, target scattered cover away from flats or banks with riprap or seawalls at higher tides. Try Lucky Craft 1.5 crankbaits in chartreuse or Shad patterns. Use 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Use Pointer 100 suspending jerkbaits if water is clear. Cover water and flats!
Carolina rigs can also cover areas with sparse grass. Make long casts and slowly drag and stop. Use lizards soaked in garlic flavored Jack's Juice Bait Spray. Torque braid main line with 12-pound test fluorocarbon and a 3/4-ounce weight.
Three good techniques to target the spawners are tubes, drop shot and shaky head. Rig the Mizmo green pumpkin tubes with an insert head on 12-pound GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Pitch to cover, including docks. For shaky heads, use 1/8 ounce Mizmo Barb Wire heads and a Doodle worm in watermelon or green pumpkin. For drop shots use a 2/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook and a 1/8-ounce weight on 10-pound test.
Don't forget to fish a 5 inch green pumpkin stickworm rigged Texas style on a 3/0 Mega Bite hook or wacky rigged with a rubber O-Ring and a number 2 Mustad Octopus hook on 12-14 pound fluorocarbon line.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org