Bring out summertime baits and move around grassbeds. Locate hard cover.
Water was warm last week, in the mid 80s, and will stay there this week.
NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “It’s going to be hot and feel hotter! Highs all week around 90 with a chance of thunderstorms every day! Welcome to summer! Overnight lows 65-70.”
Think big! Jigs are a great bait to have tied on all day! Swim jigs, chatter jigs, and pitching jigs are all effective. For swim and pitching jigs, I like Mann’s Stone jig. Both on 16-20 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. For the chatter jig, 14-16 will work. A more compact lure package works best. Short craws with claws extending about an inch past the trimmed skirt works for all three! Present around grass. For other bottom presentations, Mizmo tubes on 3/0 MUSTAD Ultra Point tube hooks should be pitched to grass clumps and worked slowly. You can also swim this presentation through grass and kill it at holes and edges.
Over grass, Mann’s Classic spinnerbaits with gold blades and white skirts will produce. Use ¼ ounce at low tide and 3/8 at higher tides. In very clear water, go to chartreuse and white skirts with willow blades. Tie to 14-16 pound Edge. Mann’s Baby 1-Minus is effective over grass and around wood. At higher tides, the Lucky Craft BDS 4 on a medium heavy cranking rod and 14 pound test Edge will work. Go with shad patterns.
Topwaters early and at low tide will work. Poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash and walkers like a Gunfish are good when the water is clear and light is low.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com