Another week to get gear ready. Of more concern is the oil spill in the Reagan National Airport area.
A slight water warm up to near 40 will be short lived. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “After a couple of fairly nice days near 50, another chance of snow or rain on Tuesday and then highs only in the upper 30s.” Cold nights around 20 will make ramps treacherous.
Walking the bank along Four Mile Run, water is around 50 and clear; make long casts parallel to the bank with Lucky Craft Pointer 78 suspending jerkbaits. Use 6-8 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon and Quantum EXO spinning gear. Also in this area try Mann's new 3.75 HardNose Reel N Shad swim baits on the same gear. A slow retrieve with twitches will trigger strikes.
If you can get out in areas like Occoquan Park, head for drops with Silver Buddy lures. Work gently and allow to fall on semi tight line. Take your time. Watch your line. Feel for fish and play them to avoid pulling hooks out of the fish.
Otherwise, try Mann's 3-inch avocado Stingray grubs on a 1/4-ounce ball head jig. Same rod set up. Cast and gently lift bait and allow gliding toward you and dropping to the bottom. Work this very slowly, even stopping at times. Mizmo curl tail grubs and tubes with insert heads also work. It's best to fish with an open hook as detecting strikes can be tough, and the exposed hook makes it easier to stick fish. Soaking soft plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice Bait Spray will encourage fish to hold on longer.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org