A nasty week of weather for the FLW Tour guys! They used a variety of baits to ply limits of bass from the Potomac!
Expect water to be in the low 80s and a bit muddy. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “After a nice Monday, with highs in the mid 80s under sunny skies, a chance of thunderstorms sticks around all week. Highs in the mid 80s and overnight lows around 70.”
Many of the same lures used by pros last week will work this week. In the clearest water, walking topwaters like Lucky Craft Gunfish can get aggressive fish. Work slowly and don't stop when fish bite. Another lure is a Buzzbait. Remove the skirt and use a black Mann's HardNose Frankentoad. Braid is best for this. Use over grass and through pads. Have weightless stickworms with 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks ready to throw to missed bites! Throw on GAMMA Torque braid with 16-pound Edge leader.
Spinnerbaits continue to shine. Mann's Classic with gold blades and a white skirt on 14-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Use 1/4-ounce size in shallow water and a 3/8 when tides are in. Reel to grass and keep them in grass. Work lure just below the surface until it just goes out of sight.
Chatter jigs are also effective. Use craw pattern 1/4-ounce lures with black blades. Use a Sharpie to change the shine for dull! Use 14-16 pound Edge line. Contact and rip from grass. Longer rods and faster reels like Quantum EXO casting reels and longer rods will help with the tricky hookset.
Look for the clearest water and stick it out!
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org