This week the FLW Tour visits the Potomac River! Early morning low tides a will be good for topwater bites as fish are coming off post spawn.
Water is still around 85 degrees, grass is growing and water is clearing. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “90s all week with overnight lows in the low to mid 70s. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, especially Tuesday and Thursday.”
Begin the day with hollow frogs like the Mann's Goliath on 65-pound GAMMA Torque braid. A constant twitch without advancing the bait will bring fish out of low tide grass. As the tide comes in, stay with the frog or try walkers like Lucky Craft Gunfish.
As the tide rises, pull lures over the grass. Mann's Baby 1-Minus on 12-14 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line will come over grass and bump wood cover. Vary retrieval speed! Last week we caught them burning the bait. Same goes for Classic spinnerbaits! Indiana/Colorado tandem with a white skirt. Use spinnerbaits with clouds or chop.
Swim 1/4 ounce Mann's Stone jigs with craw trailers on 16-pound Edge line. Crawl and snap from grass. Also try a lift and drop presentation. Try 3 color patterns, white, black/blue, and crawfish. With the highest tides, Lucky Craft BDS 4 cranks worked down to the grass and ripped free will trigger strikes. Use a medium heavy KVD cranking rod with 16-pound EDGE. Shad patterns are working.
Keep a Texas rigged Mizmo tube tied on too. River Craw is a green pumpkin with orange flash tails. Pitch to grass with a pegged 3/16 ounce weight with a 3/0 Mustad Mega bite hook on 16 pound Edge.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org