Adapt to falling tides. Low afternoon tides will position fish on edges.
With morning high tides and clouds, topwaters cover water. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Cooler 80s this week before getting into the 90s for the weekend. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon on Monday and Tuesday.”
Walking Lucky Craft Gunfish and covering water early will get bites. Use Gamma Torque braid to haul fish out of thick grass. Heavier Mustad KVD Short shank triple grip trebles hold up. Locate water with a bit of current and color. Very clear water is tougher to fish. Make long casts.
As tides fall and sun comes up, moving lures like Mann's Baby 1-Minus, chatter jigs and swim jigs can be worked over grass. At lower part of the tide, pitch Texas rigged Mizmo tubes with 1/4-ounce bullet weights on 16-pound test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line. Cast wacky rigged stickworms like Mizmo Quiver Stix on the same line. When the bite gets tough, dead stick the stickworms. Use O-rings with a red 2/0 Mustad Octopus hook. Allow baits to sit for 10 seconds and longer. Engage grass, then snap free allowing to fall and sit. Look for areas with scattered or no grass in front of thick edges.
In deeper areas close to grass edges and under docks where there is no grass, try drop shot and shaky head. For drop shot, use 20-pound Torque braid with 12-pound test Edge for leader, 2/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook and 3/16-ounce Water Gremlin BullShot weight. Mizmo makes a great 1/8-ounce Barb Wire shaky head. 4-5 inch green pumpkin Mizmo Doodle worms for both techniques.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com