Incoming morning tides. Cover water and make the fish bite. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits and even swimbaits will produce.
Water is holding around 80, but look for that to change as the nights get longer. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Sunny and around 90 all week with a chance of afternoon storms on Thursday and Friday. Cool over night around 70.”
Baitfish are plentiful, so bulk up for bigger bites. The Lucky Craft BDS4 in Shad patterns is a great grass crankbait. The larger profile presents a visible target and its high buoyancy allows contact with the grass where a quick snap and hesitation will trigger strikes. A faster reel like a Quantum Burner and 12 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon help with hook sets. At lower tides, Mann’s Baby 1-Minus is also effective. Bulk up soft plastics too. Shaky head with stickworms on 1/8 ounce Mizmo BarbWire jig head. Texas rig 10-inch worms too.
Mann's Classic spinnerbaits on 12-pound Edge also cover water. Swap the small gold Colorado with a nickel blade. Use the 3/8 at higher tides to reach the grass and 1/4 at lower tides. This is best when there is a bit of color in the water or cloud cover.
Using 16-pound test Edge fluorocarbon, make long casts with Mann'sHardNose SwimShads. A 1/8 ounce weighted 6/0 Mustad swimbait hook allows the bait to achieve deeper presentations and faster speeds as well. As with all trigger baits, contact and lingering in the grass before snapping free is the key.
Punching mats and frog fishing is still on the table. Look for these opportunities throughout the day.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org