By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
Time to Wind!
Water temperatures are creeping downward, staying cooler in the morning, longer. Fish are more active, feeding on abundant supplies of crawfish and baitfish. Grass is dying off. Bites need to be triggered.
Rising morning tides put fish closer to the bank. Moving baits: crankbaits, chatterbaits, and spinnerbaits. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Overnight lows in the upper 50s start the week, then low 60s in the middle before cooling later in the week. Mid 60s for daytime highs start the week, low 80s mid week, cooling toward the weekend. Mid week brings the best chance for clouds and rain.
Falling tides, combined with midday sun puts fish out from thick grass edges and on deeper wood cover. Contact grass or wood with spinnerbaits. Mann's Classic oz spinnerbaits, gold bladeswhite skirt, are perfect for all but the highest water. Faster retrieves when water is clearer. Try a direct retrieve and a lift and drop presentation.
Mann's Baby 1-Minus comes through wood and grass well with 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Quantums KVD cranking rod with Mustad KVD short shank triple grips add to successful hook ups.
Lucky Craft GDS DR cranks in shad patterns cover running to depths to 6 feet. For in between, try Lucky Craft 1.5. GAMMA Copoly 10 pound test is good over wood and rock.
For plastics, pick the same areas, but slow down with drop shot
later in the tide, using the weight to find cover. Pitch Texas rigged Mizmo tubes on 30 Mustad Ultra Point Tube hooks.
There might be a brief topwater bite first thing in the day, buzzbaits and walkers like the loud Lucky Craft Gunfish might produce, but as the sun rises, change to moving lures mentioned above.