Very short days and longer nights have dropped water temperatures and fish are moving to steep drops.
Water temperature is settling in around 45 degrees, winter fishing.
NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Overnight lows below freezing into the teens through the week. High on Monday, with a chance of rain, and Tuesday around 50. Falling fast on Wednesday with 40 and mid 20s on Thursday. Around 30 into the weekend.
Break out ½-ounce silver Silver Buddy blade baits. Tie to 8-pound test GAMMA Copoly on a medium action rod. Locate the first drops from 3-5 feet into 8 feet or more. Cast to shallows and gently burp and allow baits to fall on semi slack line. Watch for line jumps, set the hook. Take care with fish as a lot of them will be big, so don't horse them.
Use suspending Lucky Craft Bevy Shads and Pointer 78DDs on 8-pound test with medium action rods. Casting gear, try Edge fluorocarbon, Copoly for spinning. Reel down a few feet and use slight taps with frequent pauses as long as 15 seconds followed by very slight taps.
Once fish depth is found, use 1/4-ounce ball head jigs with Mann's Stingray grub, 3 inch avocado color on 6-pound test leader on 15-pound GAMMA Torque braid. Gentle lifts and slow drops keep baits parallel to the bottom, staying in the strike zone. A spray of Jack's Juice gets fish to hold on longer.
Green pumpkin to junebug Mizmo tubes on the same line with a 1/4-ounce insert head fished the same the grub will also produce. Allow bait to glide horizontally and avoid hopping. Let baits sit between movements. Try shaking too.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River firstname.lastname@example.org