By Steve Chaconas
Rising morning tides last week made fishing very difficult. Falling morning tides this week will ease the dog days of August. Low tide with low light will offer good opportunities this week.
Make long casts in clear water or move to stained water, especially once the sun comes out. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Cool mornings and clouds and not too hot for the first full week of August. Chance of showers mainly in the afternoon with highs in the mid to upper 80s.”
A tale of two tides. For lower morning tides, topwaters like Lucky Craft walking Gunfish 80 and G-Splash 65 poppers in Shad patterns worked with a stop and pause cadence on either 30-pound GAMMA Torque braid or 14-pound Copoly will work on hydrilla edges. Also try hollow frogs on 60-pound Torque on outer milfoil beds sections too! With low light, try topwaters until the bite slows. If topwaters fail, use either Mann's Baby 1-Minus or a craw-patterned chatterbaits on 14-pound test Edge fluorocarbon line.
Be quick to go to wacky rigged finesse worms: white, bubblegum, orange, green pumpkin or watermelon with a 2/0 Mustad wacky rig hook. Use 20-pound braid for casting distance with a 12-pound test fluorocarbon leader. Cast and let fall slowly. Let them sit. Shake and drop. Watch line and feel for fish to set the hook.
In the sunny part of the day use heavy drop shots, leaders about 14 inches, on 20-pound braid and 12-pound Fluorocarbon leader with 2/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks and a 1/8-ounce Water Gremlin BullShot weight. Cast or pitch to hard hydrilla edges and work to use weights to feel for submerged grass edges. Keep in one spot a while!