By Steve Chaconas
High morning tides early in the week and low tide by the week’s end require flexibility.
Water clarity is key! Ultra clear water is harder to fish! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Another nice DC summer weather forecast with highs on Monday around 85 but cooling to around. 80 for the rest of the week! Chance of showers on Tuesday, with mostly sunny skies the rest of the week.”
Try a few casts with Lucky Craft G-Splash and walking Gunfish in shad colors. Use 10-pound test GAMMA Copoly line. Make long casts. Be ready to abandon this approach and go deeper. With high water, slowly crawl swim jigs and swim baits. Target areas with grass edges with scattered grass in front. Start with 3/8-ounce shad pattern swim jigs with a white craw trailer. Same for swimbaits. Use 4-inch baits with a 4/0 Mustad weighted Swimbait hook to allow baits to get down in grass when slowly retrieved. Snap free from grass or lift and drop. Use 16-20 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line on a 7-foot rod for solid hooksets! As the tide drops and grass is too thick to use these baits, make the move to soft plastics.
Two plastic approaches. Heavy drop shot with 20-pound GAMMA Torque braid and a 12-pound test Edge leader. Finesse baits on 2/0 Mega Bite hooks and a 1/8 Water Gremlin BullShot weight worked slowly on the grass edges in one place. Use weights to find deeper grass edges. The other method is supersizing! 10 inch worms on a 5/0 hook with 14-16 pound Edge. Cast with a pegged 1/8-ounce bullet weight. Swim and drop like the swim jigs.