Fishing Report: Start on top, then cover water!

Fishing Report: Start on top, then cover water!
July 13, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Low early morning water good for topwater or other moving lures! 

Water clarity is good around grass beds and temperatures are holding steady in the mid 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A warm and possibly stormy start to the week! Highs on Monday in the mid 90s with highs the rest of the week slowly dropping until Friday when temperatures might not reach 80! Partly cloudy skies all week.” 

With calm water, the Lucky Craft G-Splash 80 on 12-pound test Gamma Copoly can produce nice fish. Walking Gunfish or buzz baits with a bit more noise will work with a bit of chop. Abandon topwaters when bites subside or fish consistently miss baits. Go deeper with the rising morning tide; Shad patterned Mann's Baby 1-Minus will work along with craw or shad pattern chatterbaits. 

Move to the bank before noon or to pad edges. Fish in pads will eat hollow frogs like the Mann's Super frog tied to 60-pound GAMMA Torque braid. 

Also try toad style soft plastic topwaters on 60-pound Torque with a 4/0 Mustad Swimbait hook. 

Swimbaits in shad patterns will cover water and a lot of depths as the tide moves in! 7/0 Mustad Swimbait hook with a 1/4-ounce adjustable weight for the 5-inch baits and 5/0 with 1/8-ounce weight for the 4-inch baits. When water is high, swim jigs will work, craw or shad patterns. Braid here or 16-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. 

In the heat of the day, drop shot or shaky head pitch to areas without grass...like docks, weed edges or holes, or pads. Also use jigs in these spots. A good soaking in Jack's Juice Bait Spray will encourage fish to hold on longer.