Fishing Report: Topwater Tides!

Fishing Report: Topwater Tides!
July 20, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Start on top and with cloud cover; poppers, walkers and wakers will produce.

Cooler temperatures have kept Potomac water temperatures around 80. The water is very clear in areas. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Mid 80s to start the week with mid 90s by Wednesday. A chance of showers on Monday and thunderstorms on Wednesday. Cooling by the end of the week. Winds light, out of the East until returning from the NW by Friday.”

With a early morning high tide, start with topwaters, bigger ones with a chop or fish areas out of the wind or with shoreline cover. Bigger Lucky Craft G-Splash 80 and louder Gunfish on 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly will bring bass out of cover while covering water. If your spot is choppy with wind, try burning a spinnerbait. Double willows, fire tiger skirts in clear water white in stained. Use 14-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon.

As tides fall or topwater bite slows, try craw pattern chatterbaits and
Mann's Baby 1-Minus. Use shad patterns in clear water, chartreuse in stained. 14-pound test Edge here.

For low mid day tides, use hollow frogs or buzz toads. For both, use 60-pound test GAMMA Torque braid. For toads, use a Mustad Swimbait hook. Also use weightless stick worms. Rig on a 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook with braid fluorocarbon combo for spinning gear. 12-pound GAMMA Edge for bait casting gear. Try a heavy drop shot on 20-pound braid and 12-pound fluorocarbon. A 1/0 or 2/0 Mustad Mega bite hook with 1/8 ounce Water Gremlin BullShot will work well! I pour my special centipedes and soak in Jack's Juice Bait Spray. Use the weight to find edges of hydrilla beds. Keep there as long as possible.