Fishing report: Use your electronics

Fishing report: Use your electronics
August 24, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Hydrilla beds are thick. Tides dictate when to fish. Location determines how to fish!

Water temperature is remaining around 80. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A bit more sun this week with the week starting in the 80s and getting to 90 by Thursday before a slight cool down for the weekend. Staying dry until Saturday.”

Hydrilla edges are well defined at low tides with scattered grass out deeper, targets at low tide. Beds dropping into 6 feet or deeper are targets at any tide as there is only sparse grass off the thick edge. But with shallower hydrilla beds, fish remain under thick vegetation at high tides!

You'll need cloud cover for afternoon low tides using topwaters like Lucky Craft G-Splash 65 in shad patterns. Also try small Gunfish walked slowly across scattered grass in front of harder hydrilla edges. With sunny skies, go deeper through grass with swim jigs, chatterbaits and Mann's Baby 1-Minus.

The most reliable bites at low water come in areas without thick grass. Drop shot and shaky head are best. For drop shot, try 20-pound test GAMMA Torque braid with 10-pound test Edge fluorocarbon leader. Start with a 1/8-ounce weight. Use a 1/8-ounce jig head for the shaky head. Start with a small green pumpkin 4.5-inch worms. Soak in Jack's Juice. For shaky heads use 8- pound test GAMMA Copoly. 

At higher water, look for grass beds falling off into deeper water. Cast to edges and feel through grass to submerged thinner edges.

Locating and categorizing the two types of grass edges is key! Use electronics to mark edges and thicker grass lines. Also marking a waypoint on submerged points will provide likely targets. Side-imaging units are helpful.