Two Hours Out, One Hour In!
During August, you can always expect tough fishing conditions. This August is no different, except the water temperature is cooler. Tides are critical. The last two hours of outgoing and first hour of incoming are the best bets.
Once the sun is out, avoid clear water. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Winds will be shifting all week with a chance of thunderstorms just about every day. Highs will feel more like August with mid to upper 80s all week. Clouds could be around every day.”
Low tide is from late morning to around noon this week. Fish the edges of grass, especially hydrilla. Look for beds with hard edges and scattered grass in front. Best to try topwaters with low light. With clear water, slowly walk a Lucky Craft Gunfish or pop a G-Splash on 12-pound test Gamma Copoly line. Be quick to go deeper. Fish chatterbaits, Mann's Baby 1-Minus, swimbaits, and swim jigs. Baitfish patterns are working tied to 14-pound test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line.
The sun is up around 10am. Unless there’s cloud cover, start drop shotting with 18 inch or longer leaders to keep the bait over scattered grass in front of hard hydrilla edges. Use a light 1/8-ounce Water Gremlin BullShot weight and 12-pound test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon leader on 20-pound Torque Braid. Work along edges until about an hour after low tide.
For milfoil beds, use hollow frogs no matter the time of day as long as there is low water. Buzz frogs work too! After that things can get tough. Find dropshot and shaky head spots: bridges, areas with drops into deeper water, and well up into headwaters.