By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com
The river continues to clear and cool! Fish are positioning on drops. Water temperatures start around 36 early, possibly rising to 40. Tides start low in early morning then later in the morning later in the week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Another brief warm up will quickly be replaced with highs only in the mid 30s during the day before getting into the mid 40s and up to mid 50s by the weekend. But overnight, temperatures will range from mid 20s to mid 30s!
Colder water has fish on drops, making them easier targets. Fish slowly and use light line! I carry 3 or even 4 spinning reels and one casting reel.
For the casting reel, spool 14 pound test Gamma copolymer line and tie on a ounce Silver Buddy. Use this all dayor once fish are found try others. Cast to 3-foot depth and make short burps down steeper drops. Locations are out of the current near deeper water with sharp drops. Pay attention to depths fish are being caught.
Once located, fish can be caught with Punisher Hair Jigs. The ounce blackblue combos with Punisher chunks and rattles on 6 pound test Gamma copolymer can be worked very slowlystopping frequently and shaking! Bites are either thumps or just pressure with movement.
Other baits: 3-inch avocado Manns Stingray grub on ounce jig heads, green pumpkin Mizmo tubes with ounce insert heads, and green pumpkin 4 inch curl tail grubs. Work very slowlya slight lift, glide and dropa shake or two also produces. A constant soaking in Jacks Juice attractant is going to encourage fish to hold on longer.
With warmest (45-50), clearest water work Lucky Craft Flat CB DR cranks along drop-off edges.