Fish are active on the Potomac!

Fish are active on the Potomac!
June 8, 2014, 11:15 am
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Fish are coming off post spawn doldrums. Aggressive presentations are effective!

Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 70s and water is clearing. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Nice weather week! Cool 70s start the day with a high around 80 all week. Small fronts come through all week with clouds and a chance of rain, mainly thunderstorms in the late afternoon from mid week into the weekend.”

Start with topwaters! Lucky Craft Gunfish walked slowly without stopping are effective in calm or mildly choppy water and in clear to stained water. Use GAMMA 12-pound test Copoly. Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers on 10-12 pound test Copoly can be worked with a pop, pop, pop, and pause presentation. Fish are hitting on the pause. If fish miss, just pull the bait, do not pop. Fish will come back. Keep a weightless worm handy to cast to missed blow-ups. As the sun comes up or wind blows, this bite fades.

Mann's Baby 1-Minus dives just under the surface, picking up fish that won't come up to eat topwaters. Change speed and add slight hesitations to trigger strikes. Use 12-14 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. With choppy water, try spinnerbaits. Craw pattern chatterbaits work too!

If the sun comes out, pitch Texas rigged Mizmo tubes to areas in the shade, docks, grass, and any other cover. Use 3/16-ounce weights and heavier to penetrate thicker cover. Go to 14-16 pound test Edge. Jigs are good this time of year. Black/Blue 3/8-5/8 ounce jigs get right to the fish through cover. Swim jigs on long rods with 16-20 pound test Edge. Watch line on the drop as fish are reacting to baits!