Monday, October 18, 2010 10:01 p.m.
By Captain Steve Chaconas
The Potomac River water is starting to clear up just as the acres of grass are starting to break up. Water temperatures are finally holding in the 60-65 degree range and bass are biting better! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says daytime temperatures will be in the mid 60 range with nighttime lows in the mid to upper 40s, pushing water temperatures a bit lower this week. Mid week, a low-pressure system could bring clouds and rain. Cooler water and early morning falling tidesits time to get on the move with crankbaits on the menu.
The best locations are edges. Edges of grass, riprap, docks and hard cover like seawalls are great targets. Im using craw colored or chartreusebrown cranks in 4-6 foot diving range, like Lucky Crafts GDS MINI DR on 14 pound test line on a good cranking rod like the Quantum Tour Edition KVD 72 rods. They are unique composite fiberglassgraphite combination that flex to enable fish to take the bait with enough sensitivity to feel cover like grass and wood. Run crankbaits at medium speed, hesitating after contact with hard cover or stopping in grass before snapping free.
Its also time to bring jigs back onto the deck. Blackblue Manns Stone jigs will skip well under trees and docks. Pitching with a matching chunky trailer or a HardNose craw along edges of grass and into and along hard cover areas. Swimming these jigs along riprap, wood cover docks and grass edges allows coverage of various depths and speed. Use fluorocarbon line!
Fish are moving out of thick grass as it dies and breaks up and closer to the deeper edges. As the tide falls in the morning through the early afternoon, fish will be positioned on outer edges, perfect for the crankbait and jig approach.
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