Fishing on the Potomac: Bass Chatter

Fishing on the Potomac: Bass Chatter
October 2, 2011, 10:14 pm
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Sunday, October 2, 2011 6:14 p.m.

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com

Potomac River water will be in the mid 60s. Water clarity is going to be a bit cloudy, clearing toward the end of the week. Tides are falling to low in the mid morning with higher tides in the afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "After a cool mid 50s and rainy start to the week, a warm up for the rest of the week will be accompanied by partly cloudy skies. Look for mid 70s by the weekend.

Last week the Everstart Series pros gave the bass a steady workout with chatter style jigs and hollow frogs. Ranger-Kelloggs pro Dave Lefebre finished 4th using a combination of these baits to reel in most of his fish. As for colors, Lefebre says he used white frogs on cloudy days and darker ones when it was sunny. But for the vibrating chatter jigs, the pro from Pennsylvania used a black chatter jig with a black blade, black skirt and black craw trailer. A white version was tied on to toss later in the day.

This week, start early with hollow frogs and buzz toads over the grass and close to cover with the lower water. Tie these to braided line. As the tide rises, fish in front of grass edges with cloud cover using Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers and walking Gunfish baits. Keep the walker moving after fish blow up and miss.

With the higher water, move in and over grass with Manns baby 1-Minus crankbaits in craw patterns and even red lures. Then, its a good idea to go with Lefebres chatter jig pattern. He uses fluorocarbon line for less stretch and to snap baits out of the grass.

If water clears, try double willow nickel bladed 38-ounce size with chartreuse or firetiger skirts. Faster retrieve.