Fishing On The Potomac: Downsize Your Line!

Fishing On The Potomac: Downsize Your Line!
November 8, 2010, 5:31 am
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Monday, November 8, 2010 12:28 a.m.

By Steve Chaconas
CSNwashington.com Contributor

Stability! Water should stay near 55 degrees all week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci calls for a bit of sun every day with overnight lows in the mid 40s and daytime highs up to the mid 60s. This might be one of the best weeks in a while! Fish are moving to edges and to points, out of grass into ditches. Suspending jerkbaits like Lucky Craft Pointers are still good choicesdownsize line to 12-pound test. But, slow rolled Manns Classic spinnerbaits and crankbaits like Lucky Crafts GDS Mini DR in Tennessee shad on 12-pound test will pick off aggressive fish.With incoming morning tides, try soft plastics, fished slowly along drops, like green pumpkin Mizmo tubes with a weedless insert head along with Manns 3-inch Stingray Grub on a ounce round jig head. Both work on light line, down to 6 is best, up to 10-pound test fluorocarbon line. Split shot rigs and drop shot work well. Use split shot to fish flats close to drops and drop shot to work down drops without much of a flat. For these, I use a 20 Mustad Ultra Point Mega-lite hook. Thread a 4-inch Manns Super Finesse worm, soaked in garlic Jacks Juice attractant. The key to these techniques is to slow down!As the tide falls, and water warms, its time to be more aggressive with Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and jerkbaits. For cranks, stop when you hit cover. Spinnerbaits, cast and let it go to the bottom, retrieving just fast enough to keep the bait moving, but slow enough to stay on the bottom. And for jerkbaits, find clear water and vary your retrieve, not only on the length of pauses, but also on how hard to tap the baiti.e. how much action you give it. Shallow (2-4 feet) water use subtle taps. Deeper, harder action.