Sunday, July 31, 2011 10:09 p.m.
By Steve ChaconasFishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com
Fish the Docks!
Potomac River water will be in the mid to upper 80s! Tides are rising in the morning to a high around midday. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says A hot mid 90s start to the week with storms on Wednesday dropping temperatures down to around 90 before storms return for the weekend.
Use bigger Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers and walking baits like the Gunfish for early morning bass on banks, edges of pads, around docks and clearer water areas. If no success, abandon within 30 minutes and go to Manns Baby 1-Minus or Lucky Craft BDS 4 when water is higher. Other early morning baits: chatterbaits with HardNose Jerkshad trailers, swim jigs with Manns HardNose Craws to match: white, craw patterns and blackblue. Cranks are really the best bet. Stiffer rods like Quantums 7 Tommy Biffle Signature series jig rod aid hooksets. Keep moving!
This weeks tides are ideal for dock fishing and punching mats. During heat of the day, fish move into these areas. Pitching docks, try jigs, Mizmo tubes and Swamp Monsters. Use 15-pound and up fluorocarbon line. Texas rig with 30 Mustad tube hooks for tubes and Mega Bite hooks for creature baits. Target pilings. Make many casts as fish likely hit on the way down. Watch line and feel for fish! Most swim out with baits, coming at you!
For punching mats, Manns HardNose Craw green pumpkin with red flake. Use 65-pound test braided line and 1-ounce Premier Pro Tungsten weights, pegged with a bobber stopper. For hooks, a flipping hook with a short piece of heat shrink tubing as a bait keeper. Look for smaller mats and green milfoil columns topped out in loose matted grass. Pitch entire area paying attention to location of bites. Fish bite on the drop!