Fishing on the Potomac: go slow!

Fishing on the Potomac: go slow!
December 6, 2010, 3:16 pm
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Monday, December 6, 2010, 10:15 a.m.

By Captain Steve Chaconas

The wait for cold-water bass fishing is over! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says we might even see flurries to start the week, with overnight temperatures around freezing! The warm up will only be up to 40 for the week! This will keep water temperatures in the high 30s warming to only around 40 or so!

This means fish will group up, on steep drops near deeper water. Key areas are bays above and below the Wilson Bridge, Belle Haven Cove...and warm water discharges at Blue Plains water treatment plant and Four Mile Run. The warmer areas fish "faster", still a good opportunity to use Lucky Craft Pointer 78s in baitfish patterns, Carolina rigs and even spinnerbaits. But for "natural" locations where water temperatures will be much colder, fish slowly for fast results!

The best lure to use is the Silver Buddy. On 14-pound tests, cast to 4-foot depths, burp down drops! Don't overwork! It's a short lift of the rod and tight line the bait back to the bottom. Pause between burps.

After that, it's time to re-spool! Change line to 6-8 pound test and make adjustments to drag and hooksets. Presentations are slow and this includes soft plastics: 3-inch Mann's avocado Sting Ray grubs on a jig head, Mizmo tubes with R&R Custom baits weedless insert head and other grubs slowly lift and glide, keeping baits close to the bottom! Open hook jigs make it easier to set the hook on light line. Soaking soft plastics in attractants like garlic Jack's Juice encourages fish to hold on longer. Some techniques can force you to slow down like drop shot, split shot and shaky head. Try 5-inch worms on these rigs. Make sure you use a light wire hook too!