Monday, November 22, 2010, 8:15 a.m.
By Captain Steve Chaconas
Another week of stable water temps at the beginning of the weekcooling off by the weekend. Water should stay near 53 degrees all week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says a warm front coming in from the south will bring warmer days into the 60s and nighttime lows in the upper 40s. This front will probably produce showers mid week with a cold front overtaking by the end of the week.
In the early part of the week, try more aggressive lures like Manns Baby 1-Minus to pull fish out of grass near deeper edges. I like shad patterns this time of the year, whiteblack back, and whiteblue back. The tide will be falling in the morning and lures will get closer to fish. Fish over grass and, eventually with lower water, cast in front of thicker grass to scattered remnants. Some other movers will be the Lucky Craft LVR D-7 white or shad colors ticked over grass, snapped free and slowly retrieved. Also, Manns Classic ounce spinnerbaits, gold blades, white skirts will work.
Later in the week, suspending jerk baits like the Pointer 78 will be better with the cooler water. There might even be a last chance topwater G-Splash popper bite midweek with low clear water and cloud cover. Fish slowly!
For higher tides, pitch small Punisher hair jigs and Mizmo Texas rigged tubes into thicker grass inside edges and fished slowly on spinning rods with 10-pound test fluorocarbon line.
As water continues to cool, grass will break up further. Look for grass near deeper water and inside edges at higher tides. Fish are also moving to hard cover at creek mouths. Barges above the Wilson Bridge and out of the current areas like National Harbor are also starting to see bigger concentrations of fish.