Fishing On The Potomac: Pre-Winterize!!

Fishing On The Potomac: Pre-Winterize!!
November 29, 2010, 3:21 pm
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Monday, November 29, 2010, 10:21 a.m.

By Captain Steve Chaconas

Water temperatures are stabilizing into the upper 40s. Fish are still eating, but you have to slow down and pay attention to the depth you find fish, and the speed...using appropriate lures and presentations. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci sees a dry start to the week with 50s followed by a major rain-maker Tuesday and Wednesday that promises gusty winds. Cooler 40s for the end of the week with dry conditions. Early morning lower tides will position fish on the drops or at remaining grass edges near the drops. Incoming tides roll in late morning, making it tougher to find position of fish.

With low morning water, slow moving shallow crankbaits like Manns Baby 1-Minus, lipless crankbaits like Lucky Crafts LVR D-7 and suspending Pointer 78s in shad patterns can pick off fish on edges. Cast parallel to edges. As the tide comes in, try soft plastics like Manns Stingray grubs, Mizmo tubes and curl tail grubs with open hook jigheads. Open hooks make it easier to hook light-biting fish on spinning gear. Use fluorocarbon line 6-10 pound test. Most bites are just weight. Feel the fish, reel and pull!

Shaky head, drop shot and split shot rigs are also ways to work drops. They allow you to keep baits in one area for a while. Once the depth is found, keep making presentations in these areas, leaving baits in one place as long as possible. Using attractants like Jacks Juice will encourage fish to hold on longer.

The best search bait for this time of the year is the old-fashioned Silver Buddy. Tie to 14-pound test and let go to the bottom. Work Buddys down drops slowly burping until you find the depth fish are holding. This bait snags a lot, so get a good plug knocker!