By Steve Chaconas
Favorable tides could mean a good early topwater bite. Poppers, buzz baits and frogs will work in various conditions.The Potomac is much clearer this week with water temperatures creeping into the low 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Welcome to summer in DC! Hot with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms with highs in the mid 90s all week. Cooling on Friday into the 80s for the weekend.”
In areas with enough water over the grass or wood, try poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash. Use Shad patterns tossed on GAMMA Copoly line on a medium action rod. Make long casts and vary cadence. Also walking Gunfish will produce in the same areas. In pads, buzz frogs and buzz baits work better with hollow frogs like the Mann's Super Frog on 60-pound GAMMA Torque braid is also working. But over matted grass, the hollow frog is best. Use a stout rod! White frogs on sunny days, black when it’s cloudy!
As the tide rolls in, try craw pattern chatterbaits with a matching small craw trailer. Also, try cranking Mann's Baby 1-Minus both work best with 12 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. At the top of the tide, crank a shad colored Lucky Craft BDS 4 on 14-pound Edge fluorocarbon line. With the highest tides, fish docks and pads with jigs and Texas rigged soft plastics on 16 pound test Edge line. Start on the pad edges as the water fills and move in at the high water. Focus on pad points!
Throughout the day, weightless Texas or wacky rigged stickworms are reliable when the moving bite slows. Texas rig with a 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook. Use a red 1/0 Mustad weedless wacky hook for the wacky style.