Monday, October 11, 2010, 12:04 p.m.
By Captain Steve Chaconas
The Potomac is still a bit muddy from wind and rain over the past two weeks. Water temperatures dropped to 60 degrees. A warming trend over the weekend produced warmer water into the upper 60s, but look for cooler water toward the end of the week as NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says the weeks warm start will give way to some unsettled weather, cooling off into the mid 60s by the weekend.
Find clearer water in the middle of big grass beds, usually closer to the inside edge. Since tides will be low early in the morning, try hollow frogs, buzz frogs like Manns HardNose Toad, and HardNose floating snake. Start slow, pausing in open areas then twitching. The snake and toad are rigged on 50 Mustad Ultra Point Swimbait hooks. Slowly reel, then stop. When stopped the snake recoils slowlyirresistible for slow-reacting bass.
As tides move in, water warms quickly with sun and fish will be more active. A steady dose of chatterbaits like the Rock N Runner and Baby 1-Minus crankbait, and lipless Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lures will pick up fish once the topwater bite slows.
As the sun gets high, fish a bit deeper into grass. Weightless worms get reluctant fish to bite, or pitch bulky soft plastic creature baits into pockets closer to inside edges as tide rises, and to outside edges as it drops. A heavy drop shot is also effective in and around grass; with 6-inch Manns HardNose Wonder worms on 17-pound test fluorocarbon line in grass around wood, like bulkheads and docks.
The best topwater bite of the day is late afternoon when water is warmer. Its a short bite, but poppers like the Lucky Craft G-Splash 80 and walking baits like the Gunfish 95 work well.