Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 10:58 a.m.
By Captain Steve ChaconasCSNwashington.com Contributor
Swimbaits have been around for a long time! New and improved swimbaits have been catching fish over the past few seasons on the Potomac. Now is a great time to focus on them. Keep in mind they can be fished many ways. &8232;&8232;
Water temps are still in the 80s! Fish are still sluggish and dont want to emerge from dense grass cover. Early morning is still a good time for topwaterswith this weeks early high tide, start with poppers like the Lucky Craft G-Splash or walkers, like the Gunfish. Additionally, its a good time for the Manns Waker, a cranking lure that has loud rattles and creates a wide wakewhen the water is a bit choppy. Move in to shore cover: pads, wood, docks, and grass edges.
BTW, I have been using Manns 10 HardNose floating snake with a 50 Mustad swimbait hook. This snake floats and creates a ripple on the surface and coils when stopped!
Its important to abandon topwaters with limited results, turning to Manns Baby 1-Minus and spinnerbaits. But, I have had success with bigger fish on a Manns HardNose 5.5 SwimShad. The best hook to use is the Mustad swimbait hook. Two big featuresa bayonet to impale in the HardNoseit stays PUT! And the adjustable weight ballast! I am using a 70 with oz weightby twisting the weight; you can slide it toward the tail of the bait to keep it upright and with a balanced fall. A lift and drop techniques is getting bigger fish! With cloud cover, try slowly swimming this bait. Use a medheavy rod, fluorocarbon line is best!
Punching through mats at high tides after noon on sunny hot days is a good idea. One-ounce Tru-Tungsten weights on 65-pound braidlook for mats with trash and near deeper edges.