By Steve Chaconas
This week the Everstart Series visits the Potomac with the tournament taking place Thursday through Saturday. It might be a bit crowded, but fishing is getting good.
Topwater fishing is picking up and the weather is calming down. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Monday and Tuesday look like the best chance for afternoon thunderstorms. Highs early in the week from the low 80s with the mid week warming into the mid 80s before cooling a bit toward the end of the week. Overnight lows in the upper 60s. Winds will stay in the single digits.”
Hollow frogs and bigger poppers work with cloud cover or diminished light. Tie to GAMMA Torque braid for the hollow frog and GAMMA Copoly for the poppers. Black Mann's Super frogs and aurora black Lucky Craft 80 poppers are good choices. Cast over cover, grass or wood. Also try walking Lucky Craft Gunfish over cover at lower tides.
As the sun pops out around 10 or 11, try chartreuse chatter jigs, Lucky Craft BDS 4 in shad patterns, and Mann's Baby 1-Minus. Use the BDS 4 at higher tides and the Baby 1-Minus at lower tides. Try the chatter bait at all tides.
Around noon or so, soft plastics like Texas rigged MIZMO tubes, black with red flake for the muddiest water or green pumpkin with blue tails for semi-stained water work best. Pitch to dock pilings, wood cover or grass holes, clumps or edges. Use 14-16 pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. Fish are hitting baits on the drop, watch line as baits fall! Skipping weightless worms or soft plastic jerkbaits under docks during the hot parts of the day. Stick worms allowed to fall on slack line rigged wacky style will produce.