Monday, September 12, 2011 5:43 p.m.
By Steve Chaconas
Potomac River water will be in the low 70s. Water is beginning to clear after last weeks rain. Tides are high in mid morning with low tides in early afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "The early part of the week will be sunny with highs in the mid 80s, but falling toward the end of the week into the mid 60s with a chance of showers on Thursday!"
Look for clearest water possible in the backs of creeks or inside edges of hydrilla. With early higher water, start closer to the bank with topwaters or even wake baits. With any chop or stain, go to a walking bait like the Lucky Craft Gunfish. Try darker colors. If water is clear and calm, a G-Splash popper will do. Try some small cranks like Manns Baby 1-Minus. If these arent going into grass, switch to spinnerbaits with white skirts and chatterbaits with white or craw patterns.
After tides fall, move a bit deeper. Keep baits in grass or wood cover. Also use swim jigs like Manns Stone Jig with a HardNose craw trailer. I like blackblue combos with fluorocarbon line and a 7-foot medium heavy rod, like the Biffle Quantum worm rod.
As the sun rises, hit deeper parts of docks with Texas rigged bulky, dark soft plastics. Mizmo tubes with a 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hook and a 316-ounce weight.
With falling afternoon tides, revisit topwaters, targeting visible edges of hydrilla mats. The key is to get the speed right. For walkers, keep the bait moving after initial misses. For poppers, fish can be teased into biting.
Also with lower water, look for tree laydowns. Try Manns Baby 1-Minus with firetiger patterns and spinnerbaits when water is stained or with a chop. Bump cover!