By Steve Chaconas, Fishing on the Potomac
Getting close to winter patterns with fish staying in 4-10 feet depths. Midday high tides and water temperatures dropping to the low to mid 40s should put fish very close to drops.
Fish will move to warmed cover like rip rap and sunny banks during the warmest part of sunny days. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A mixed bag this week with highs in the low to mid 50s to start the week with overnight lows in the mid 30s. A chance of rain every
day, more likely Monday. Tuesday brings winds over 20 mph in the
early afternoon. A cold front drops temperatures to the low 40s on
Friday into the weekend.”
There's still a moving lure bite. Spinnerbaits like the Mann's Classic on 12-pound Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line slow-rolled through the deeper parts of cover. Best at lower tides. If water is clear, up to 3 feet visibility, baits like Lucky Craft Bevy Shad slowly crawled in the same areas and parallel to drops should produce. During high tide periods in early afternoon Lucky Craft Pointer 78 in lighter patterns worked with long pauses will get cold-water bass to bite.
Grab the spinning rods with quality reels like Quantum’s EXO to reduce line twist, and spool 6 pound test GAMMA Copoly. Mann's Stingray Grubs on a ¼-ounce ball head jig, Mizmos curl tail grubs, and Punisher Hair jigs are the best choices to work slowly down drops, with frequent pauses. Cast parallel to drops to stay in targeted depth.
Drop shots and shaky heads with 4-inch worms, on the same line, allow
baits to stay in one spot, longer. Hooksets: reel, feel and pull! Give all soft plastics and jigs a heavy soaking in Jacks Juice garlic.