Fishing report: Cooling off Fast!!

Fishing report: Cooling off Fast!!
September 17, 2012, 1:47 pm
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Water temperature will be in the mid 70s this week. Fish are buried in grass with an abundant food supply. Fishing hard cover, low tide grass edges and scattered grass away from grass edges will produce.

Fish will be on the move with clouds, but staying put on hard cover with sunny days! NBC 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Showers on the way late Monday with high winds and rain on Tuesday. Highs slipping from around 80 early in the week to the low to mid 70s and back to the upper 70s for the weekend. Overnight lows around 60!

An overlooked technique this time of year is drop shotting drops or grass edges. Light line like GAMMA Copoly 8-pound test prevents finicky bass from feeling resistance. Soaking soft plastics in Jacks Juice garlic bait spray encourages fish to hold on. Use light wire hooks like Mustad Mega Lite wide gaps to Texas rig weedless. Slow presentations required.

Work crankbaits like Lucky Craft 1.5 RT in shad patterns on 10-pound GAMMA Copoly on shallow wood cover at lower tides, around riprap at higher tides and docks and bridge pilings.

Texas rig MIZMO Tubes on 30 Mustad Ultrapoint Tube hooks on 14-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line pitched to grass edges, docks and scattered wood. Texas rig weightless stick worms in all areas.

With high morning tides, clear water over grass beds, buzzbaits might work, but walking a loud Lucky Craft Gunfish could bring up a few good ones early or with clouds. As tides fall, throw chatterjigs with green pumpkin skirts and green pumpkin Manns HardNose Flippin Craw trailers. Vary speeds. Manns Baby 1-Minus will work too! In clear water, try shad patterns. Crawfish patterns have been working very well in all water clarities.