By Steve Chaconas
In some areas, milfoil grass is beginning to die back, but hydrilla mats still prevent fish from seeing lures! At higher tides, make long casts over clear water. At lower tides, locate hard hydrilla edges or scattered grass.
NBC Channel 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Near 90 to start the week, with a cold front on Wednesday cooling things down to around 80 before warming toward the end of the week. Wednesday also brings a chance of thunderstorms. Overnight lows around 70.”
Anglers fishing the weekend's Battle of the Border Tournament struggled, finding fishing tough on the Potomac. Success included long casts with wacky rigged stickworms. Try a Mustad 1/0 or 2/0 weedless wacky hook or an O-Ring placed in the middle of the bait and a 2/0 Mustad Octopus hook. Line is critical. GAMMA 20-pound test Torque Braid with a 12-14 pound fluorocarbon leader for long casts. Weighted hooks with thin lead solder or Storm adhesive strips enable longer casts and help baits fall faster. Lift, twitch and drop. When the sun is high, they can also be skipped under docks. Watch line and feel for fish. This is an all day presentation and is probably the most consistent way to catch fish right now, regardless of tides or weather conditions. Wind is the only condition that impedes the use of these baits. At lower tides drop shot rig will also produce.
With a low tide in the morning, start with topwaters like Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers or walking Gunfish in clear water areas with scattered grass void of thick hydrilla. Be prepared to abandon when fish hesitate in committing to them. For thicker edges, try Mann's hollow Super Frog with 60-pound test GAMMA Torque braid.