Good Winter Fishing Weather!
After a cold, rainy, nasty week, this week marks a return to fishing! Water temperatures are nearly 15 degrees cooler than two weeks ago, down to below 40 degrees.
This week the weather will improve and provide good fishing time. Low tides will coincide with the warmest part of the day. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A gradual warm-up with highs beginning the week into the low 50s and overnight lows in the upper 30s. By the end of the week temps will be in the upper 50s with a warmer start around 45. Clouds bring a chance of rain toward Friday into the weekend. Light winds all week!”
Start the day very, very, very, slowly. It's Silver Buddy time! Slight burps of the 1/2 ounce silver lure on 10-pound GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line can cover water to find the depth fish are active. Start shallow near deep water.
Once fish are located, use compact baits soaked in Jack's Juice bait spray: Punisher hair jigs, 3-inch Mann's Stingray Grubs, and Mizmo 4-inch curl tail grubs tied to 6-pound Edge on spinning gear. Spraying cold line with Reel Magic line conditioner makes it easier to cast! With grubs, use ¼-ounce ball head jigs.
Cast and let them sit, dragging about 4 inches at a time to keep the bait on the bottom.
Even 2-3 degrees warmer can make a huge difference in fish activity. Tight wiggle suspending crankbaits work in clear water. Lucky Craft Bevy Shad in gold and black patterns along with Pointer 78 jerkbaits worked slowly and stopped will produce during the warmest part of the day with low water. Thinner diameter GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon 10-pound test line will allow these baits to get deeper and stay there.