Fishing Report: Look for Hard Cover!

Fishing Report: Look for Hard Cover!
September 1, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Excessive hydrilla growth is still making fishing challenging! This week a few clouds and cooler temperatures should improve the morning bite.

Morning high tides will require a lot of moving to find fish. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “After a steamy stormy start to the week, daytime temperatures will be a lot more comfortable! Expect a cool-off to the low 80s to upper 70s by Friday. Overnight lows dropping to the low 60s! Warming into the mid 80s for the weekend.” 

Try Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers and make long casts over clear water with 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly line. Also give walkers like Lucky Craft Gunfish a shot. Abandon topwaters if no action and try Mann's Baby 1-Minus and chatter jigs. It's also a good idea to swim Mann's Stone jigs with a HardNose craw trailer. I like GAMMA Edge 16-pound test Fluorocarbon line with long casts dragging through grass.

Continue moving lures as the tide falls, moving toward the edge of grass beds or areas with sparse vegetation.

Fish weightless stickworms Texas rigged on 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks tied to 20-pound GAMMA Torque braid with a 14-pound test EDGE leader. Also try wacky rigging with a 1/0 or 2/0 Mustad weedless wacky hook. Cast and let drop and sit, then move very slowly and drop. Also pitch around dock pilings and allow the bait to sit. Soak soft plastics in Garlic flavor Jack's Juice bait spray.

Look for loose grass that forms a mat. During the sunny part of the day, use a 1-ounce Premiere Tungsten weight on 60 pound Torque. Pitch to mats and shake until the bait drops through and expect a bite on the drop.