By Steve Chaconas
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Post spawn should be winding down for the largest number of fish, but keep an eye for fry and target the guarders. Recent rainfall has muddied sections of the river. Finding clear water will be important. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “An unsettled weather pattern will continue with Monday bringing more rain, especially late in the day. High around 80 with Wednesday close to 90. Thursday brings a chance of rain and thunderstorms before a cloudy Friday arrives. Cloudy and around 80 for the weekend.
Early morning high tides make shoreline cover and docks primary targets. Firetiger Mann's Baby 1-Minus, chatterbaits with chartreuse skirts, and shad pattern Lucky Craft BDS 4 crank baits are good choice over grass and around wood. With clear water and cloudy skies, try burning double willow spinnerbaits with fire tiger or chartreuse skirts. Also at high tide, hard edges like pads are good in areas where bass move in to feed. Pitch Mizmo tubes on 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line on a 7 foot casting outfit.
White floating worms under docks or around cover will work. If the sun is up at lower tides, target deeper docks or deepest part of docks. Texas rig green pumpkin MIZMO tubes with a 3/16-ounce weight on 14 to 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. Pitch tubes to pilings focusing on the down current side. Try 1/8-ounce shaky heads with 5 to 6 inch worms. Soaking soft plastics in garlic Jack's Juice will encourage fish to hold on longer.
Try swimming 1/2 ounce Mann's Stone jigs with a HardNose craw around grass and wood. Black and blue patterns work best, but keep greenpumpkin standing by if water is clearer. Use either GAMMA fluorocarbonor Torque Braid.