by Steve Chaconas
Glad last week is over! Skim ice and dangerous boat ramps made for a great weekend to go the Richmond Fishing Expo. A new week and a better weather pattern.
Weather is quick to warm, water is not. The deep freeze dropped the water temperature down to 37 degrees. Without sun, it will take a while to warm. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Temperatures will double this week bringing a chance of rain daily. Starting in the low 40s on Monday, look for 60 by mid week then slipping back to the 40s by the end of the week before partly cloudy skies bring a break.”
Water might warm a degree or two, so fishing will be very slow again this week. Crappie will be biting, look for them with Road Runner jigs over cover in deeper water or in the middle of bays schooled about 6 feet deep. Largemouth bass will respond to Silver Buddy lures. Work steeper drops out of the current. Start about 3 feet deep and burp Silver Buddys down drops. Go to 14-pound test GAMMA Copoly to slow the drop a bit.
Drop shot with a short leader in the same areas using a 2/0 Mustad Ultra Lock Light Wire hook and 3/16-ounce weight and 6-pound test GAMMA Copoly on a Quantum spinning reel. Also try Mann’s Stingray Grubs and Punisher Hair Jigs with rattles. Soak baits in Jack’s Juice garlic spray.
Warmer clear waters at Blue Plains and Four Mile Run can be close to 50 degrees! This is the perfect situation for suspending jerkbait, like Lucky Craft Pointer 78s. Aurora Black and shad patterns will work. Spinning gear with 8-pound test GAMMA EDGE Florourcarbon line allows these baits to be presented more naturally.