By Steve Chaconas
The topwater bite should be very good this week as cooler temperatures continue. Falling tides to start the day will dictate which topwater to use.
If you liked last week, you’ll love this week! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Another nice week with highs in the low to mid 80s. The first chance of rain comes on Thursday as temperatures rise to the mid 80s for the weekend. Overnight very cool, upper 60s to 70.”
With water over the grass and an early start, use Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers on long casts on 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly! Find clear water and pop and stop adding various presentations to find the activity level of the bass. Walking lures like the Lucky Craft Gunfish are great choices too!
As the tide falls, move out a bit deeper and keep the topwaters tied on! Hollow frogs like Mann's Super Frog tied to 60-pound GAMMA Torque braid should be twitched over thick grass, pausing in holes. Solid hooksets are essential! For all topwaters, a follow up weightless stickworm will pick up missed strikes.
Find deeper grass edges at the lowest tides with Mann's Baby 1-Minus cranked parallel to the edges. Pitch soft plastics like Texas rigged MIZMO tubes to the deeper edges.
As the tide rises gain, go back to the hollow frogs. After the tide comes in about 2 hours, find shady areas or under docks. Skip wacky rigged stick worms on 8-pound GAMMA Copoly on a Mustad wacky rig hook under docks. This works best in areas with grass at incoming tides and full sun. In areas with pads or marsh clumps, try pitching jigs and tubes.