Warm up to winter fishing!

Warm up to winter fishing!
December 2, 2012, 5:00 pm
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By Steve Chaconas, Fishing on the Potomac

Tides will be low in the morning, high midday and falling later in the day. Fish are on drops in water 6 to 10 feet deep. Watch water temps, moving shallower when it gets over 45!

Water temperatures will reach 46, 41 to start the day. Water clarity up to 3 feet. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A warm start to December, highs in the mid 60s. Clouds mid week with a chance of rain on Wednesday as temperatures fall to the mid 50s. Mid 40s on Thursday followed with a slight warm up into the low 50s by weekend when a chance of rain returns.”

Low tides start the day this week, try moving lures early on warmer days, then it's slow and deep! Choose Lucky Craft Pointer 78s on 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly. Long casts and long pauses. Silver Buddys burped close to cover on drops.

It's a spinning rod week with 6-8 pound test GAMMA Copoly line. Drop shot, shaky head, grubs and split shot rigs rotated in spots holding fish. For drop shots and split shots, use Mustad 2/0 Mega Lite hooks and 3/16 ounce BullShots with Mann’s HardNose finesse worm. Soak in garlic Jack's Juice. Try 12-inch leaders. Drop shot in one spot a while. For split shots, drag and stop a few inches at a time. Try this worm on shaky heads too!  For grubs, Mann's 3-inch avocado on a ¼-ounce round ball head jig. Lift slightly and drop! Shake and let sit, move slightly!

Two Punisher hair jigs…1/4-ounce Punisher and Punisher II with a thinner wire hook for better penetration on longer casts. Use Punisher Rattles in soft plastic chunks. Let baits sit...shaking a bit. Spray Jack’s Juice here too.