Fishing on the Potomac: Cool off ahead!

Fishing on the Potomac: Cool off ahead!
October 6, 2013, 9:30 am
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Last week got pretty hot! Water temperatures rose into the mid 70s. Fishing improved as hydrilla beds thinned out, leaving floating grass over what's left.

Expect a water temperature drop to mid 60s! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “The heat wave ends Monday with storms and high south winds as the cold front chills us back to normal with highs the rest of the week in the upper 60s to around 70 and overnight lows around 50. A few clouds until Thursday when skies clear for the weekend.”

Last week a solid white Mann's Super Frog bite was on with good sizefish caught. Gamma Torque Braid 50 pound test was a must to haul fish out of thick grass. Target areas with floating debris over hydrilla beds close to deeper water. Work frogs very slowly to allow fish to find it through the grass. This could be an all day bite if water doesn't get choppy in the wind until low tide. 

Low water in the morning, try grass edges with Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers and Lucky Craft Gunfish. In areas with submerged grass, Mann's Waker on braided line can be worked on the surface at various speeds.

As the tide runs in, work crankbaits over submerged grass. Mann’s Baby 1-Minus to start, and with more water, go to the Mann's Baby X diving to 3 feet. Use 12-pound test Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon line. Contact grass and snap upwards with a pause.

At the highest tides and midday sun, try docks, pads, marsh banks, and wood cover in the backs of creeks with Texas rigged MIZMO tubes. A 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Tube hook is a good size match with 14-pound test Edge.