Fishing On The Potomac: Tubing

Fishing On The Potomac: Tubing
September 27, 2010, 6:45 pm
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Monday, September 27, 2010, 2:44 p.m.

by Captain Steve Chaconas contributor

The weather is changing, AGAIN! Last week we started with water temps around 70, ending with 82-degree water! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says heavy rain early this week, cooling off with partly cloudy skies Wednesday-Saturday toward the end of the week. We should see water temps drop closer to 70. This will make fish more active. But, theres still a lot of grass and with high sun and clear skies, the fish will bury up, BUT still catchable.

Look for grass beds without a lot of hydrilla. The vertically growing milfoil is much easier to fish. With the cloud cover expected, moving lures will be hot again! This includes chatterbaits, spinnerbaits, Baby 1-Minus crankbaits and hollow frogs, depending on tides.

Days will start with a lower tide, incoming. This means a heavy dose of frogs until later in the week when poppers like the Lucky Craft G-Splash and walking Gunfish will work better first thing. If cloud cover sticks around, then moving lures will work fished over tops of the grass at higher mid day tides.

In the absence of cloud cover, Mizmo tubes Texas rigged on a 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hook pitched to grass clumps will work. Lots of casts! Also, choose a weight that allows your bait to get to the fish, depending on the thickness of the grass. Start at 316 and move up to ounce weights! I prefer fluorocarbon line, 17-pound test. But braid or mono will work too. Braid will make it easier to get fish out of grass; mono might not provide the power to keep fish from diving into thick grass. The key is to set the hook straight up to start fish out of grass and play them near the boat. I like medium heavy rods 66 or better.