By Steve Chaconas, Fishing on the Potomac
Another week similar to last without the favorable late afternoon low tides. Low incoming water will present early morning shallow cover and grass remnant targets, but presentations need to be very slow. Water clarity hasn't returned to the river, but is much better in incoming tides.
Water will be cooler 45 in the morning, warming a few degrees in the afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says,
“Nice weather for Thanksgiving week! Highs in the mid 50s and overnight lows in the upper 30s with light winds makes for a pleasant week with very little chance for precipitation. A few clouds might appear through the week.”
The ideal moving bait will be a 1/4-ounce Mann's Classic spinnerbait. Slowly retrieve this bait close to low water cover. After the tide comes in for a few hours, try working Silver Buddy ½-ounce silver lures. Short burps of this lure on 12 pound test GAMMA Copoly will catch a variety of species largemouth, crappie, white and yellow perch and what ever swims! Start at 3-4 feet and work down drops.
Locating fish on drops allows other bait options. Punisher Hair jigs with a Punisher rattle on 6-pound test GAMMA Copoly on spinning gear with a good drag, like Quantum's EXO, will work. Also give Mizmo tubes with an insert head and Mann's Stingray grubs...both with 1/4 ounce lead heads...a try on the drops. If water is clearer, try drop shots too! Give soft plastics and hair jigs a soaking in Jack's Juice garlic.
There's a good shot of dragging lipless cranks like Lucky Craft LV-500 on 14-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line with a good cranking rod with backbone like the Quantum KVD series. Choose flats next to drops.