Fishing Report: Cooling off!

Fishing Report: Cooling off!
July 21, 2013, 10:00 am
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Fish should be more active longer with the cooler weather. Moving lures will be more effective.

Pay attention to cloud cover!  NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “It’ll be a lot cooler this week with highs in the mid to upper 80s. With the cool down comes some unsettled weather and a chance of scattered thunderstorms all week. Lows overnight in the low 70s.”

Start the day with topwater lures like Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers. Tides will be high early in the morning. Look for fish to be close to the bank. Clearer water will be better too. Also try the Lucky Craft Gunfish, a walking bait.

As the tide rises, it might be more effective to go just a bit deeper. Start with Mann's Baby 1-Minus in fire tiger or red patterns. Use 12-14 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line to get better hooksets and to snap free from grass.

As the water nears high tide and the topwater bite subsides, go with chatterjigs. A variety of colors like craw patterns are good, but also try white or chartreuse. A Mann's HardNose Craw trailer stays in place and adds some bulk and action.

With high water and sunshine, try docks. Skip weightless worms on a red Mustad Wacky rig 2/0 hook on 20-pound test GAMMA Torque braid with a 12-pound GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon leader. Use a spinning reel to get way under the shady parts of the dock.

With cloud cover continue to use moving lures and even spinnerbaits. Try 1/4 ounce gold Colorado/Indiana blades if there is a bit of stain. Otherwise, double willows, burned over and through the grass in clear water will work.