Fishing Report: Get punchy!

Fishing Report: Get punchy!
August 11, 2013, 5:00 pm
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An early morning low tide could neutralize the thick hydrilla disadvantage, forcing fish out to less grassy edges. Get out early and find areas with grass close to deeper edges.

Water temperatures are up this week into the low 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Dry and warm into the upper 80s to start the week. Passing thunderstorms on Tuesday will cool off the remainder of the week with highs around 80 under partly cloudy skies. Overnights are cooling too, into the low 60s.”

Start on top and fish the low water with topwaters. Take your pick, Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers or walking Lucky Craft Gunfish on Gamma Copoly line. Buzz baits, buzz frogs and hollow frogs can be worked over matted grass. As the tide comes back in, go a bit deeper when fish give up on the topwater assault. Use 60-pound Gamma Torque braid for frogs, buzz toads and buzzbaits baits! In all cases, make long casts.

Mann's Baby 1-Minus, chatterbaits and even ¼-ounce spinnerbaits can be worked after the tide rises a bit. As the sun comes up, skip weightless worms Texas rigged under docks with higher tides.

As the tide rises, fish will move back into their safe haven under the grass. Locate areas close to deeper water with hard edges of hydrilla or milfoil. With a 3/4 to 1-ounce Round Valley Tungsten weight, punch through the grass with 60-pound test Gamma Torque. Texas rig Mann’s HardNose Craws, green pumpkin with red flake on a 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point flipping hook. The best areas are smaller grass mats that have a back edge to concentrate fish. Grass mats are better during the sunny part of the day and no wind.