By Steve Chaconas
Not a Good Week Ahead!
It’s going to be a tough week weather-wise to be on the Potomac River. Dressing in layers and wearing Gore-Tex rain suits will block wind chill, and help keep you warm. Wearing Hanz Extremity Wear waterproof socks and gloves will also help. Keep a hand-warmer activated too!
My advice is week is to spend time with family, repair or re-spool reels and organize tackle. If you can get out, keep in mind early morning boat ramps might be icy. Leave a “float plan” with someone who will check on you.
Water temperatures in the mid to upper 40s should put fish closer to deeper water. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Our first blast of solid winter weather will plunge daytime highs into the upper 30s to around 40 all week. Overnight lows will chill to 31. Clouds and wind will make it feel even colder.”
Deciding to bundle up and head out on the water, take Silver Buddy lures, Mizmo 4 inch grubs, Mann’s Stingray grubs, and Lucky Craft Jerkbaits. All of these need to be presented slowly and horizontally! Fish will be close to deeper water.
With the Silver Buddy, very short hops or dragging down drops on 10 pound test GAMMA Copoly line. Short horizontal dragging twitches will keep the bait low and slow. With the grubs, use a ¼ ounce round ball head jig with an open hook. Soaking these in Jack’s Juice garlic bait spray will encourage fish to hold on longer. For line, 6-pound test Copoly on spinning gear. During the warmest part of the day in the clearest water, try suspending Pointer 78 jerkbaits. Long pauses are needed. Best at lower tides on 10-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line.