By Steve Chaconas
Potomac Bass are Shallow!
What a great week! A variety of lures worked and this week's warm-up should make fishing even better!
Water temperatures are back into the 60s! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Highs are going to be in the 60s and 70s with a chance of thunderstorms on Tuesday and possibly on Friday. Otherwise a dry week with a 45-50 degree start in the mornings!”
Work crankbaits slowly over gravel banks and grass beds. Lucky Craft LC 1.5 and 2.5 crankbaits will cover high and low tides! Cast parallel to the bank at high tides. At falling tides, back off to target grass or wood cover. Try red patterns under cloudy skies or in less than clear water. Go to Shad or chartreuse patterns with sun or fairly clear water. Use GAMMA 12-pound test Copoly line and a good cranking rod. Start with a slow crank and increase speed as the water warms.
Another lure that’s working is a crawfish pattern chatterbait. Pumpkin and purple worked very well last week! For trailers try Mann's HardNose Jerkbaits. They stay on the hook better. Or a smaller version HardNose Mullet. The best color was Baby Bass! Use 12-14 pound test Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon line on a medium heavy rod. Same tidal pattern as the cranks.
For lowest tides in stained water, Mann's ¼-ounce Classic spinnerbaits on the same tackle work well too. Crawl them over cover just deep enough so the bait is barely visible.
At higher tides, pitch marsh clumps and emerging pad edges with Texas rigged river craw Mizmo tubes on 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Tube hooks. Use 12-14 pound test Gamma Edge with a 3/16-ounce weight.