By Steve Chaconas
Turning a Corner!
Last week, the heat continued! Water temperatures were in the low to mid 80s.
Expect overnight cooling to keep water in the mid 70s this week, making fish a bit more active and accelerating the hydrilla die-off. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Rain to start the week, but cooling a lot! Highs in the mid to upper 70s to start the week and back into the low to mid 80s by the end of the week. Overnight lows in the low 50s to mid 60 by the weekend. Scattered clouds all week.”
With a morning high tide, topwaters cover water. Poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash and Lucky Craft Gunfish walkers bring bites in clear calm water. Move around to find holes in the grass or for cruising bass. With topped out or matted grass, hollow frogs like Mann's Super Frog are more effective once the sun comes out. Find these spots in the morning and hit them again when the tide drops. The frog bite should improve in the heat of the day. Otherwise continue poppers until the bite dissolves.
Mann’s Baby 1-Minus on 14-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line covers scattered grass on outside edges at lower tides. Chatterbaits and spinnerbaits work when water has a bit of chop or is stained.
Fish weightless soft plastic stickworms wacky style around docks and grass edges at lower tides. For grass edges near drops, drop shots with 8 pound test GAMMA Copoly, Texas rigged MIZMO tubes, and split shot rigs parallel to the edges.
In the afternoon as the tide moves in, go back to matted grass with punching gear...1-ounce Round Valley tungsten weights, 60 pound Torque braid and a 7'6" rod! Shake and let craw baits drop through.