By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
Water temperatures will reach the mid to upper 80s this week after a scorching forecast! Tides will be high in the early morning giving anglers a choice to start the day! The afternoon bite could be a good frog bite especially in matted grass areas!
There will be no cooling off period this week for fish or fishermen. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Welcome to July! Highs in the mid 90s all week with a chance of scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Overnight lows in the mid 70s. Look for a hot weekend before a possible moderate cooling next week.
Early morning opens the tackle box with high water. A mix of chatterbaits and Mann's Baby 1-Minus will cover water at the higher tides. Try blackblue chatterbaits with a Manns HardNose soft jerkbait trailer. Try a few other dark colors in the same areas. As for the Baby 1-Minus, go with the firetiger patterns. I paint the bellies orange! Mustad Ultra Point short shank triple grip trebles are a great way to fish these. Both baits get 14-16 pound test GAMMA Fluorocarbon line.
If you want to try topwaters, get up on the bank at high tide under early morning low light with Lucky Craft G-Splash and Lucky Craft walking Gunfish. For the poppers, try baitfish patterns. Aurora black is a great Gunfish color.
After tides fall in the heat of the day, move to outer grass edges or drop offs. For grass, try hollow frogs like Manns Super Frog. White if its sunny and with clouds, try black. Also look for matted clumps near deeper grass edges to punch with 1-ounce Round Valley Tungsten weights. Tie Manns HardNose Craws in green pumpkin with red flake to heavy-duty braid or 20 pound test GAMMA Fluorocarbon line.