Poor Conditions; Cold, Muddy Water!

Poor Conditions; Cold, Muddy Water!
February 3, 2013, 5:30 pm
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by Steve Chaconas


Last week, wind and rain muddied the Potomac making this one of the

toughest weeks to get out.

NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A couple of nice days

last week and it's back to reality this week! Monday and Tuesday in the mid 30s

with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday slowly warming to the low 40s and upper

40s by the weekend as Friday brings a chance of rain. Overnight lows all week

near freezing!”

With poor water clarity, and water temperatures only in the mid to

upper 30s, fish will be sitting tight to cover and drops. Silver Buddy lures can

cover all depths to find fish. But, it will be hard for fish to locate baits. Work

MIZMO 4" chartreuse grubs on 1/4-ounce jig heads very slowly on GAMMA 6-

pound test Copoly line. Stopping frequently and

soaking the baits in Garlic Jack's Juice will work. Try shallow areas

near deep water as this will be the warmest and allow for the most

light penetration. Also shake Punisher hair jigs, black/chartreuse with

Punisher rattles. Twin tail grubs like Missile Twin Turbos attached to

the jigs will create vibration with very small movements.

Warm water discharge areas like Blue Plains and Four Mile Run have

clearer and warmer water. Try suspending Lucky Craft Pointer 78

jerkbaits. At Blue Plains, there are so many Gizzard shad, you must fish

below them with a 3/4 or 1-ounce Round Valley Tungsten weight on a

Carolina rig. Mann's HardNose lizards on leaders of 24 inches left

stationary or moved a few inches and stopped will get bites. But with

all of the shad running into your line, pay attention and wait until a

fish pulls...set the hook.