Post-spawn fishing strategies

Steve Chaconas

Post-spawn fishing strategies

Stable weather as fish come off spawn, working baits through the grass or finding isolated hard cover or docks will be good strategies. 

Water temperature will be in the mid 70s this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A rainy start on Monday with highs in the mid 80s. Nice Tuesday through Thursday with mid 80s falling to the upper 70s. Friday into the weekend a good chance of rain. Mid 60s for overnight lows.”

Starting with morning low tides, try walking Lucky Craft Gunfish, or popping Lucky Craft G-Splash. Either GAMMA 20 pound test Torque braid or 10-pound Copoly. Try various speeds. Fish are just beginning to hit on top, so give it a try. 

The two most effective post spawn approaches are swim jigs and swim baits. For the swim jig, slowly crawl through the grass, snapping free and pausing. Attach a lively craw trailer. Crawfish or black/blue patterns work well. Attach to braid or GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Same line for the swimbait. Use a 1/8 ounce weighted Mustad swim bait hook. Also peg a 1/8-ounce bullet weight to the nose. Lift and drop, slowly swim, and snap free from grass. For both, use a power sweep hook set. 

Dock fishing comes into play too. The best docks are on flats without grass. With grass, some post spawn fish are starting to move to them. Sunny days and high tides are best. Fish will move to grass with falling tides. Pitching Texas rigged Mizmo tubes on 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks to pilings will work. 

Cast Mann's Baby 1-Minus crankbaits along hard cover on 12 pound test Edge. Bump cover and pause. 

Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River.

In latest comeback bid, Ravens TE Dennis Pitta's confidence not a problem


In latest comeback bid, Ravens TE Dennis Pitta's confidence not a problem

Not everyone close to Dennis Pitta was immediately sold on his second NFL comeback attempt. Will his twice-fractured hip hold up? How much is Pitta risking his long-term health?

Pitta has pondered those questions for months. But after the first week of OTA’s, the Ravens’ 30-year-old tight end remained confident he had made the right decision.

“I had to convince a few people, and I’m thankful for those who have been in my corner all along and had my best interests in mind,” Pitta said. “Like I’ve said before, I know my situation better than anyone else, and I’m confident in the decision I made to come back, and certainly there were people who wanted to make sure that I was confident in that decision. I have a great support team behind me, and we all feel good about this move.”

Pitta first fractured his hip during training camp in 2013, then again on a non-contact play against the Browns in 2014. However, Pitta says he doesn’t think about his right hip when he’s on the field. He’s also not lowering his expectations, despite not playing at all in 2015, and not playing a full season since 2012.

Pitta was one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets, catching 61 passes for 669 yards during the 2012 regular season, then adding 14 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns during the Ravens’ playoff run to a Super Bowl title.

Asked if he could return that level of play, Pitta suggested, “Why not?”

“No, my expectations haven’t changed from four years ago, to two years ago, to now,” Pitta said. “My level of expectation is extremely high going into this year. Like I said, I feel confident in how I can run, how I can move, how I can play and it’s just a matter of getting those reps back to where I’m confident in doing all of that. So, yes, expectations personally are very high.”

Pitta obviously wasn’t ready to end his career. If he is on the 53-man roster Week 1, it will be a terrific comeback story.

Orioles turn to hot Chris Tillman for positive end to road trip


Orioles turn to hot Chris Tillman for positive end to road trip

Today's Game: Baltimore Orioles (27-20) vs. Cleveland Indians (26-21), Progressive Field, Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Starting pitchers: Chris Tillman (6-1, 2.61) vs. Mike Clevinger (0-1, 8.71)

Keys to the Game: 

Can Tillman keep his string of quality starts going? He has seven straight. 

Can the Orioles shake off their sloppiness? They made four errors and allowed five stolen bases in Saturday's loss. 

News and Notes:

The Orioles are 3-5 on their nine-game road trip.

Tillman is 4-2 with a 3.89 ERA in seven starts against Cleveland. 

Current Indians are batting .226 against Tillman. 

Matt Wieters is batting .441 (15-for-34) over his last eight games. 

The Orioles have allowed 10 or more runs in three games, all started by Ubaldo Jimenez.

Clevinger has started just twice in the major leagues, and given up three home runs in 10 1/3 innings.