Fishing on the Potomac
The FLW Tour and BFL All American events are finished and the pro patterns were just as expected. Some targeted crowded but scarce grass beds. Others picked apart scattered cover. This week well see rising tides in the morning with low tides coming later in the day.
Water temperatures should remain around 75. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Weather will be a bit unsettled with scattered afternoon thunderstorms most of the week. Otherwise showers for Wednesday and clouds for Friday. Daytime highs will be near 80 and overnight lows in the mid to upper 60s.
Some fish are still spawning, but most are off beds and are holding tight to cover closer to deeper water and on outside grass edges. The pros used a variety of tactics, including crankbaits like the Lucky Craft 1.5 RT on hard cover and around grass. Gamma fluorocarbon 12-pound test will allow baits to get down to cover and is strong enough to pull them out. In clearer water, try Lucky Craft Pointer 78 lures.
Jigs with craw trailers either pitched or swimming through grass or around hard cover worked as well. Toss in a dose of chatter jigs in white and blackblue patterns.
Dont overlook soft plastics. Baits like the Mizmo Swamp Monster in the smaller size were effective through most of the tides. Mizmo tubes with Mustad 30 Ultra Point tube hooks work too. Green pumpkin varieties Texas rigged. A good soaking in garlic Jacks Juice will also help.
Its still a good time to use drop shot and shaky head on any beds and near beds. Start looking for the topwater bite to emerge any day now as the water gets warmer and clearer and as fish come off post spawn into summer patterns.
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 25, seven days before the Washington Redskins play Chiefs in Kansas City.
Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3:00
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (10/23) 28
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 34
Redskins vs. Raiders by the numbers
—The Redskins outgained the Raiders 472 yards to 128. The 344-yard differential was the largest for the Redskins since they had a 385-yard advantage over Bears in 1974.
—The Raiders were 0-11 on third down. It was the first time the Redskins allowed no third-down conversions since a game against Dallas in 2007.
—The Raiders’ 128 yards were the fewest the Redskins have allowed in a game since they also allowed 128 to the Broncos in 1992. This marked the fifth time since the merger that the Redskins have held an opponent to 128 yards or fewer.
—Chris Thompson had 150 yards receiving. That shattered his former personal best of 57 yards in a game. Going back to at least 1960, no Redskins running back has gained more receiving yards in a game.
—Thompson added 31 yards rushing. His 181 yards of offense easily beat the Raiders’ total offense of 128 by itself.
—Josh Doctson's first catch of the season was good for 52 yards and a touchdown.
—The Redskins now have at least one sack in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFC and the second-longest in the NFL (Bengals, 32).
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