Fishing on the Potomac: The bass are biting


Fishing on the Potomac: The bass are biting

Steve Chaconas
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.

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Eastern Conference foe adds help off the bench with former All-Star point guard

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The Wizards are in need of an upgrade at point guard position behind John Wall, and now have one less option on the free agent market. To make matters worse, it was an Eastern Conference foe that is adding the former All-Star to bolster their bench.

After months of asking, LeBron has finally gotten his way. The Cavaliers will add Deron Williams, a three-time All-Star, to provide some help off the bench. How much Williams has left in the tank is up for debate, but he satisfies a need for the defending champs.

Williams was waived by the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday and it was widely speculated that he would join the reigning champions to help off the bench.

Williams averaged 13.1 points, 6.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds in just 29.3 minutes per game. 

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The problem with the Wizards' defense is greater than one player, especially after giving up 120 points to the Philadelphia 76ers. But that area is supposed to be the calling card for second-year forward Kelly Oubre, who hasn't been himself in the last five games. 

Oubre not only is shooting just 4-for-20 in that span, but he has slipped in his discipline and focus. The 76ers were able to have their way with the Wizards' perimeter defense but when Oubre came into stop the bleeding it actually got worse. 

"He has to just focus on what he does to our team. If he doesn't do that he's going to struggle," coach Scott Brooks said after Saturday's practice. "You have to focus on the defensive end and staying in front of the ball, not getting lost. I thought he's had some stretches where he's very good at it and he's had some stretches where he has to kind of reboot and refocus on what he does."

At 6-7 and a 7-2 wingspan, Oubre can be the best perimeter defender on the team. He presented a more difficult matchup for LeBron James than Otto Porter. He was able to help hold Isaiah Thomas, a 5-9 point guard, to four points in the fourth quarter.

That wasn' t the player who showed up Friday. Sunday, it'll be the Utah Jazz at Verizon Center. 

"Right now we need a better version of Kelly," Brooks said. "We're going to keep challenging him, keep pushing him. Hopefully he comes back better tomorrow night."

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