Fishing on the Potomac: The bass are biting

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Fishing on the Potomac: The bass are biting

Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
CSNwashington.com

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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Orioles get shut out by Astros, lose fifth straight game

Orioles get shut out by Astros, lose fifth straight game

HOUSTON -- Jake Marisnick and Carlos Beltran each homered to back a solid start by Joe Musgrove, and the Houston Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 on Friday night.

Marisnick went deep with one out in the third inning, and Beltran's shot to the second deck in right field came with two outs in the sixth.

Musgrove (4-4) allowed four hits in seven innings before the bullpen closed it out to send the Orioles to their season-high fifth straight loss.

Musgrove bounced back after allowing eight hits and a season-high seven runs in a season-low three-plus innings in an 8-6 loss to Cleveland in his last start.

The Orioles weren't able to string any hits together until the eighth inning when a double by Hyun Soo Kim and singles by Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy loaded the bases with no outs. But Chris Devenski struck out Seth Smith before retiring Adam Jones and Manny Machado on fly balls to escape the jam.

Ken Giles struck out one in a perfect ninth for his 14th save.

Kevin Gausman (2-4) yielded eight hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings for the Orioles, who have dropped seven of their last nine.

Machado had two hits, but the other three batters at the top of Baltimore's order went 0 for 12 with seven strikeouts, including four by Smith.

Marisnick homered in his second straight at-bat after hitting the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of a 7-6 win over the Tigers on Thursday night. George Springer followed with a single and Josh Reddick reached on an error by Schoop. But the Astros were unable to add on after Gausman retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Marisnick has six home runs this season after hitting just five last year.

JIMENEZ TO BULLPEN

The Orioles have moved struggling right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen and will move reliever Alec Asher into the rotation to start on Sunday. Jimenez is 1-2 with a 7.17 ERA in nine appearances with eight starts this season. Asher has started two games this season but has worked mostly as a reliever and is 1-2 with a 2.17 ERA.

"I think he deserves the opportunity ... the challenge is that it takes a guy that's been pitching well out of our `pen," manager Buck Showalter said. "But we've been challenged to try and figure out a way to get a little deeper in some of the games, and it doesn't really matter who we've got in the bullpen if we don't."

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Orioles: Wade Miley (1-2 2.59 ERA) is scheduled to start for Baltimore on Saturday. He allowed six hits and three runs in seven innings of a 3-1 loss to Toronto in his last start and hasn't gotten a win since April 14.

Astros: Ace Dallas Keuchel is expected to come off the disabled list to start on Saturday after missing just one start because of a pinched nerve in his neck. The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner has brushed off a tough 2016 season by opening this year 7-0 with a 1.84 ERA. The left-hander has the second-lowest ERA in the majors and his wins are tied for most in the big leagues.

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Bryce Harper launches mammoth home run into third deck at National Park

Bryce Harper launches mammoth home run into third deck at National Park

Bryce Harper had been in a little bit of a slump heading into Friday's game against the Padres, but in the seventh inning, he got back to what he does best. 

With a full count and a runner aboard, Harper launched an absolute bomb that landed in the third deck down the right field line at Nationals Park. That means a new seat will be painted red where the ball landed. 

Check out the blast for yourself: 

It was the 15th homer of the year for Harper, which leads the National League. 

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