By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
The river is clearing and tides are right for early morning topwaters. Look for fish to be in water as shallow as 6 inches! Cloud cover will make this bite last longer!
Water temperatures should be into the mid 70s this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, A warm start around 90 on Monday before temperatures stabilize around 80 for the week. Unfortunately the weather pattern will not be stable as a chance of thunderstorms exists every day with the best chance on Tuesday before clouds take over for the weekend
With early morning low water, try walking lures like Lucky Craft Gunfish and G-Splash poppers. Wake baits are also a good bet. In areas with grass, hollow or buzz frogs on braid will bring big ones up! If it's cloudy, try topwaters until they become ineffective.
As tides come in, lures that go a bit deeper like Manns Baby 1-Minus in firetiger patterns will keep baits closer to fish as the sun rises higher in the sky. Also try blackblue chatter jigs and swimming jigs like Manns Stone Jig with a HardNose craw trailer on GAMMA fluorocarbon to cover various depths. If there is a chop on the water and some cloud cover, try spinnerbaits.
As the sun comes up high at 11 oclock or so, try hitting heavy cover with soft plastics and jigs. Mizmo Tubes in River Craw patterns rigged Texas style on 16-pound test Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon. Target grass clumps or go to docks. Also try Mizmo Swamp Monsters in the same colors. A good soaking in garlic Jacks Juice helps. Try outside grass edges on lower water or drops with cover. This is also a good time to go to docks where no grass is present.
John Wall is one of the best athletes at the point guard position in the NBA. You would know that by looking at his well-rounded stats over the years, or you could just watch this sequence in Sunday's game against the Utah Jazz.
Wall created two highlight reel plays on back-to-back possessions for the Wizards. First, he used a nasty crossover to get to the hoop and finish for two. Then, on a steal, he threw down an alley-oop tossed by Otto Porter.
Watch the two plays right here:
How many guys could do all of this in a span of about :30 seconds? And how many point guards? Not many.
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The Utah Jazz don't see the Wizards often as members of the Western Conference. They are more used to battling teams like the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. But that doesn't mean Jazz coach Quin Snyder is unaware of what makes the Wizards one of the best teams in the East.
Snyder, in fact, thinks the Wizards' guard combination of John Wall and Bradley Beal may be the best in the NBA.
"I would probably say they are the best backcourt. They fit each other so well. John Wall being able to score but also create and be mindful of his teammates. And then for Beal to have the ability to get a shot and get a bucket. Those two guys together are very, very difficult to play against," Snyder said.
As for Wall, it's his speed that really stands out to Snyder.
"The whole team has to run back or Wall will be laying it in."
As for Beal, who like Wall is having a career season, Snyder thinks his breakout year was a long time coming.
"I think he just got healthy. He's been a great player since he came in the league. It's no different than some of our guys. It's dealing with your health. That makes it harder. Everything is harder. I think we're seeing a guy who is the same guy, but has gotten better because he works at it. I think Scott [Brooks] does a great job with him. He's a heck of a coach. Clearly there is a comfort level that they have found as a team. In Beal's case, he's doing the things that he can do. There's no mystery to it, he's just a very, very good player."
Are Wall and Beal better than Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson? Clearly Snyder thinks a case can be made.
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