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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Injury to Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos could be bad news for Orioles, too

Injury to Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos could be bad news for Orioles, too

he awful news that Wilson Ramos suffered a torn ACL in his right knee isn’t just crushing news to Nationals fans. It’s also potentially bad news for the Orioles, too. 

Ramos and Matt Wieters were set to be the most attractive in a thin market for free agent catchers. 

With Ramos potentially off the market or at best, his earning power diminished, Wieters could have more suitors and more who’ll pay more. 

Last week, Wieters’ agent Scott Boras was in Baltimore to meet with Orioles management to talk about the catcher as well as two of his other clients on the team, Pedro Alvarez and Zach Britton. No agreement on an extension for Wieters was struck. 

The Nationals, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros are teams that could have an interest in the 30-year-old Wieters. 

Perhaps others who might have pursued Ramos could make an offer to Wieters, too. 

The Orioles have Caleb Joseph, who hasn’t driven in a run and Francisco Pena on the roster. They also have Chance Sisco, but it’s highly unlikely that he could make a jump to the majors without significant Triple-A experience. 

Other catchers on the market could include Nick Hundley, who did a nice job for the Orioles in 2014 after Wieters’ Tommy John surgery and former National Kurt Suzuki. Jonathan Lucroy, who was traded from Milwaukee to Texas at the trading deadline, has an appealing $5.25 million club option. 


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Wilson Ramos has a torn ACL, will miss Nationals' postseason

Wilson Ramos has a torn ACL, will miss Nationals' postseason

Wilson Ramos' season — and postseason — is officially over.

Manager Dusty Baker announced on Tuesday afternoon that the team's starting catcher suffered a torn ACL in their 14-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday night and will undergo surgery to fix the tear.

Ramos underwent an MRI on Tuesday morning to assess the damage and the news was not good. 

The injury occurred following a rain delay in the sixth inning when Ramos attempted to catch an errant throw home from Ryan Zimmerman. Ramos landed awkwardly and crumpled to the dirt in pain.


To make matters worse, the injury occurred on the same knee that Ramos injured in 2012, when he needed surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL.

"I think it's time for us as a whole to take care of him," Baker told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. "Because he's taken pretty good care of us."

It's a heartbreaking injury considering Ramos was having a stellar season, highlighted by his first All-Star Game appearance and that the postseason is just a week away.

"He is upbeat," Baker said. "He knows other guys have come back from this. Told him about Adrian Peterson, but he didn't know who that was."

The team called up 2012 fifth-round pick Spencer Kieboom to take Ramos' spot on the roster.

The Nationals will open postseason play against the N.L. West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers