Fishing on the Potomac: Big Tourney Week!


Fishing on the Potomac: Big Tourney Week!

Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac

Decent fishing conditions this week, but the Potomac will be a bit crowded! The top FLW pros and the BFL Championship will be sharing the waters. Theres a lot to learn by just watching these anglers! If you want to get out, be advised youll be fishing in a crowd. Tides are great this week for fishing a low tide during the warmest part of the day.

Early in the week, tide a low in late morning, into the early afternoon by the weekend. Water temperatures should remain in the low 70s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Thunderstorms will fill the forecast for Monday and Tuesday with showers for Wednesday as temperatures rise to around 80 with overnight lows around 60. Thursday into the weekend will be sunny before showers return on Sunday.

Many fish will be spawning. To target bedding bass on bare banks, locate beds about 4 feet from the mean low water mark and drag split shot and drop shot rigs. Pitching Mizmo tubes and dragging or shaking will work too! A good soaking in Jacks Juice Salty Shad will help! Go with light line, like GAMMA 6 pound test Copoly.

To catch post spawners, move a bit deeper to cover, like wood and grass. Use jerkbaits like Lucky Craft Pointers in bright colors like Clown and slowly walk Lucky Craft Gunfish topwaters.

Its a good time for Manns Baby 1-Minus, chatter and swim jigs like the Manns Stone Jig with a HardNose jerkbait to find roving groups of bass. On cloudy days, go with blackblue combos. For sunny days around clear water, try shad patterns or white.

Follow up with bottom baits like the Mizmo tubes Texas rigged on a 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hook.

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Orioles' Zach Britton named AL's top reliever in Sporting News poll

Orioles' Zach Britton named AL's top reliever in Sporting News poll

Orioles closer Zach Britton, who converted on all 47 of his save opportunities in 2016 was named to The Sporting News’ American League All-Star team. 

The team was voted on by 29 American League executives before the postseason began.

Britton, a leading contender for the American League Cy Young Award, had an 0.54 ERA and allowed just one home run in 67 innings while giving up just over five hits per nine innings. 

No other Oriole was named a starter on the team though Matt Wieters and Mark Trumbo received votes at catcher and outfielder. Manny Machado received votes for both shortstop and third base.

Britton is the second Oriole in as many days to be honored. Trumbo was named the AL comeback player of the year on Tuesday. He was the third Oriole to win the award. Boog Powell (1966) and Rick Sutcliffe (1992) were the others.

Interestingly, Buck Showalter failed to get any votes from his fellow managers in the AL Manager of the Year voting, which was won by Cleveland’s Terry Francona. 

No Oriole rookie was among the top five finishers for the AL Rookie of the Year, which like the comeback player is voted on by American League players.  

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Capitals Daily Quote: Oilers' McLellan talks bump in NHL scoring

Capitals Daily Quote: Oilers' McLellan talks bump in NHL scoring

Here at the Capitals Daily Quote, we typically focus on a quote uttered, you know, by a Capital. But not always, and today we’re making one of those rare exceptions.

Seems everyone has a theory for the uptick in scoring around the league early this season. Click here and here for a couple of opinions.

Oilers Coach Todd McLellan has an opinion on the subject, too. Here’s what he told reporters in Edmonton on Tuesday:

“It’s been a strange year in my opinion with the World Cup. I think there’s a large portion of higher end players that have a head start on maybe some of the role players, and it’s showing up in scoring.”

Just as interesting, the Oilers’ bench boss thinks the scoring bump is only temporary.

“That’s going to even out at some point, as well.” 

McLellan, of course, coached the high-flying Team North America in Toronto. His Oilers, meantime, are tied for the league lead in goals per game through six contests.

Do you agree with McLellan’s assessment? Or do you suspect something else is behind the increase?

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