Fishing on the Potomac: Cloudy Skies Keep Moving!

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Fishing on the Potomac: Cloudy Skies Keep Moving!

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
CSNwashington.com

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Cloudy skies might not be good for late summer picnics, but for bass, this should be a very good week for easy fishing!

Days are getting shorter, nights longer, and mornings cooler! It will be a week for versatility! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Mid to upper 60s will provide a cool start this week with daytime highs only getting to the upper 80s. This week will be dominated by clouds, with the sun returning on Friday for the weekend.

A topwater flurry might last all day if cloud cover lasts. With the lowest water earlier in the morning, louder baits like Lucky Craft Gunfish or G-Splash 80 poppers will work, but be prepared to abandon. Mid morning high tides will put fish on the bank. As topwater bites slow and the sun isnt fully out, chatterbiats in a variety of colors, from white to black along with Manns Baby 1-Minus will produce with long casts up close to the shore cover and over submerged grass. This will work better in clear water as fish can come from a distance to find lures and are more willing to move if the sun isnt too bright.

The best pattern under all conditions will be weightless stick worms. Here line is very important, GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon allows these baits to sink to the bottom on 10-pound test! They can be rigged either Texas style or wacky. For the Texas rig, use Mustad Ultra Point Mega Bite 30 hooks. For wacky rigs, use either a 20 Mustad weedless wacky rig hook or a size 2 Mustad Octopus hook. Both are available in RED and recommended! A good soaking garlic Jacks Juice bait spray will get fish to hold on longer.

Finally, check out this video on a certain invasive species...!
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Gio Gonzalez has plenty to work on before Nats playoffs begin

Gio Gonzalez has plenty to work on before Nats playoffs begin

Gio Gonzalez' seesaw 2016 regular season is officially in the books. Next stop: the NL Division Series where he will face the L.A. Dodgers, likely in Game 3 and possibly with one of the two teams' season on the line. Either way, it will be important.

Over the years, teams have trotted out far less accomplished pitchers in playoff games, ones with nothing close to the track record of Gonzalez. And for long stretches this season, he has been effective, like in July and August when he held a 3.16 ERA across 11 starts.

But a lot has happened since August for Gonzalez, both on the field and off of it. In his five starts since, he's given up 19 runs in 23 innings. That stretch includes his 3 2/3 innings on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks, when he gave up three runs on eight hits and three walks and threw a whopping 100 pitches.

Just in time for the playoffs.

The Nationals have an unenviable situation without Stephen Strasburg, who is rehabbing a right flexor strain, and with Joe Ross still building his workload. They better hope the version of Gio Gonzalez they see in the NLDS is better than the one they have witnessed over the last several weeks.

“It wasn’t that good, but we didn’t score any runs either. He had a lot of pitches in a short period of time," manager Dusty Baker said after the Nats' 3-0, rain-shortened loss.

"They ran his pitch count up. They didn’t swing at very many balls and it looked like they were trying to wait on his fastball."

Gonzalez will now have to make adjustments in bullpen sessions over the course of the next 12 days. He will have to do that with a lot on his mind. Gonzalez heads to the funeral of close friend Jose Fernandez on Thursday and was pitching with extra emotion against Arizona. 

“He’s an emotional-type guy," Baker said. "I talked to him a little bit about Fernandez and he was pitching for him and for us. Just wasn’t a very good night."

Now Gonzalez will have plenty of time to grieve and recalibrate before he sees the Dodgers. Whether that hurts or helps has yet to be determined.

“It can [help]. Just depends on, not only can it reset him, but after things have subsided some… they say time heals all wounds, but some wounds take longer to heal," Baker said.

"It probably won’t really set in until after the season when he’s back in Miami and around and Jose’s not around. Hopefully, he can have a couple good ‘pens and get it back together because we’re certainly going to need him come playoff time."

Gonzalez does have some success against the Dodgers to build off of. He holds a 1.69 ERA across 32 innings vs. L.A. since 2012 and held them to one run through six earlier this season.

Gonzalez is also just ready for a fresh start.

"You start the postseason with a zero ERA. It's a new series. New way to look at it," he said.

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If hairline fracture not enough, Cowboys Dez Bryant reportedly fined

If hairline fracture not enough, Cowboys Dez Bryant reportedly fined

Even when things are going well in Dallas it seems like controversy is never too far away. The latest stems from wide receiver Dez Bryant injuring his right knee during last Sunday's victory over the Bears. 

News of the severity of the injury did not emerge until Wednesday, when Cowboys coach Jason Garrett revealed Bryant suffered a hairline fracture where his tibia bone hits the knee. 

Why the wait? Reports from Dallas show that Bryant missed his scheduled MRI on Tuesday and the tests could not be held until Wednesday. Bryant also missed team meetings on Tuesday. 

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Due to missing the meetings and MRI Tuesday, Bryant has been fined an undisclosed amount, per the reports

The injury comes at a tough time for the Cowboys as the offense has moved the ball well with rookie QB Dak Prescott. 

Dallas has won two games in a row after a narrow loss to the Giants to open the year. In three games, Bryant has 150 receiving yards and a touchdown. 

Against Washington in Week 2, Bryant went for more than 100 yards receiving. Late in that game, the Redskins began to shadow Bryant with Josh Norman.