Fishing on the Potomac: Topwater Bite!


Fishing on the Potomac: Topwater Bite!

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac

A cooling trend is on the way; with a morning high tide bass should be positioned up near the bank and shore cover. Water temperatures are around 84 but should start to cool off a bit as the nights are cooling off! This will be a good week to stay on the move with boat and baits!

Tossing topwaters until about 9am or so should produce. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, This week will see highs in the upper 80s early in the week with low 90s by the weekend. Tuesday and Wednesday are the best chance for thunderstorms, but scattered and in the late afternoon. Otherwise a sunny week until Sunday brings back another chance of thunderstorms and overnight lows in the low 70s.

First thing, hit the bank or inside edges of grass. Fish will be up close and poppers like the Lucky Craft G-Splash worked slowly in stained water and a bit faster if the water is clear should produce. In thicker grass, go to hollow frogs like the Manns Super frog on braided line. Black early and as the sun comes up, try white. After a few hours of outgoing tide, move out a bit deeper.

For the deeper applications, before the sun really comes up, try a Lucky Craft walking Gunfish. Also a Manns Waker in RED will still bring up late topwater bites.

After that, its the mid range lures. Try a Manns Baby 1-Minus, red and firetiger on16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line and a KVD cranking rod will work. Also toss Chatter jigs with a Manns HardNose Jerkshad and swimming Manns Stone jigs with HardNose craw trailers. These jigs work in blackblue for stained water and white or shad patterns in clearer water.

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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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