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.
The Capitals have re-assigned forward Chandler Stephenson to AHL Hershey after a brief call-up to the NHL, the team announced Tuesday.
Stephenson, 22, was recalled on Saturday as a precaution and was a healthy scratch for the team's games on Sunday and Monday.
Washington has been playing with the minimum of 12 forwards at home. With the Caps facing a quick turnaround with a game in Washington on Sunday and in Pittsburgh on Monday, the team needed a spare forward in case of an emergency to ensure the team had someone to plug into the lineup if there was an injury.
The Caps returned home after Monday's game in Pittsburgh and have Tuesday off making carrying Stephenson unnecessary. He may be back very soon, however, as the team will almost certainly call up another player prior to leaving for Thursday's game in St. Louis.
In Hershey, Stephenson has scored 23 points this season in 36 games. He played in nine games with the Caps in 2015-16.
RELATED: Prediction recap: Defense was optional in Pittsburgh
It was crazy, it was controversial and unfortunately for the Caps, it was a loss. Washington saw its nine-game win streak come to an end on Monday in a crazy 8-7 overtime loss to the Penguins.
Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.
1. Washington will not score on the power play - Wrong
Defense was optional on Monday so it is perhaps not surprising that one of the Caps’ seven goals came on the power play. T.J. Oshie struck in the third period to make the score 7-6. More on that later.
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2. Pittsburgh will score three goals or more - More right than I expected
I thought four, maybe five goals on Monday. I didn’t expect eight. You see one of these games every once in awhile where everything just seems to find the back of the net and this was definitely one of them. Things in professional sports always tend to even out. The Caps had four shutouts in six games and were due to allow some goals, I just didn’t expect it to catch up with them all of them in one game.
3. T.J. Oshie will have a multi-point night - Correct
With seven goals, it would have been hard for me to miss on this one. Oshie had three points including his power play goal in the third period for a three-point night.
2017 Results: I finally had a good night with predictions and it was Washington’s first loss in ten games. I’m guessing most readers are going to be rooting against me the next few weeks.
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