By Steve Chaconas, Fishing on the Potomac
The best news for fishing this week are the favorable mid day to early afternoon low tides, during the warmest part of the day. Find drops close to the bank, in out of the current areas.
Water temperatures will reach 45, closer to 40 to start the day. Water clarity is up to 3 feet. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Monday's high in the low 50s will yield to highs only in the low to mid 40s. Overnight lows around freezing. Late in the week winds shift from out of the east, warming into the mid 50s for the weekend.”
Silver Buddy ½-ounce lures on 12-pound test Gamma Copoly worked down drops starting in 3 feet to 10 feet will locate fish. The KVD
spinnerbait rod is soft enough to cast with enough backbone to set the hook. If you hook a nice one, thumb the spool to allow fish to tire.
Spool 6-pound test Gamma Copoly on spinning reels like Quantum’s EXO. Use Punisher hair jigs, Mizmo tubes and grubs fished slowly down drops. A good soaking in Jack’s Juice garlic bait spray is important for bottom baits. Watch line and allow baits to sit, carefully lifting to feel for bites!
Try drop shot and split shot rigs using 2/0 thin wire Mustad Mega Lite hooks, 3/16-ounce Water Gremlin BullShot bullet shaped split shot, and 4-inch two-tone hand poured Lure Craft centipedes...watermelon and green pumpkin. Use 24-inch leaders allowing baits to drop to the bottom, shaking gently. Leave drop shot in one location or on cover for a while! For split shot, drag an inch or two and let it sit, working down drops.
At low tide with clear water twitch Lucky Craft Pointer 78 jerkbaits with long pauses.
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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