Fishing Report: Leftover week


Fishing Report: Leftover week

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.

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Morning tip: Emphasis on spacing should enhance Otto Porter's output

Morning tip: Emphasis on spacing should enhance Otto Porter's output

The bigget emphasis on the offensive end under coach Scott Brooks, since training camp and through seven preseason games, is spacing. Whether Bradley Beal is running the offense or John Wall has them flow into pick-and-rolls before calling a set, the ball doesn't move so effortlessly if the floor is congested.

That's where Otto Porter comes in. Going into his fourth season, and second as the starter at small foward, this is where he should flourish. Porter doesn't thrive standing still in the corner for catch-and-shoot three-pointers. He prefers to be moving to the ball, and the off-ball movement and spacing that creates the avenues for the passes from the guards allows him to maximize his skill-set.

"We can get anything we want as long as everybody keep moving, everybody keep sharing the ball," said Porter, who had the tendency to disappear during long stretches of games or multiple games under Randy Wittman. 

Center Marcin Gortat is optimistic by what he sees overall. In the Wizards' last preseason game, a win over the Toronto Raptors, they had 33 assists on 49 field goals. Beal had nine assists and no turnovers.

"We’re moving the ball much better than we’ve been moving the last few years," Gortat said. "We run completely different drills in practice. … We have a lot of options."

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Gortat is one of the top five screening big men in the NBA, and Brooks has his guards doing more screening as well. Taking advantage of defenses watching the ball when Wall has it with backdoor cuts for slip passes is more common. 

"The perimeter guys are doing a good job of finding open cuts to the basket. Otto was one of the best at doing it," Brooks said. "We have to continue to work on our spacing. Sometimes we don’t want you to cut. You have to space out."

The change is welcomed for Wall who doesn't have to do everything all the time with defenses loading to him on the ball. Porter can be a more effective third scorer. With more players touching the ball it will keep them engaged and in theory make them more productive. 

"With our offense, he just wants movement," Wall said of Brooks' philosophy. "I talk to guys about cutting at certain times. I think Otto, he’s one of the best cutters in the league when he has the opportunity to do it. When we’re penetrating and driving there’s so much attention on us we have guys like (Markieff Morris) that can pass and (Gortat) who can knock down shots. It’s about cutting and getting the timing down pat. Our starting five is a free-flowing offense.”

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Wizards focus on posting up Wall, Beal against smaller guards

Wizards focus on posting up Wall, Beal against smaller guards

Sporadically, John Wall would post up smaller guards last season. It didn't become a staple of his game, however, and Bradley Beal didn't do much of it either when he was being defended by them. 

Scott Brooks is trying to change that immediately. In seven preseason games, that was one of many focal points for the offense.

Wall is a big point guard at 6-4 and physically strong. Beal isn't exceptionally big for a shooting guard, but he has gotten more size and grown an inch taller than his backcourt mate. When 6-footers such as Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors have to switch onto Beal, the Wizards are getting the ball to him quickly at the rim to force a rotation from a second player to help or clear out for Beal to go to work. 

“As we all evolve we’re going to have to push ourselves to play different spots on the floor. John has great size at his position," Brooks said. "For him to post up and be a playmaker from that spot, defenses are not used to that. There are not a lot of pure point guards who can post up. He has the strength and he has the quickness and obviously he has the passing ability. With Brad, they have to make a decision. Are they going to put a bigger guy on John? We’re going to have that opportunity with Brad also."