Fishing report: Tough Bite


Fishing report: Tough Bite

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac

Tough bite!

Low mid morning tides could make for a tough week. Water temperatures starting around 70. A brief early topwater bite followed by moving lures will pick off active fish. Finesse techniques produce later in the day.

Clouds could extend the moving lure bite as tides come in during the sunniest part of the day. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Overnight lows in the upper 50s to 60, daytime highs into the mid 70s. A low pressure system moves in on Wednesday raising temperatures to the mid 80s with a slight chance of rain, leaving cooler 70s and a few clouds toward the weekend.

For topwaters, work Lucky Craft G-Splash faster...with cloud cover or clear water. Slower, pop and stop if water is stained, or switch to the walking Gunfish. With chop or stain, try buzzbaits too!

As tides fall, fish deeper wood or grass edges looking for scattered grass away from edges. With cloud cover, chop or stain on the water, try 14-ounce Mann's Classic spinnerbaits, gold blades, white skirts. If water is clearer, try the 1-Minus. High sun, no chop, fish grass edges with Mizmo tubes, Texas rigged on 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hooks. Soaking jigs along wood and docks will be effective. As tides rise, fishing can get tough. Look for fish on riprap, seawalls and docks.

Drops with cover will consistently produce with drop shot and shaky head. Use 8-pound test Gamma Copoly or Edge fluorocarbon line. Drop shot weedless with a Mustad 10 Mega Lite hook and 18 ounce weight, a 10-inch leader, and a HardNose finesse worm soaked in Jack's Juice attractant. Try 18-ounce shaky heads with green pumpkin Mann's HardNose floating Wonder Worms. Work slowly, staying in scattered cover as long as possible.

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Hunter can't hide his excitement about Orioles return

Hunter can't hide his excitement about Orioles return

NEW YORK—Tommy Hunter couldn’t hide his surprise and delight to be back with the Orioles. It’s been just under 13 months since he was last with the team, and most of the faces were very familiar to him. 

When he arrived in the clubhouse around 11 a.m., he began hugging the guys he knew, and shaking hands and introducing himself to the ones he didn’t know. 

“I’m thrilled. Some of my best friends are in there.  So, it’s been a wild year and a half. It was pretty exciting times in our household last night,” Hunter said. 

Since he was traded by the Orioles to the Chicago Cubs on July 31, 2015, Hunter spent nearly three months with the Cubs and signed with Cleveland in February. He was released by the Indians on Thursday. 

How did he end up back with the team he loved? 

“I have no idea. There was a slip, a fall, a break of the back, three offseason core surgeries and a few things that happened in the meantime. I had a kid. There was a lot of things that happened to get me back to this spot. It’s come full circle and, to be honest with you, I couldn't be happier,” Hunter said. 

On the day he was traded, Hunter was shocked and sad. 

“I’m not going to stomp out of here like I didn’t like it because I loved it here,” Hunter said then.

And now, he has returned. 

“It doesn’t go away. There were a lot of memories here. A lot of lasting memories, not only for me but for my family as well. Baltimore is special to me, my family, it’s always going to hold a special place. Walking back through the doors and seeing all the faces I just saw makes you smile pretty big,” Hunter said.  

Hunter was on a rehab assignment with Columbus when he was released on Thursday. In July, he fell down stairs carrying his young son and hurt his back. He last pitched on Wednesday. 

In an ideal world, the Orioles might have wanted him to pitch a game or two in Norfolk. But, they need him and wanted to keep Hunter away from other teams who wanted him. 

“I’m ready to roll. I threw nine pitches, I think on Wednesday, in an inning in Indianapolis. I’ve been pain-free for quite a while now, quite a while. I’m here,” Hunter said. 

Now that Hunter has turned 30, fans expecting a quieter Hunter will be disappointed. He’s going to be the same, he says.

“I’m a pretty open book. I’m a pretty honest guy. Sometimes honesty isn’t the best approach and people can’t handle it too much all the time. That’s the way I was raised. I’m going to be my jubilant self and try to bring joy to other people’s lives…and mine as well,” Hunter said.

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Orioles bring Tommy Hunter back to bolster bullpen

Orioles bring Tommy Hunter back to bolster bullpen

NEW YORK---Desperate for arms in the bullpen, the Orioles reached back to their past, and signed Tommy Hunter, who was released by Cleveland on Thursday. 

Hunter had an action-packed five seasons with the Orioles, and was traded four years and one day after he and Chris Davis were acquired from Texas, to the Chicago Cubs. 

Now, Hunter who was in the midst of a rehab assignment at Columbus after he suffered a back injury when he fell carrying his young son down stairs, returns to the Orioles, and they’re happy to have him.

From 2011-15, Hunter was 21-20 with a 4.22 ERA with the Orioles, and in 21 games with Cleveland, was 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA.

The Orioles also recalled right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake from Norfolk and designated outfielder Julio Borbon and left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland for assignment. 

“Well, we need some arms. We knew we could get through one day, and we knew we were going to go to seven today. [Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations] Dan [Duquette] and I talked a lot about how we probably needed two. But Tommy was available, and we got him,” manager Buck Showalter said. 
Hunter is known for his ebullient personality, and Showalter thinks he can add a lot to the team.

“I think the experience. He’s done some work on his health, had some challenges that he seems to have behind him. We didn’t have to give up a player, and we like Tommy’s makeup. He’s been in this division before, and it’s a pretty seamless fit for our locker room. If you look at what’s available this time of year, Tommy, we felt fortunate to add him this time of year,” Showalter said. 

Adam Jones isn’t in the lineup for Sunday’s game, but he shouldn’t be out much longer with his hamstring strain. The Orioles will start Nolan Reimold in center on Sunday, and needed a 40-man roster spot, so they designated Borbon for assignment. 
“It’s tempting,” Showalter said of playing Jones. “The quick turnaround, if it was a night game I think he’d be playing. We’ll see what tomorrow brings. He’s getting there. He’s getting there.”

The Orioles are confident both Borbon and McFarland, who allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Saturday, will clear waivers and return to the organization. 
McFarland is 2-2 with a 6.93 ERA in 16 games. Borbon batted .308 in six games. 

Drake who had a 9.53 ERA in four games with the Orioles earlier this season, was 1-4 with a 2.72 ERA with 10 saves in 47 games at Norfolk. 

Showalter said the team would probably need additional 40-man spots when the roster expands on Thursday. 

NOTES: Chris Tillman (shoulder) will throw on flat ground on Monday instead of Tuesday. Showalter said the earliest he could return to the mound was Sept. 9 or 10.

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Nats send down Wilmer Difo to call up Lucas Giolito to face Rockies

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Nats send down Wilmer Difo to call up Lucas Giolito to face Rockies

In need of a starter to fill the void left by injuries in their rotation, the Nationals called up top prospect Lucas Giolito on Sunday morning to face the Colorado Rockies.

Infielder Wilmer Difo was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg as the corresponding move, though he will likely be back soon with the minor league season ending in just over a week and MLB rosters expanding on Sept. 1.

Difo, 24, hit .257 with two doubles, five RBI and six runs in 18 games for the Nats before getting sent back down. He joined the team on July 27 when Stephen Drew landed on the disabled list with vertigo-like symptoms.

Difo stuck around as Drew made little progress in his recovery. Now over a month later, Drew still does not have a clear timeline to return. If he doesn't show improvement over the next few weeks, Difo could again become a valuable piece for the Nationals as a backup infielder who can play multiple positions. Difo also bats switch, which is always a plus.

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