By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
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.
With the annual dads trip coming up, the Capitals are making special arrangements for T.J. Oshie. The team is allowing both his biological father, Tim Oshie, and his father-in-law, Dave Cosgrove, to come along.
@TarikCSN Oshie also says he and everyone else calls his Dad, "Coach." Tim was T.J.'s first coach.
Tim, whom Oshie calls "Coach," has been battling Alzheimer's disease since at least 2012, according to an in-depth ESPN story published in 2014.
Then playing for the Blues, Oshie described the episodes of disorientation and forgetfulness that led to his father's diagnosis. He and his family have been open about his father's Alzheimer's in hopes of raising awareness and letting people know they're not alone.
The father and son due also participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's back in 2014.
"We have nothing right now as far as getting rid of it. With all the medicines and all the doctors in the world, I think it's something that hopefully we'll be able to stop – and get rid of sooner than later," Oshie told ESPN. "So that's why we talk about it, that's why we're open about it. Maybe not soon enough for my dad or for me, if that happens to be the case eventually down the road, but hopefully for my kids and my grandkids."
With Tim needing assistance to accompany his son on the Capitals' road trip, his father-in-law will there to help.
The Caps pride themselves on a family atmosphere, so it's no surprise that the team would welcome an extra dad with open arms.
After a slow start to the season, the John Wall-led Wizards have won five of their last six games and have not lost a game at home since a 124-116 loss to the Magic on Dec. 6. That's 12 consecutive wins at home. But if the winning wasn't enough, the organization ahs made sure that every game night has a party atmosphere to it.
Iconic R&B group New Edition performed for the fans who watched Wall and the Wizards beat the Nets 118-95 on Dec. 30 and following the team's 112-105 win over the Timberwolves on Jan. 6, the fans were treated to a concert from local go-go legends "The Backyard Band."
When the Wizards host the Celtics on Tuesday, Jan. 24 the organization will turn back the clocks to a more simple time, when they host "90's Night."
No trip back to the 1990's would be complete without a halftime concert from Tag Team, the hip-hop group responsible for the killer sports anthem "Whoomp, There It Is."
On top of that (and perhaps we're burrying the lede here), the pregame player introductions will be done by none other than Tim Kitzrow. Who is Tim Kitzrow? He's the man who provided the iconic voice for "NBA Jam."
Yes, THAT "NBA Jam."
I cannot begin to tell you how many hours of "NBA Jam" I logged on Sega Genesis. There's also a good chance I logged good minutes on NBA Jam WHILE listening to Tag Team's "Whoomop, There It Is."
The Wizards will also celebrate the 90's welcoming back famous former players Mark Alarie (1987-91), Tom Hammonds (1989-01) and Gheorghe Muresan (1993-97).