Fishing report: Tough Bite

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Fishing report: Tough Bite

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
CSNwashington.com

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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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Nats not ready to reveal playoff rotation, how Gio Gonzalez may fit in

Nats not ready to reveal playoff rotation, how Gio Gonzalez may fit in

Just because the Los Angeles Dodgers have released their playoff rotation plans for the NL Division Series, doesn't mean the Nationals are ready to do the same.

Manager Dusty Baker remained coy about who will start for the Nats opposite Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda. He doesn't see any reason to do so until he absolutely has to.

"Just because they did it doesn't mean we've gotta do it. Hey man, they can do what they want to do. I don't really see a point in releasing it so early," he said. "That's nobody's business right now. We'll tell you when we tell you."

[RELATED: Dodgers set rotation for playoff series against Nationals]

Okay, fair enough. We already know who will be pitching Game 1, barring something extraordinary. Max Scherzer will be getting the ball for that one. The same for Tanner Roark in Game 2.

Game 3 is where it gets interesting, though lefty Gio Gonzalez is emerging as the favorite there. GM Mike Rizzo dropped that hint on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday morning. That would leave Joe Ross for Game 4, unless the Nats opt to pitch Scherzer on short rest, which they have indicated they don't want to do.

"It's probably no secret anyways, other than when you get past No. 2 and 3," Baker said. "Gio's penciled in anyway."

So, when will the Nationals announce their rotation? Technically, they can wait until next week, as playoff rosters don't have to be revealed until the morning of Game 1.

"We haven't talked about it yet. We have to talk about it as a staff before we let you guys know. We'll probably do that on Friday, then we'll let you know," Baker said.

Baker circled back to Gonzalez on Wednesday with the lefty set to make his final regular season start later that night. Gonzalez has reverted back to inconsistency with 14 earned runs allowed in 19 1/3 innings across his last four starts. That followed a stretch of 11 outings from the beginning of July through August where he had a 3.16 ERA.

Baker is preferring to look at Gonzalez with glass half-full optimism as the team enters the postseason.

"Let's not expect bad out of Gio. I'm expecting good out of Gio. I told him when the season started that he was the main key to this ballclub. I didn't know he would be the main key at this point in time coming into these playoffs, but Gio can put him and us on the map with the way he performs," he said.

Gonzalez does have a strong track record against the Dodgers, who happen to feature a lefty-heavy lineup. Gonzalez held them to one run through six innings back in July. And since 2012, he has eight runs in 32 innings against L.A. Certainly, Baker and the Nats would like some more of that.

[RELATED: Podcast: Can Nationals win without Wilson Ramos?]

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Gruden: Redskins still sorting out offensive line changes

Gruden: Redskins still sorting out offensive line changes

Here are the salient points from Jay Gruden’s news conference on Wednesday:

—They want to get newly acquired center John Sullivan ready to play in a backup role this week. “He’s a very bright guy and I think he will be able to help this team in the long run.”

—Gruden said that the plan to cover the offensive line with two starters out is still being developed. He said that he wants Arie Kouandjio to get a “taste” of starting a left guard, which didn’t sound like much of a commitment to have him start. The door was left open for the possibility of Trent Williams starting at left guard although Gruden didn’t seem to like the idea of moving him.

—The team is doing well getting into the red zone and Gruden said that figuring out how to get the ball into the end zone rather than settling for three is “very high” on the list of concerns.

—There are injuries in the defensive backfield, too, but Gruden is not “overly concerned” about them. He likes the flexibility of the group and think that they can fill in with DeAngelo Hall on injured reserve and Bashaud Breeland out for at least this week.

—Jordan Reed has yet to catch a touchdown pass this year in part because teams are defending differently in the red zone. “Yeah, we are seeing a little bit more zone probably and when they play zone, sometimes they bang him when he gets off the line of scrimmage or they send an extra guy to him which is good. It should open up some other people but we just haven’t found the open guy consistently.”

—Will Josh Norman follow Terrelle Pryor, the Brown’s No. 1 receiver who had 141 yards receiving last week? “We’ll have to wait and see.” I wouldn’t expect an answer on this until game time but Pryor is not yet the caliber of receiver who would warrant be trailed by Norman. That’s not really his game, anyway. He is much more effective as a zone corner.