Sandy Muddies the Water!


Sandy Muddies the Water!

By Steve Chaconas, Fishing on the Potomac

Last week just about every boating and fishing outing was cancelled.

Water will be a lot cooler this weekend, muddier too! Also look out for debris in the water!

The river has really cooled off! Expect water to be around 50 for a high this week!  NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like daytime highs will be around 50 with overnight lows in the low 30s until Wednesday when a cold rain comes through bringing wind and rain into Thursday. Friday warms and a nice weekend is on the way with mild 60s and overnight lows in the mid 40s.”

The river will be muddy, except in water treatment discharge areas and backs of creeks. Look for fish to hold very tight to cover (logs, docks and riprap) in areas with less than 12 inches of visibility. Water should still be higher than normal. Get tight to shoreline cover and pitch black/blue 1/2-ounce Mann's Stone Jigs, with heavy soaking in garlic Jack's Juice spray. Punisher rattles are perfect for plastic chunks. For other plastics Mizmos 4-inch Swamp Monster creates a lot of disturbance. Rattles and Jacks Juice here too! Fish very slow, staying in one spot for a while. Fish will eat, but are not chasing. Tie both to GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon 14 or 16-pound test.

Try Gold or painted Silver Buddy lures tied to 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly in colder water. Gently "burp" the bait a few inches off the bottom. Let it sit and repeat, tight lining to the bottom. Fish areas with a steep drop, out of the current.
Also, slowly retrieved Lucky Craft Red LV-500 lipless cranks on fluorocarbon across creek mouth points as water warms later in the day and by the end of the week.

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NHL Power Rankings: Where do the Caps stand after taking their first regulation loss?

NHL Power Rankings: Where do the Caps stand after taking their first regulation loss?

After starting the season 3-0-1, the Washington Capitals were handed their first loss on Saturday at the hands of the New York Rangers.

It was a tough way to close out the week, especially considering that the team now has to pack its bags and hit the road for a four-game road trip through Western Canada.

But there's one important thing to remember: Teams lose in the regular season. It happens.


The reaction after a loss like Saturday's is to drop the Caps like a stone in the power rankings, but it's important not to overreact to every game. Just four days before the loss, Washington dominated the Colorado Avalanche and they did it with backup Philipp Grubauer in net.

Here's what we know. In their first five games, the Caps earned seven out of a possible 10 points. As of Monday, the team sits second in the Metropolitan Division standings.

Alex Ovechkin put it best.

"You can't win 82 games in a row," he said following Saturday's loss. "Sometimes you have to lose. It's hard lessons for us."

So who Are the Capitals? Are they the team that squandered a two-goal lead at home against the New York Rangers or the one that thoroughly outplayed the Colorado Avalanche?

Find out just where the Caps stand in this week's NHL Power Rankings.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick critical of organization's trust in him after Jets' win over Ravens

Ryan Fitzpatrick critical of organization's trust in him after Jets' win over Ravens

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the Jets' Week 7 game against the Ravens with an NFL-high 11 interceptions.

He also entered the game with a firm spot on the bench. Fitzpatrick, who was engaged in a tenuous contract debate in the offseason, was benched after the team's ugly 26-3 loss to the Cardinals in Week 6.

But on Sunday, Fitzpatrick came to the rescue after Geno Smith left the game in with a knee injury, immediately driving the ball down the field for a touchdown. 


Fitzpatrick finished 9-of-14 for 120 yards and one touchdown in the Jets' 24-16 win.

But following the game, Fitzpatrick let it be known that his Week 6 performance was because he believed in himself because the organization and coaching staff didn't.

"The biggest thing in this game, in order to last, is to have belief in yourself," Fitzpatrick said, following the win. "Because when the owner stops believing in you, the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. So, that's kind of something I've had to deal with before, something I'm dealing with now."

When asked if he felt like coach Jeff Bowles, general manager Mike Maccagnan and owner Woody Johnson did not believe in him, Fitzpatrick was blunt. "Yeah, when you get put on the bench," he said, "I think that's the reason why."

The Jets, now 2-5, face the winless Browns in Week 8, and with Smith's status still uncertain, so too is Fitzpatrick's place under center.

"I don't know what decision they're going to make or what Geno's health is going to be like," he said. 

"But, yeah, I think I should start every week."