By Steve Chaconas, Fishing on the Potomac
Tides will be low in the morning, high midday and falling later in the day. Fish are on drops in water 6 to 10 feet deep. Watch water temps, moving shallower when it gets over 45!
Water temperatures will reach 46, 41 to start the day. Water clarity up to 3 feet. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A warm start to December, highs in the mid 60s. Clouds mid week with a chance of rain on Wednesday as temperatures fall to the mid 50s. Mid 40s on Thursday followed with a slight warm up into the low 50s by weekend when a chance of rain returns.”
Low tides start the day this week, try moving lures early on warmer days, then it's slow and deep! Choose Lucky Craft Pointer 78s on 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly. Long casts and long pauses. Silver Buddys burped close to cover on drops.
It's a spinning rod week with 6-8 pound test GAMMA Copoly line. Drop shot, shaky head, grubs and split shot rigs rotated in spots holding fish. For drop shots and split shots, use Mustad 2/0 Mega Lite hooks and 3/16 ounce BullShots with Mann’s HardNose finesse worm. Soak in garlic Jack's Juice. Try 12-inch leaders. Drop shot in one spot a while. For split shots, drag and stop a few inches at a time. Try this worm on shaky heads too! For grubs, Mann's 3-inch avocado on a ¼-ounce round ball head jig. Lift slightly and drop! Shake and let sit, move slightly!
Two Punisher hair jigs…1/4-ounce Punisher and Punisher II with a thinner wire hook for better penetration on longer casts. Use Punisher Rattles in soft plastic chunks. Let baits sit...shaking a bit. Spray Jack’s Juice here too.
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 23, 37 days before the NFL franchise tag deadline.
—NFL free agency starts 45
—NFL Draft 94
—First Sunday of 2017 season 230
Staying in house
—There are reasons to dislike the hire of Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator but the notion that he got the job because he is buddies with Jay Gruden really doesn’t hold water. They had no connection prior to last year and with them working on opposite sides of the ball they didn’t work side by side. I’ve heard the two have a friendly relationship but it’s not like he’s out of the Tampa Bay Yacht Club or anything.
—I know that everyone is obsessed with yardage rankings, which is a pretty weak indicator of the quality of a defense. Since you want to know, in Manusky’s nine seasons as a defensive coordinator his defenses have finished ranked 18th in yards allowed on average. In reality, Football Outsiders’ DVOA is a more accurate measure of the effectiveness of a defense since it takes the strength of the opponents into account. There isn’t much difference there, Manusky’s average DVOA ranking was about 17. In other words, he’s run middle of the pack defenses. Sure, you'd like them to do better but having a defense that's around average would represent an improvement over most of the last seven seasons.
—How has his talent been? Three different players have been first-team All-Pro selections. LB Patrick Willis made it three times, S Eric Weddle and DE Robert Mathias once each. Players under him made the Pro Bowl 13 times with Willis (3), Mathis (2), and DE Justin Smith (2) making it more than once. His defenses had three Pro Bowlers on one occasion when LB D’Qwell Jackson, CB Vonta Davia, and S Mike Adams all made it. That year the Colts defense was ranked 11th in yards and 13th in DVOA.
—It remains to be seen how much the Redskins will change schematically. Manusky has run both 4-3 fronts and 3-4’s so the Redskins could make a switch. Even if they go with a 3-4 base the unit is likely to be more aggressive than it was under Joe Barry. Some fans seem to be worried that promoting an assistant coach means that thinks will be done the same. Let me ask you this: If your boss was fired for not getting the job done and you were promoted into his position, would you do things the same way he did? I didn’t think so.
—There will be continuity on the offensive side of the ball as Matt Cavanaugh is going to get moved into the offensive coordinator job. It’s Gruden’s offense anyway so there would not have been much change even if they had brought someone in from the outside. It seems likely that Gruden will call the plays, although we won’t know for sure for a while. The only immediate question on that side of the ball is if Wes Phillips will stay on as the tight ends coach or if he will follow Sean McVay to Los Angeles. That should be resolved over the next several days.
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CLEMSON, S.C. — Seth Allen scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as hot-shooting Virginia Tech held off Clemson 82-81 on Sunday, sending the Tigers to their sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.
The Hokies (15-4, 4-3 ACC) shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the second half and 54.7 percent overall to win for the third time in the past four games. Allen made five of his six shots — including three 3-pointers — in the final 20 minutes and had a critical steal with 90 seconds left to keep Virginia Tech out front.
The Tigers (11-8, 1-6) appeared to take the lead down 70-69 as Jaron Blossomgame's shot with 3:48 left was rolling around and ready to fall in when teammate Sidy Djitte, attempting a tip in, knocked it away.
Chris Clarke soon followed with a three-point play and Allen hit a crushing 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to seal things for the Hokies.
Clemson got within 80-78 with 5.9 seconds left on Blossomgame's 3-pointer. But Justin Bibbs hit two foul shots to seal things.
Blossomgame and Avry Holmes had 20 points each for Clemson, whose ACC losing streak is its longest since dropping seven straight to end the 2012-13 season.
Holmes hit a 3-pointer for Clemson as time ran out to end the scoring.
Zach LeDay had 16 points and Ahmed Hill had 11 for the Hokies.
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