Fishing Report: Stable weather

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Fishing Report: Stable weather

By Steve Chaconas
Sponsored by www.pohankachevy.com

 

Settled weather pattern turned fish on last week. Anything at the right tide will work. Sun puts fish on cover where bottom baits are needed. In low light or cloud cover, use moving baits.

Water temperatures should be around 65, warming a few degrees by the end of the afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Weather will be stable with daytime highs in the mid 70s and overnight lows in the upper 50s. Light winds out of the NW start the week. Out of the South Wednesday before shifting back from the north to cool into the upper 60s by the weekend.”

In calm, clear, low water, try topwaters early and late in the day, Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers on 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly with a pause between pops, watching for fish movement under the bait. Also, slow walking Gunfish can work.

Cast Mann’s Classic 1/4-ounce spinnerbaits with white skirts over grass, wood, riprap and docks. Fish front edges of grass and deeper wood cover in the morning. Red Mann's Baby 1-Minus switching to shad patterns in clear water.

Pitch Mizmo tubes and Mann’s Stone jigs to cover, moving toward the bank as tides rise. Use Texas rigged 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Tube hooks, a 1/4-ounce weight for Green pumpkin Mizmo varieties like Blue Craw and River Craw (orange tails). Half-ounce black/blue Stone jigs with matching craw trailers also work on 14-16 pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line.

Go old school with Mann’s HardNose 4-inch pumpkinseed grubs, a 1/4-ounce ball jig, or splitshot rigs with a 3/16-ounce BullShot weight, a 2/0 Mustad Mega Lite hook and a 4-inch HardNose Super Finesse worm on 8-pound test Copoly. A quick spray of Jack's Juice attractant on plastics and jigs will encourage fish to hold on.

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Tom Wilson, an experienced punch-thrower himself, approved of Bryce Harper's fight

Tom Wilson, an experienced punch-thrower himself, approved of Bryce Harper's fight

When Tom Wilson compliments your punching, it's not all that different from when Vince Carter compliments your dunking or LaVar Ball compliments your ability to annoy millions of people just by opening your mouth.

Therefore, Bryce Harper, who initiated a one-on-one fight not normally seen on MLB fields Monday in San Francisco, should feel very honored by this Wilson tweet:

Wilson had more than double the number of penalty minutes than the next closest Capital this past season, so he's familiar with what is and isn't worthy of a trip to the penalty box. He also knows what good fighting looks like, and judging by his hashtag, the Nationals star met Wilson's standards.

Unfortunately for Harper, his punches came on the diamond and not the ice, so he'll likely miss more time than a few minutes once the powers that be have a chance to review his actions. 

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Even after two-plus years, Hunter Strickland couldn't forget last meeting with Bryce Harper

Even after two-plus years, Hunter Strickland couldn't forget last meeting with Bryce Harper

965 days. That's the amount of time that separated the second time Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland faced each other on an MLB diamond and the third one.

In that second matchup, which came back in Game 4 of the 2014 NLDS, Harper launched a game-tying home run in the seventh inning off of Strickland. Harper also hit a blast off Strickland in Game 1 of the same series.

Well, apparently, the Giants reliever still hasn't gotten over his last time he saw the Nationals star, because on Monday, the right-hander plunked the MVP candidate with a fastball the first chance he had since their postseason encounters almost three years ago.

Ironically enough, after San Francisco beat Washington in the NLDS, Strickland told the SF Chronicle how he would have to "have a short memory" on the mound for the rest of the playoffs and keep his composure after the home runs. Judging by this video, however, it's clear that Strickland's had some issues moving on:

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When you look back at that Game 4 meeting, you'll see Harper pause at home plate and watch his moonshot after sending it into the McCovey Cove, then glare at Strickland a few times as he rounds the bases. Some will call what No. 34 did a violation of baseball's unwritten rules, but it was a huge moment on a huge stage, which contributed to Harper's emotional reaction.

The fact of the matter is that plenty of pitchers have moved on from much more egregious things in much shorter time frames, but for whatever reason, Strickland just wasn't able to.

Afterward, Harper explained why he thinks the hit by pitch should've never happened.

But Ryan Zimmerman had the best quote of all when talking about the sequence:

The veteran is right on with that statement. Harper was better than Strickland back in 2014, so Strickland felt the need to tag Harper first before Harper had a chance to tag him again on Monday. Essentially, the pitcher followed the, "If you can't beat him, bean him" strategy.

965 days is a long time to get over a grudge. For Hunter Strickland, though, 965 days still wasn't enough.

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