By Steve Chaconas
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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.
There hasn't been much good news out of Redskins Park lately, as the team deals with pending free agency for QB Kirk Cousins and others combined with rumors of infighting among the front office. So video of 2016 first round pick Josh Doctson running and cutting comes at a great time for beleaguered 'Skins fans.
Doctson posted the video to his Snapchat account. When he last spoke after the Washington season ended, Doctson made clear he was feeling much better and that '100 percent health' is his main goal this offseason.
His rookie year, however, was a different matter.
The receiver out of TCU missed all but the first two games of the year. Even in those games, he played a very reduced role. Drafted 22nd overall, he had just two catches all year as an obscure Achilles' injuries landed him on the injured reserve. His plight could not be figured out by a slew of doctors and specialists, and the team finally decided to sit down their prized rookie.
A breakout year in 2017 would serve Jay Gruden's squad well, as the team stands to lose DeSean Jackson and/or Pierre Garçon to free agency. It looks likely the 'Skins will lose at least one of their starting WRs, and losing both is a distinct possibility. That could result in more than 2,000 receiving yards leaving the Redskins offense, and the team will need Doctson to pick up a good chunk of that production.
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The Wizards traded for Nets swingman Bojan Bogdanovic on Wednesday, and it appears he could make his debut with the team Friday in Philadelphia.
Bogdanovic will be active tonight against the 76ers, according to Wizards Insider J. Michael. Wizards sideline reporter Chris Miller got this footage of him at shootaround at Wells Fargo Center.
Washington acquired Bogdanovic with the idea that he'd provide consistent scoring off the bench. Though he started 54 games for the Nets this season, he should be a happy camper tonight in any role with the Wizards.
He told the media Thursday that he was "cheering" for the trade to Washington because the team is playing so well and rising in the Eastern Conference standings.
Tonight, he'll get to show the Wizards and their fans what he brings to the table. Also interesting will be how head coach Scott Brooks decides to use Bogdanovic, a versatile player who could get minutes in multiple lineups. He could spell Otto Porter in place of Kelly Oubre, or play alongside one of them in a small-ball lineup.
Chris McCollough, the other player acquired from the Nets, will not be active tonight.
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