High temperatures and high tides on Potomac

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High temperatures and high tides on Potomac

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
CSNwashington.com

No Cooling!

Water temperatures will reach the mid to upper 80s this week after a scorching forecast! Tides will be high in the early morning giving anglers a choice to start the day! The afternoon bite could be a good frog bite especially in matted grass areas!

There will be no cooling off period this week for fish or fishermen. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Welcome to July! Highs in the mid 90s all week with a chance of scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Overnight lows in the mid 70s. Look for a hot weekend before a possible moderate cooling next week.

Early morning opens the tackle box with high water. A mix of chatterbaits and Mann's Baby 1-Minus will cover water at the higher tides. Try blackblue chatterbaits with a Manns HardNose soft jerkbait trailer. Try a few other dark colors in the same areas. As for the Baby 1-Minus, go with the firetiger patterns. I paint the bellies orange! Mustad Ultra Point short shank triple grip trebles are a great way to fish these. Both baits get 14-16 pound test GAMMA Fluorocarbon line.

If you want to try topwaters, get up on the bank at high tide under early morning low light with Lucky Craft G-Splash and Lucky Craft walking Gunfish. For the poppers, try baitfish patterns. Aurora black is a great Gunfish color.

After tides fall in the heat of the day, move to outer grass edges or drop offs. For grass, try hollow frogs like Manns Super Frog. White if its sunny and with clouds, try black. Also look for matted clumps near deeper grass edges to punch with 1-ounce Round Valley Tungsten weights. Tie Manns HardNose Craws in green pumpkin with red flake to heavy-duty braid or 20 pound test GAMMA Fluorocarbon line.

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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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