By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
Congratulations to MercuryTopwater Clothing Pro John Hutchins for winning the Everstart Tournament last week! This week fishing will be much better as water temperatures are cooling! Last week water was in the mid 80s. This week temperatures will fall to the upper 70s.
With a lot of sun, fish might be holding tighter to cover and a bit deeper! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, A much cooler week with highs early in the week in the upper 70s and then warming to the low 80s by the weekend. Overnight lows in the upper 50s to around 60 by the weekend...light winds and sunshine all week!
The better tides for topwater bites will come earlier in the week with
low tides coming later in the morning and into the early afternoon by the end of the week. Buzzbaits and Walkers like Lucky Craft Gunfish. Poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash will also work. Try light colors in clear water and darker bigger sizes in stained or choppy water.
After that, use moving baits early. Chatter jigs with green pumpkin skirts and green pumpkin Manns HardNose Flippin Craws as a trailer. Vary speeds to see what works. Manns Baby 1-Minus will work too! Here color will be important. In clear water, try some of the shad patterns. But crawfish patterns have been working very well in all water clarity.
As the tide falls and the sun comes up, fish edges of grass, deeper parts of docks and shoreline cover. As the sun gets high in the sky, bass will move to deeper edges. Chatter jigs and Manns Baby 1-Minus will still work, but when things get slow, go to Texas Rigged Mizmo tubes and stickworms.
The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018.
Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.
Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.
The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.
Only the Marlins have had as many.
"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."
"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand."
The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.
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While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report.
Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:
"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."
"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.
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