Fishing on the Potomac
A week of fairly stable weather has fish on their way to a summer pattern. Expect to find fish in various stages, close to deeper water all the way to the bank! Low tides start the day providing topwater opportunities early!
Water temperatures should be into the mid to upper 70s this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Summer weather is here with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms all week. Daytime highs will be in the mid to upper 80s before dipping to the upper 70s when Fridays cold front brings rain.
A majority of bass have already spawned, so look for post spawners to be a bit deeper on drops, cover, and deeper grass edges. Since there will be low water to start the day, this is a great time to try walkers like Lucky Crafts Gunfish to lure summer pattern bass as well as reluctant post spawners. Keep the bait moving after missed strikes! Also walk poppers like Lucky Crafts G-Splash. Replace worn out feathered trebles with Mustad replacements.
As the tide rises, try shallow cranks like Manns Baby 1-Minus. Firetiger and other chartreuse patterns work well around all cover, including grass and wood as long as the bait is close to the cover. GAMMA fluorocarbon 12-pound test will allow baits to get down to cover and is strong enough to pull them out.
Swimming jigs like Manns Stone Jig with a HardNose craw trailer on GAMMA fluorocarbon will cover various depths. For pitching to docks, wood and grass targets, try Texas rigged Mizmo tubes on 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hooks. Baits like Mizmos Swamp Monster in the smaller size are effective through most of the tides. A good soaking in garlic Jacks Juice will also help.
As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.
Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.
"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."
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"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."
Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.
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Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.
"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.
Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.
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The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.
Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.
He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.
Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.
We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.
In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.
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