Fishing on the Potomac: Rest for the Winded!


Fishing on the Potomac: Rest for the Winded!

Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the PotomacCSNwashington.com

A windy week left the water stained and colder. It also affected tides, blowing them out lower than usual and not allowing tides to come in as fully. Look for falling tides in the morning with later afternoon high tides. Last weeks 58 to 63 degree water will be much warmer this week as a warming trend is on the way!

Start with scattered offshore cover and drop-offs and move to docks following fish to shoreline cover as tides rise. Seawalls, marsh clumps and pads are high tide targets. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Highs will warm to 70 and rapidly get into the 80s by the end of the week with partly cloudy skies all week. A chance of scattered thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday, but a great week overall before cooling to near 80 with some sunshine for the weekend.

Lighter winds should allow tides to return to normal. With the low tide start, fish Mizmo Tubes on drops and on the deeper dock pilings. River Craw and other green pumpkin patterns are fine. Also wind crankbaits like the Lucky Craft SKT Mini MR in chartreuse patterns on scattered shallow cover. Leading up to higher tides, move in toward shore with lipless cranks like Lucky Crafts LVR D-7 up to 3 feet deep and the LV 500 from there. For colors, red works but try others when the sun is out and water is a bit clearer. As water floods shoreline cover near seawalls or marsh banks, try crankbaits like the Lucky Craft SKT Mini MR crankbaits in chartreuse patterns.

As the water rises, move in toward shore with the tubes. With the highest tides, target lily pads, marsh clumps and shoreline cover with tubes and creature baits like Mizmos Swamp Monster.

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Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

Wizards drop to precarious position in close Eastern Conference playoff race

As if they needed a reminder, the Wizards saw firsthand on Wednesday night just how much can change in a short period of time in the Eastern Conference playoff race where just two games separate the No. 3 and No. 6 teams.

That No. 6 team is now your Washington Wizards, who began the day in fourth place but lost their first game in four days on the same night both the Cavs and Sixers won theirs. 

The Wizards lost to the Spurs on Wednesday and managed only 90 points, their fewest since Jan. 22. It was a lackluster performance in a game the Wizards needed to treat with urgency. 


The Spurs sure did.

"We've gotta have a better mentality coming into games," guard Bradley Beal said. "The Spurs were fighting for playoff seeding just like we were."

The Wizards have now lost six of their last 10, yet all those games have come against teams currently holding playoff spots. Considering John Wall reamins out with a left knee injury, it's hard to fault them too much when they are staying afloat just fine in the big picture.

The problem is that the closer they get to the end of the season, the more these losses are magnified. They amount to missed opportunities, some bigger than others.

That was not lost on Beal, who considered the alternative. If the Wizards had beaten the Spurs, they would be sitting in fourth, two spots higher, and just a game-and-a-half out of third.

"Every time we have a chance to move up, we take two steps back," Beal lamented.


The Wizards are in a high stakes part of the standings where plenty is in the balance. They are fighting for home court advantage, something they would get in the third or fourth spots. And who they match up with will be paramount.

By falling to sixth, the Wizards are currently in line to play the Cleveland Cavaliers. Though the Pacers and Sixers are also good teams, they don't have LeBron James. Avoiding him and the Cavs would be ideal for the Wizards.

Beal has even bigger worries than that. He noted after the loss in San Antonio that they could fall even further if they aren't careful. They are now just a game-and-a-half up on the seventh-place Heat. 

"We've gotta realize what's at stake, man. The way we're going, we could keep dropping and mess around and be eighth. We've gotta do whatever it takes to win," he said.

The Wizards should be fine, if the previous two months are any indication. But Wednesday night was another example of how precarious things are for them this season in the tightly-packed Eastern Conference.


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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: How does Brooks Orpik really impact the Caps?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: How does Brooks Orpik really impact the Caps?

No player on the Caps gets more scrutiny than defenseman Brooks Orpik. While the analytics aren't kind when he's on the ice, we got to see what the Caps looked like without him when he was scratched against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday and...well, his loss was noticeable.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir discuss what Orpik's true impact on the Capitals really is both on and off the ice on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast. Plus, they also talk about John Carlson's monster season and Barry Trotz's new strategy for the goalies.

Listen to the latest episode in the player below or here on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.