Fishing on the Potomac: Spawn winding down


Fishing on the Potomac: Spawn winding down

Fish are on beds and headed into post spawn. Location and tides will be key to stay on these fish.

Water is in the mid 70s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon early in the week, highs in the low to mid 80s. Upper 70s sunshine and clouds the rest of the week. Dry headed into the weekend.”

Locate spawners closer to deep water to target fish in all stages. Otherwise, move into spawning flats and move out to scattered grass, cover or a drop for post-spawners. Drop shot rigs target pre and post spawn fish. Tie 6-inch leaders with a 1/8-ounce Bullshot weight. Use 15-pound test GAMMA Torque braid with a 12-pound Edge leader. A Mizmo Doodle Worm on a Mustad 2/0 Mega Bite hook rigged Texas style is working well! Bass guarding fry will fall prey to bright colored trick worms on a 3/0 Mega Bite hook. Same drop shot line set up.

For post spawners, try clown pattern Lucky Craft Pointer 100. Use 10 pound test Copoly line. Keep baits moving. Same goes for surface lures like Lucky Craft Gunfish. Buzzbaits at lower water in pads or over grass tied to 20-pound Edge fluorocarbon will produce.

Texas rigged blue craw Mizmo tubes with a 3/16 ounce bullet weight on 12 pound Edge can be cast and dragged through grass, pitched to visible grass clumps, or to docks. Good post spawn targets.

Wacky rigged Mizmo Quiver Stix with a 2/0 Mustad Octopus hook on the same drop shot line set up for spinning gear. Add a wrap of thin solder to the hooks to get the bait down faster.

Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. info@nationalbass.com



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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.