Fishing on the Potomac: Time to prepare


Fishing on the Potomac: Time to prepare

Forget going out this week. Ramps are frozen. Most fishing spots are frozen, and it's still very cold.

Water is around 32 degrees, as cold as it can get! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist Kim Martucci says, “No more snow! But cold with temperatures just above freezing and into the 40s mid week. Overnight lows in the teens to around freezing. The weekend will warm into the 40s and get near 50.”

Plenty of winter fishing ahead, so get ready. Once water warms to 38, fish will bite again. Winter fish mouths are tough and bites are light. Sharpest hooks are best. Quality hooks on ball head and shaky head jigs are important. Use a sharpening stone or replace them with Mustad Ultra Point round bend trebles. Changing hooks on dulled Lucky Craft Pointer trebles is a good idea. Same with Silver Buddy lures.

Using high quality fishing lines like GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon makes a big difference. These lines allow for better strike detection and hooksets. Thin lines allow for longer casts too. This is key for Pointer suspending jerkbaits in clear water. Fluorocarbon lines also sink and help baits stay on the bottom. Try combining 10-pound GAMMA Torque braid with 6-pound test Edge, a good combo for most techniques, unless it is very cold, as the wet braid will freeze. Line conditioners like Blakemore’s Real Magic help with line management.

New Hanz Tap Knit waterproof gloves keep hands warm and allow for casting. These new gloves will also operate touchscreen phones! 

Get a good fishing map from GMCO maps and mark winter areas, deep water close to shallow water in out of the current areas, so you will be ready for the coming thaw!  

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





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When the Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny on Monday, that put the team at the maximum of 23 players on the roster including eight defenseman.

Another move seemed likely and the Caps made it on Tuesday by placing veteran blueliner Taylor Chorney on waivers.

Teams now will have 24 hours to potentially claim Chorney. Should he clear at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, it is expected that he will be sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Whether he is claimed or sent to Hershey, his entire $800,000 cap hit will no longer count against the Capitals' salary.

One important thing to note, however, is that placing Chorney on waivers was not required in order for Washington to remain under the salary cap.

Having eight defensemen would mean scratching two every game — assuming the team does not dress seven and after that failed experiment in last year's playoffs, why would they — which means it would be a struggle to make sure everyone gets consistent playing time in the final weeks of the season.

Perhaps placing Chorney on waivers is the team trying to get him more playing time to keep him sharp in case the team suffers injuries on the blue line and he is called upon in the playoffs.

Or perhaps it could mean something else.


Chorney played on Feb. 15, but that was during the mentor's trip. Barry Trotz's policy for those trips is to get everyone in at least one of those two games. Before that, Chorney had not played since Jan. 2. It certainly seems like the team was comfortable with him being the designated No. 7 and was not all that concerned about getting him regular playing time before now.

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Perhaps MacLellan has another move up his sleeve before Monday's trade deadline.