Fishing Report: Grass is starting to die


Fishing Report: Grass is starting to die

Less grass is a good thing, opening opportunities for all day bites! Lower tides are best. 

Water temperature will slowly drop to around 80 and below. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Around 90 all week with a chance of thunderstorms Thursday and Friday as a cool front comes through dropping the temperature to the mid 80s. Overnight around 70 to start the week, 60 by the weekend.”

Hydrilla is dying back and creating isolated mats. Look for areas where grass has a thin top layer or many holes to enable fish to find lures. Hollow frogs like white Mann's Goliath frogs on 60 pound GAMMA Braid will work in most scenarios even in direct sun. Take time to punch these small mats, especially during sunny hot times of the day. Use 1/2-1 ounce tungsten weights on braid. Strong flipping Mustad hooks with keeper barbs can bring up big ones! Shake on mats, and then allow bait to fall, watch line. Fish will pull, pull back and hold on. For early morning topwater bites in clear water, try Lucky Craft G-Splash 65 in Shad patterns. Use 10-pound test Copoly and make long casts.  Stained water, go with walking Aurora Black Gunfish.

Crankbaits and spinnerbaits too. For crankbaits, big-bodied buoyant Lucky Craft BDS4 work when pulled into grass. Edge 12-pound test fluorocarbon enables long casts and better snaps out of grass. Contact grass, hesitate, snap free and pause. Otherwise, Mizmo tubes, shaky heads, stickworms and drop shots will fill in during high tide periods. Also a good time to pull out the Texas rigged 10-inch ribbon tail worm. Make repeated casts to good-looking cover.

Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River.

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Blackhawks fans tossed after directing racist remarks at Washington's Smith-Pelly

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Blackhawks fans tossed after directing racist remarks at Washington's Smith-Pelly

CHICAGO—Four fans were ejected from United Center on Saturday night for taunting Devante Smith-Pelly as the Capitals’ winger sat in the penalty box.

The fans, according to a team spokesman, yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” at Smith-Pelly, who is black. Smith-Pelly was in the box for fighting in the third period of an eventual 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

The taunts were confirmed by an off-ice official, the spokesman said, and the fans were subsequently removed from the arena.

Smith-Pelly did not speak with reporters after the game but is expected to address the incident at the team’s next media availability. The team is scheduled to practice Sunday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.

Caps Coach Barry Trotz did not hold back when asked about the fans' comments.

“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism,” Trotz said. “I think it’s disgusting, and there’s no place for it. …It just shows ignorance.”

The Blackhawks responded on Twitter with an apology to Smith-Pelly, who is one of roughly 30 black players in the NHL.

February is Hockey is For Everyone month in the NHL.

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3 stars of the game: Caps suffer ugly loss to scuffling Blackhawks

3 stars of the game: Caps suffer ugly loss to scuffling Blackhawks

Just about everything that could go wrong did for the Capitals on Saturday in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Caps were coming off a strong 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, but none of that carried over in the trip to Chicago. The Caps took on a Blackhawks team that had lost eight in a row, but Chicago quickly took control in the first period and never looked back.

Washington gave up 21 shots on goal in the first period and found themselves down 3-1 after the opening frame. Things did not get much better from there as they gave up another three goals in the final four minutes of the second.

Here are the three stars of the game.

1. Jonathan Toews: Toews opened up the scoring in the first period with a quick shot from the corner that caught Braden Holtby by surprise.

Later in the first, he recorded an assist as his pass sparked a breakout that led to Brandon Saad's deal that gave Chicago back the lead. The Caps tried to make a game of it in the second period, but Toews intercepted a pass from Brooks Orpik that led to a 2-on-0 with himself and Patrick Kane that Kane netted to give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead and signaled to everyone that the rout was on. Saturday was only the second three-point night of the season for Toews.

2. Patrick Kane: Toews helped the Blackhawks take control early, but Kane helped provide the knockout punches in the second period. A bad pass from Orpik was intercepted by Toews that led to a 2-on-0 with Kane. Holtby made the initial save on Toews, but Kane was able to knock in the rebound for the goal.

Kane also added an assist on Artem Anisimov's power play goal which extended Chicago's lead to 6-1.

3. Tom Wilson: Before this one got out of hand, it looked like Wilson had erased the tough start for the Caps as he deflected a shot from Matt Niskanen into the net to get Washington on the board.

Saturday's tally was his third goal in two games and his 10th of the season, marking the first time in his career he has reached double digits in goals.