By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
Low mid morning tides could make for a tough week. Water temperatures starting around 70. A brief early topwater bite followed by moving lures will pick off active fish. Finesse techniques produce later in the day.
Clouds could extend the moving lure bite as tides come in during the sunniest part of the day. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Overnight lows in the upper 50s to 60, daytime highs into the mid 70s. A low pressure system moves in on Wednesday raising temperatures to the mid 80s with a slight chance of rain, leaving cooler 70s and a few clouds toward the weekend.
For topwaters, work Lucky Craft G-Splash faster...with cloud cover or clear water. Slower, pop and stop if water is stained, or switch to the walking Gunfish. With chop or stain, try buzzbaits too!
As tides fall, fish deeper wood or grass edges looking for scattered grass away from edges. With cloud cover, chop or stain on the water, try 14-ounce Mann's Classic spinnerbaits, gold blades, white skirts. If water is clearer, try the 1-Minus. High sun, no chop, fish grass edges with Mizmo tubes, Texas rigged on 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hooks. Soaking jigs along wood and docks will be effective. As tides rise, fishing can get tough. Look for fish on riprap, seawalls and docks.
Drops with cover will consistently produce with drop shot and shaky head. Use 8-pound test Gamma Copoly or Edge fluorocarbon line. Drop shot weedless with a Mustad 10 Mega Lite hook and 18 ounce weight, a 10-inch leader, and a HardNose finesse worm soaked in Jack's Juice attractant. Try 18-ounce shaky heads with green pumpkin Mann's HardNose floating Wonder Worms. Work slowly, staying in scattered cover as long as possible.
Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day.
Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.
"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels and then make a decision from there."
Wall's knee issues date back to two weekends ago. He was administered two IVs by the Wizards training staff in order to play in a game against the Hawks. Those IVs were given to him due to him being sick and dealing with migraine headaches. But the fluids did not settle correctly and collected in his knee.
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Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.
Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.
Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.
If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.
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For years, the Redskins struggle with their home field as the fall turns to winter. It's been happening so long it's become an expected passing of the seasons, like the transition from Halloween jack-o-lanterns to Christmas lights dotting people's front yards.
Well, on Thanksgiving night, the turf at FedEx Field again showed how bad it can be. On a second half interception returned for a New York Giants touchdown, replay showed that Kirk Cousins' foot got stuck on the dirt, and it played a role in his sailing a ball to the sideline. The bad turf was not the only reason for the interception, but it was definitely a reason.
Beyond the pick, the field was just ugly. Twitter blew up making fun of the Redskins home grass, and the national broadcast showed just how unsightly the long brown patch between the hash marks looked.
On Friday, the normally diplomatic Cousins opened up about the grass.
"It probably doesn't look like a professional NFL field should," the quarterback said on 106.7 the Fan (full audio here). "If you think the field is rough now on Thanksgiving, we've got two more home games in mid-to-late December. That's probably going to be a bigger challenge."
Asked about the field's impact on the interception on Thursday night, Cousins ignored it. But plenty of other players have suggested the field is a known problem in the second half, and something they just must deal with.
"I don't know why it is that way or what causes it," Cousins said. "I've kind of learned to accept it and understand it's part of the deal. Playing here on the field has never been that great in the second half of the season for whatever the reason."
[h/t @BenStandig for the Cousins quotes]
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