By Steve Chaconas
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Settled weather pattern turned fish on last week. Anything at the right tide will work. Sun puts fish on cover where bottom baits are needed. In low light or cloud cover, use moving baits.
Water temperatures should be around 65, warming a few degrees by the end of the afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Weather will be stable with daytime highs in the mid 70s and overnight lows in the upper 50s. Light winds out of the NW start the week. Out of the South Wednesday before shifting back from the north to cool into the upper 60s by the weekend.”
In calm, clear, low water, try topwaters early and late in the day, Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers on 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly with a pause between pops, watching for fish movement under the bait. Also, slow walking Gunfish can work.
Cast Mann’s Classic 1/4-ounce spinnerbaits with white skirts over grass, wood, riprap and docks. Fish front edges of grass and deeper wood cover in the morning. Red Mann's Baby 1-Minus switching to shad patterns in clear water.
Pitch Mizmo tubes and Mann’s Stone jigs to cover, moving toward the bank as tides rise. Use Texas rigged 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Tube hooks, a 1/4-ounce weight for Green pumpkin Mizmo varieties like Blue Craw and River Craw (orange tails). Half-ounce black/blue Stone jigs with matching craw trailers also work on 14-16 pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line.
Go old school with Mann’s HardNose 4-inch pumpkinseed grubs, a 1/4-ounce ball jig, or splitshot rigs with a 3/16-ounce BullShot weight, a 2/0 Mustad Mega Lite hook and a 4-inch HardNose Super Finesse worm on 8-pound test Copoly. A quick spray of Jack's Juice attractant on plastics and jigs will encourage fish to hold on.
Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis were among those absent at Monday's open Redskins OTAs session, and both absences were surprising considering each player's somewhat unsteady spot on the roster.
Nicholson's second year with the Redskins was a struggle both on and off the field, while Davis is often mentioned as someone who might be in line for a contract restructuring or even a release.
However, thanks to a video that the Redskins posted on Instagram, it's now clear that the safety and the tight end have since returned to Ashburn to work with their fellow teammates:
It's an especially encouraging development for Nicholson, who should be doing whatever he can to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff. Whatever the reason for his absence was on Monday, it's a good sign to see that he didn't stay away too long.
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The Washington Nationals just can't catch a break, now 11 games under .500 after last night's dismal 6-1 loss to the New York Mets.
This time, the loss came at the hands of usually the most reliable reliever for the Nats, Sean Doolittle, who came into the game during the 8th inning with two runners on and two outs.
Wednesday night, he was not so reliable.
Doolittle failed to get that last out, hitting Carlos Gomez, then Juan Lagares cleared the bases to make it 3-1 on a double.
Then, with two on, Rajai Davis, who had just come up from the minor leagues, stepped up to the plate.
Davis had just taken a two hour Uber ride from Lehigh Valley, PA., arriving during the third inning of the game and getting lost upon arrival when trying to find the clubhouse. Davis was put in to face Doolittle during the eighth as a pinch hitter and his first career at-bat as a Met.
Of course, Davis delivered with a three-run home run to seal the 6-1 win.
A pinch-hitter with his first career at-bat as a Met hitting a three-run homer is a poetic end for the failing Nationals, now with a 6.98 ERA, the worst in Major League Baseball.
The Nats are now in danger of being swept by the Mets, now third in the NL East, with a 12:10 matinee Thursday again at Citi Field.
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