Fishing report: A tale of tides


Fishing report: A tale of tides

Adapt to falling tides. Low afternoon tides will position fish on edges.

With morning high tides and clouds, topwaters cover water. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Cooler 80s this week before getting into the 90s for the weekend. Chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon on Monday and Tuesday.”

Walking Lucky Craft Gunfish and covering water early will get bites. Use Gamma Torque braid to haul fish out of thick grass. Heavier Mustad KVD Short shank triple grip trebles hold up. Locate water with a bit of current and color. Very clear water is tougher to fish. Make long casts.

As tides fall and sun comes up, moving lures like Mann's Baby 1-Minus, chatter jigs and swim jigs can be worked over grass. At lower part of the tide, pitch Texas rigged Mizmo tubes with 1/4-ounce bullet weights on 16-pound test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line. Cast wacky rigged stickworms like Mizmo Quiver Stix on the same line. When the bite gets tough, dead stick the stickworms. Use O-rings with a red 2/0 Mustad Octopus hook. Allow baits to sit for 10 seconds and longer. Engage grass, then snap free allowing to fall and sit. Look for areas with scattered or no grass in front of thick edges.

In deeper areas close to grass edges and under docks where there is no grass, try drop shot and shaky head. For drop shot, use 20-pound Torque braid with 12-pound test Edge for leader, 2/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook and 3/16-ounce Water Gremlin BullShot weight. Mizmo makes a great 1/8-ounce Barb Wire shaky head. 4-5 inch green pumpkin Mizmo Doodle worms for both techniques.

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

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Need to Know: Redskins have faith in their young cornerbacks but will keep their options open

Need to Know: Redskins have faith in their young cornerbacks but will keep their options open

RICHMOND—Here is what you need to know on Wednesday, August 15, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Jets in their second preseason game. 

Talking points

The Redskins paid Orlando Scandrick $1 million and he didn’t play so much as a preseason snap for them. The money is gone, and the Redskins are left with what is mostly a youthful group at cornerback. 

The senior citizen is Josh Norman, who is 30 and entering his seventh NFL season. Quinton Dunbar is next on the age scale at 26. Those two will be the starters at cornerback on the outside. After them, youth rules the day. 

Fabian Moreau, 22, will take the slot corner position that Scandrick was going to fill. He is in his second NFL season having played just 59 snaps as a rookie. 

That’s 59 more NFL snaps than the next three players on the depth chart have combined. Rookies Greg Stroman, a seventh-round pick this year, Adonis Alexander, a supplemental sixth-round pick, and undrafted free agent Danny Johnson, all 22 years old, are the next men up if any of the top three on the depth chart falter or get injured. 

“I’m very impressed with them all,” said Jay Gruden. “You know, obviously Adonis not as much because he just got here, and he’s been hurt but he’s got the skill set that we’ve noticed, as far as your sixth corner, I think he’d be a very good guy to have in your building to develop. Watching Stroman and watching Danny Johnson compete and play, I’ve been impressed. Watching Fabian move inside, I’ve been very impressed.”

That all sounds good. However, Gruden made sure that everyone knows that the cornerback depth chart is not set in stone.

“We still have time if it doesn’t work out or if somebody gets injured, we still have time to make moves also ourselves,” he said.

The Redskins have about nine practices and three preseason games before they have to set their roster. If it proves that their confidence in the young corners is not well founded, they could look to pick up an alternative on the waiver wire, in the free agent market (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is still available), or via a trade.

The best-case is that the kids work out. But if not, there are alternatives. 

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The 2017 Redskins were sixth in the league in pass defense according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric. 

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Today: No media availability

Upcoming: Preseason Jets @ Redskins (Aug. 16) 1 day; Final cut (Sept. 1) 17 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 25 days

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