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Fishing Report: Resolve to fish more

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Steve Chaconas

Fishing Report: Resolve to fish more

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There is good winter fishing in key areas on the Potomac River. Use lighter line and downsized lures.

Water is between 38-45, depending where you’re fishing. Outgoing tides are often warmer. NBC-4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "The new year will start a bit wet with temperatures around 50. Clearing by Wednesday before dropping into the upper 30s for the weekend.”

Fishing during the warmest part of the day! Dress in layers, wear a PFD, and fish with a buddy. The best spots are out of the current areas with steep drops like Occoquon, Spoils Cove, National Harbor, and Belle Haven. Work lures down or parallel to drops.

Silver Buddy lures work well on 10-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Use a medium heavy cranking rod with a fast reel. Gently burp and allow to drop. Bites occur on drops, so watch line and pay attention for fish when you lift again. Keep hooks sharp!

Follow up with Punisher hair jigs. Using 15 pound test Torque braid with a 10-pound Edge fluorocarbon leader will make it easier to detect light bites and to set the hook on long casts. A slow lift and drop or a slow drag and stop will work best. Work split shot and drop shot rigs slowly with 4-inch leaders on the drop shot, 10 inch on the split shot. Soak plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice. Use the same braid combo used with the hair jigs.

On warmed flats, go with Lucky Craft Bevy Shad, aurora gold, crankbaits. These suspend and can be easily worked to 8 feet deep. Drag and stop. Lift and drop. Tie to 8-pound test GAMMA Copoly. Cast on spinning gear with a medium action rod.

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

Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver named 2018 WNBA All-Stars

Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver named 2018 WNBA All-Stars

On Tuesday, the WNBA revealed the list of 22 players selected by fans, WNBA players and head coaches and media for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018. 

Two Washington Mystics will be featured in the July 28 showcase at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Elena Delle Donne is making her fifth All-Star appearance and serving as one of two team captains, while Kristi Toliver earns the honor for her second time, and first since 2013. 

Delle Donne recorded her 3,000th career point Sunday night becoming the fastest player in WNBA history to reach the milestone with a 23-point performance in a loss to the Atlanta Dream. It was just the 148th game of her career. 

The 28-year-old is averaging 20.6 points, good for fourth in the league. 

Toliver is averaging 14 points and 4.2 assists. The former Maryland Terrapin is also just a week removed from making her debut as part of the Wizards coaching staff during Las Vegas Summer League. 

The Mystics are 13-9 and atop the eastern conference by 0.5 games. The last time the team had two all-stars was in 2015, when Stefanie Dolson and Emma Meesseman played together.

For ticket information about Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018, fans may visit lynx.wnba.com/allstar/.