Top Water Time!


Top Water Time!

A good week for morning top waters as the Potomac clears. Low light will enhance these opportunities.

Water temperature will be in the low to mid 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Highs around 90 on Monday and then falling to the low 80s with a decent chance of thunderstorms or showers every day. Mornings around 70.”

Start with Lucky Craft G-Splash 80 poppers on 10-12 pound test GAMMA Copoly line. Cast to inside line of grass and find the speed and cadence fish want. Also target pads at high tide. Hollow frogs like Mann's Goliath on 60-pound GAMMA Torque braid work too. Waker baits are good to try too.

If topwater bite fades, go to moving lures depending on cloud cover and water clarity. With some sun and clear water, gradually work deeper with Mann's Baby 1-Minus on 12-14 pound Edge Fluorocarbon line. Snap free from grass. Chatter jigs in craw patterns will work too. Use new Mann's Reel N Shad by itself or as a trailer. Classic spinnerbaits with clouds and a bit of stained water.

The reliable bait is the stickworm. Mizmo Quiver Stix rigged wacky with an O-Ring in the center on 12-14 pound test Edge fluorocarbon line tied to a 2/0 Mustad Octopus Hook. I like red rubber rings and hooks. Try green pumpkin patterns. Cast and let fall. Let them sit and pull up, snapping free from grass.

At lower tides in the afternoon, heavy drop shot with a 2/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook and a 3/16-ounce Water Gremlin Bullshot weight. Pitch to hard outside edges. I like braid with a fluorocarbon leader. Soak plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice.

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

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Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard out against Wizards

Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard out against Wizards

The Wizards will catch a break on Saturday night when they host the Toronto Raptors in the second game of their regular season, as Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard is being held out due to rest.

Leonard, who has been dominant so far for the 2-0 Raptors, is being limited in back-to-backs after he missed 73 games last season due to a quadriceps injury. The Raptors played the night before against the Celtics.

With Leonard out, the Raptors will likely rely on C.J. Miles and O.G. Anunoby at the small forward position. Shooting guard Delon Wright is also out with a shoulder injury.

Though Leonard and Wright are out of the mix, Toronto still has plenty of talent including All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry is averaging 21 points, seven assists and 3.5 rebounds through two games. 

Serge Ibaka has been their third-leading scorer with 15 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds. They also acquired Danny Green in the Leonard deal and he's off to a strong start with 12.5 points and five rebounds per game.

Leonard's absence may be noticed more on the defensive end, as he is one of the best in the NBA on the perimeter. That could make things a bit easier for Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr.

The Wizards and Raptors next play on Nov. 23. That game is in Toronto.



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'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

Zach Brown is a fearless player. Turns out, Zach Brown's dad is pretty fearless, too.

That first statement is one you can confirm by watching the Redskins linebacker play each time he takes the field, often times hurt.

The second statement, on the other hand, was confirmed earlier this week in an interview between Brown and JP Finlay about the Washington-Dallas rivalry.

"It got under our skin, knowing we got swept by them [last year]," the defender told Finlay after a weekday practice. "You just hate to go back home and hear them talk so much trash."

The leader of the brave "them" who actually taunt a 250-pound LB following a loss? Oh, just Brown's father, who's a diehard Cowboys supporter.

"My dad was giving it to me," he said while looking back on the 2017 season. "I said, 'Don't worry about it. Next year's gonna be a different movement.'"

"I'm gonna talk trash at the end of this season," Brown added. "It's a house divided."

Adrian Peterson knows what Brown's talking about. The Texas native even went as far as to break down exactly how his own house is divided.

According to him, 75-percent of his family are all about the Cowboys, 10-percent are looking for him to put up good numbers in a 'Boys victory and the final 15-percent have converted to the burgundy and gold.

Rookie corner Greg Stroman can relate as well. The Virginia kid who'll be making his debut in the series he's very familiar with said his grandma and her relatives fall on both sides of the matchup.

Stroman does have one advantage over Brown and Peterson, though. Unlike the two veterans, he was able to get his entire family's rooting interests in order for Sunday, at least.

"They all bought in now," he said.

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