Fishing on the Potomac: Warming this week!


Fishing on the Potomac: Warming this week!

Days are getting longer and water is warming very slowly. Presentations must be slow. Slightly stained water will make things a bit tough this week.

This week will be warmer so grab a few spinning rods and head out, but wear a PFD.

Water temperature will start the week in the upper 30s, likely to warm to the mid 40s by the weekend. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "An early spring week with Monday warming into the mid 50s and into the 70s by mid week. Staying in the upper 60s into the weekend. Mix of sun and clouds all week and warmer nights ranging from upper 40s to upper 50s.”

The beginning of the week will be tough, but things should improve dramatically by the weekend. Start with Silver Buddy lures, 1/2-ounce silver on 10-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Also try Mann's Stingray grubs with 1/4-ounce heads on 6-pound test. Drop shot and shaky head will work too. Soak soft plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice Bait Spray. 

Fish will move a bit shallower on the steep drops. They might also get more active after a few days of warm up. Try tight wiggle cranks like the Lucky Craft Bevy Shad in gold patterns and even lipless cranks like the LV RTO 150 in red patterns. Water is warmest by the end of the week, try Lucky Craft Pointer 78 suspending jerkbaits. Look for clear areas or warm water discharge spots. Vary pauses. In stained water areas, go with Mann’s 3/8-ounce spinnerbaits with white skirts and gold willow and Colorado blades. Cast along drops and slowly retrieve maintaining contact with the bottom. Very slow retrieve!

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





Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

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Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

A bombshell article published Friday morning by Pat Forde and Pete Thaamel of YAHOO Sports details potential NCAA violations involving more than 20 schools and 25 players.

Among some of the biggest names and programs in college basketball includes former Maryland Terrapin, Diamond Stone.

According to documents and bank records that are part of an FBI investigation, Stone received $14,303 while a freshman at Maryland, a clear violation of NCAA rules. 

Former NBA agent, Andy Miller and his former associate, Christian Dawkins of ASM Sports were dishing out the incentives. Included were cash advances, entertainment expenses and travel expenses for high school and college prospects.

Other player's included in the documents include Dennis Smith who played at North Carolina State, Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall, DeMatha star Markelle Fultz who played at Washington and Edrice Adebayo who went on to play at Kentucky. 

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season before declaring for the NFL draft. He was selected 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Stone did  end up signing with a different agency.

While this is still under investigation, large consequences for the NCAA can be expected.

The NCAA released this statement following the news. 

These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.


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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?


NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to their team. With the Caps currently struggling in almost every aspect of the game, consider this: Just where would they be without Alex Ovechkin?

Washington ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per game with 3.05. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 36. He has scored an incredible 19-percent of his team's goals. No one on the Caps is within 20 goals of the Caps' captain.

That's not a typo. Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks second on the team with 16 goals. No other team in the league has a larger separation between its top two scorers. In fact, only three teams have a difference that's in the double digits: Vancouver (11), San Jose (10) and New Jersey (10).

Ovechkin is almost singlehandedly propping up Washington as a top-ten offense. If you think about just where this offense would be without him, there's a pretty strong case to be made that Ovechkin is as valuable to his team this season as any other player in the league.


Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Carlson is fifth among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With a blue line that has featured two rookies the majority of the season, an aging veteran in Brooks Orpik and that had to deal with an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Few players, if any, are as important to their team's offensive production and therefore its success than Ovechkin has been this season.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!