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Fishing report: Better tides

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Fishing report: Better tides

Grass is thick and there's plenty of bait. Take advantage of early morning lower tides and cover water.

Water is still in the low 80s, but cooling. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Sunny skies all week with a near 90 start with temperatures falling into the mid 80s by the weekend. Mid 60s overnight.”

The last 2 hours of outgoing tide and first hour of incoming are pretty good! Cooler mornings are great for moving lures. With lower light try Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers or walkers like the Gunfish. GAMMA Torque braid, 30-pound test enables long casts, better hooksets and the ability to keep fish from taking baits into grass mats. When possible, upgrade to strong Mustad short shank triple grip trebles, a size larger.

For the 3-4 hours before low tide or when topwater action slows, use Mann's Classic spinnerbaits. Try swapping front gold Colorado blades for nickel. The back Indiana blade, allows this combo to be reeled fast in clear water. Snap from grass. Use 14-16 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. White chatter jigs will also produce. Try shad or chartreuse Mann's Baby 1-Minus.

Have a wacky or Texas rigged stickworm ready. Work slowly, especially in the heat of the day. Allow to sit for a few seconds for every foot of water being fished. For wacky rigging, use a 2/0 Mustad red octopus hook. A 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hook for Texas rigs.

High water offers afternoon challenges. Target hard grass edges or hard cover and no grass. Skip shaky head, Mizmo 1/8-ounce BarbWire heads, with 5-inch green pumpkin or Chartreuse pumpkin Doodle worms. Shake and sit!

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

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

When the Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny on Monday, that put the team at the maximum of 23 players on the roster including eight defenseman.

Another move seemed likely and the Caps made it on Tuesday by placing veteran blueliner Taylor Chorney on waivers.

Teams now will have 24 hours to potentially claim Chorney. Should he clear at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, it is expected that he will be sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Whether he is claimed or sent to Hershey, his entire $800,000 cap hit will no longer count against the Capitals' salary.

One important thing to note, however, is that placing Chorney on waivers was not required in order for Washington to remain under the salary cap.

Having eight defensemen would mean scratching two every game — assuming the team does not dress seven and after that failed experiment in last year's playoffs, why would they — which means it would be a struggle to make sure everyone gets consistent playing time in the final weeks of the season.

Perhaps placing Chorney on waivers is the team trying to get him more playing time to keep him sharp in case the team suffers injuries on the blue line and he is called upon in the playoffs.

Or perhaps it could mean something else.

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Chorney played on Feb. 15, but that was during the mentor's trip. Barry Trotz's policy for those trips is to get everyone in at least one of those two games. Before that, Chorney had not played since Jan. 2. It certainly seems like the team was comfortable with him being the designated No. 7 and was not all that concerned about getting him regular playing time before now.

When asked if the Kempny trade would mean any roster moves, Trotz said Monday that he was not sure and hinted that perhaps more moves could be coming from general manager Brian MacLellan. Moving Chorney's salary off the books does not clear much cap room, but it does clear some.

Perhaps MacLellan has another move up his sleeve before Monday's trade deadline.