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Fishing Report: Favorable tides

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Fishing Report: Favorable tides

Grass continues to break up, making fish more accessible. Falling morning tides provide better opportunities.

Water temperatures are falling into the mid 70s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Beautiful fall weather with highs under mostly sunny skies in the mid to upper 70s. Cool start with overnight lows in the mid 50s. Slight chance of rain.”

Great time for hollow frogs like Mann's Goliath on 60-pound GAMMA Torque braid. Use long rods, make long casts and set the hook fast! Cast over thinning grass, over holes and over dead grass remnants. Slow twitches. Follow up with a weightless stickworm on 20-pound braid and a Mustad Mega Bite 3/0 hook. Cast to missed blow-ups. Also give poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash a shot to finesse fish into biting. Stay with this until fish stop biting. 

Move a bit deeper as the tide comes in and use crankbaits. For shallow applications, crank Mann's Baby 1-Minus in the same areas on Edge fluorocarbon line. With more water, Lucky Craft BDS 4 will run deeper. Hang both in grass and snap free. Also tie on chatterjigs with black blades and craw pattern skirts and trailers.

Otherwise, fish deep hard grass edges. Texas rigged Mizmo tubes with a 3/16-ounce weight pitched to these edges work too. Also try weightless stickworms wacky style with 2/0 red Mustad weedless wacky hooks. Allow baits to go to the bottom and watch line on the drop.

Find water with some color to it and stay away from crystal clear water, as these fish are a bit spooky. Here you need light line and smaller natural finesse soft plastic trick worms. 

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

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John Wall puts 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas on a poster

John Wall puts 7-foot Jonas Valanciunas on a poster

WASHINGTON -- Things were not looking good for the Washington Wizards to start Game 4. Honestly, there were some flashes back to the team’s performance in the first two games of the series against the Toronto Raptors.

That all quickly changed when John Wall did what he does best: drive to the basket.

Not only did Wall drive to the basket, he went and put Raptors' center Jonas Valanciunas on a poster.

Valanciunas is a 7-foot Lithuanian.

We get it John, it’s your city and we’re all your residents.

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Capitals one win away from facing the Penguins ... again

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Capitals one win away from facing the Penguins ... again

The Washington Capitals are one win away from advancing to the second round of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

If they do beat the Blue Jackets in Game 6 or Game 7, a familiar foe awaits them.

The Pittsburgh Penguins ended their series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday with a 8-5 win in Game 6. They will play the winner of the Capitals-Columbus Blue Jackets series.

Because of course they will.

The Penguins have beaten the Capitals in the second round in each of the past two seasons. The series went six games in 2016 and seven in 2017.

Washington’s biggest rival has been a thorn in the side of the Caps throughout the team’s history. Washington and Pittsburgh have met in the postseason 10 times. Only once have the Caps come out victorious, in 1994.

Pittsburgh has won five Stanley Cups in their history and each time, they had to beat the Caps in the playoffs to do it.

The emergence of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin helped to reignite the Washington-Pittsburgh rivalry, but that too has been one sided. Crosby has won three Stanley Cups while Ovechkin has never advanced past the second round.

Before you despair, however, consider this. Coming into the season, no one knew what to expect from the Capitals. Expectations were low. Somehow, Washington managed to overcome the loss of several players in the offseason and managed to win the Metropolitan Division.

In a season in which the Caps have already defied expectations, perhaps this will be the year they finally get past Pittsburgh and advance to the conference final. Maybe? Please?

First things first, they still need one more win against Columbus. Game 6 will be Monday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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