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Fishing Report: Stay indoors, get tackle ready

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Fishing Report: Stay indoors, get tackle ready

Forget about going out this week. Icy waters and boat ramps. Brutally cold temperatures as well.

Water is in the 36-degree range. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "Freezing overnight, highs only in the low 30s. Snow on Tuesday and a slight warm up into the 40s and in the mid 50s and a chance of rain on the weekend.”

So, what to do? Get tackle ready. Water will be warming in the coming weeks. This week look in your tackle box and stock up. Mizmo Doodle worms and 1/4 ounce BarbWire shaky heads. A couple of Mann's 3/8-ounce Colorado/willow spinnerbaits.

For drop shot, Mustad 2/0 Mega Bite hooks, 3/16 and 1/4 ounce Water Gremlin BullShot weights, and Mizmo green pumpkin Doodle worms. Mann's Stingray grubs, 3-inch avocado and 1/4 ounce ball head jigs. For all soft plastics, a can of Jack's Juice Garlic Bait Spray to add scent and flavor to baits.

For hard baits, stock up on Lucky Craft Pointer 78 and 100 suspending jerkbaits. The clown pattern and Aurora black along with a few shad patterns should have it covered. Same applies with Lucky Craft Bevy Shads.

For line, a few spools of GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon in 6, 8, 10, and 12 pound test. This line can be used for spinning and bait casting reels. Medium action spinning rods for the drop shot, shaky head and tubes, 6-8 pound test. For the jerkbaits, 10-pound test is best on a medium heavy casting rod with a soft tip. In windy conditions, a similar spinning rod.

That should fill your tacklebox. Warm weather is only a few weeks away.

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

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

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Ahead of NFL Draft, Ravens add to wide receiver corps with Willie Snead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Receiver Willie Snead has bid farewell to the Saints, which means New Orleans apparently won't match the contract the Baltimore Ravens offered the restricted free agent.

Eager to add a target for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens on Friday offered Snead a two-year, $10.4 million contract. The Saints had five days to match the deal. Snead indicated Monday on Twitter that he's headed out of New Orleans.

Snead tweeted: "What I'm going to miss most is the men in the locker room & the coaches."

He added: "Even though I'm sad to go, I'm even more excited for the next chapter in my life. I can't wait to strap it on as a Baltimore Raven."

Hampered by a three-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Snead was limited to eight catches for 92 yards last year.

In 2015, he had 69 receptions for 984 yards. He caught 72 passes for 895 yards in 2016.

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Was Columbus' travel a factor in the Caps' series comeback?

Was Columbus' travel a factor in the Caps' series comeback?

Whenever a playoff series ends, the analysis begins soon after. Why did this team win? Why did this team lose? Why did this player perform while this one did not?  This is an exercise performed by media, players and coaches alike, especially for teams that walk away from a series believing they let an opportunity slip away.

The Columbus Blue Jackets fell to the Washington Capitals in six games despite taking a 2-0 series lead by winning both opening games in Washington. Head coach John Tortorella will have all summer to think about what he could have done differently and what went wrong for his team, but it sounds like he already has at least one theory as to why they lost.

In a series that featured four overtime games, Game 4 stands out as being far more one-sided than the others. Washington turned in the most dominant performance of the series in a 4-1 win that knotted the teams at two wins apiece.

That game stood out to Tortorella too and he thinks he knows why the Blue jackets laid an egg that night: Travel.

"I think we should’ve stayed in Washington after that second overtime game, the second game there," Tortorella said. "I think that comes back and gets you later on in the series. We should’ve stayed in Washington and let them get a good night sleep. They got in here so late. I don’t think it affected us in Game 3. It comes the next days, so that falls on me."

When analyzing why the Caps won the series, chances are travel is not going to be a reason many people consider. Perhaps there is some merit to this. After all, as the father of an infant, I can certainly vouch for how much of a difference one good night of sleep can make.

But perhaps there is another message being sent here by Tortorella.

Tortorella is a master at using the media to his advantage. He uses the media to send messages to his team or draw attention on himself and away from the players.

Tortorella just saw his young team give up a 2-0 series lead and lose four straight games. Those are the kind of losses that can stick with a player and create doubt in the mind of a team the next time they reach a tough spot in the postseason.

So what did Tortorella do? He came out and put the worst loss of the series on his own shoulders. Why was it his fault? Uh...travel? Yeah, let's go with travel.

The Blue Jackets are not the first team to play overtime on the road or the first team to deal with travel concerns. To hear a coach say it was a reason they lost a game and not even the next game after the travel? Well, that's a first.

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