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High temperatures and high tides on Potomac

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High temperatures and high tides on Potomac

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
CSNwashington.com

No Cooling!

Water temperatures will reach the mid to upper 80s this week after a scorching forecast! Tides will be high in the early morning giving anglers a choice to start the day! The afternoon bite could be a good frog bite especially in matted grass areas!

There will be no cooling off period this week for fish or fishermen. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Welcome to July! Highs in the mid 90s all week with a chance of scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Overnight lows in the mid 70s. Look for a hot weekend before a possible moderate cooling next week.

Early morning opens the tackle box with high water. A mix of chatterbaits and Mann's Baby 1-Minus will cover water at the higher tides. Try blackblue chatterbaits with a Manns HardNose soft jerkbait trailer. Try a few other dark colors in the same areas. As for the Baby 1-Minus, go with the firetiger patterns. I paint the bellies orange! Mustad Ultra Point short shank triple grip trebles are a great way to fish these. Both baits get 14-16 pound test GAMMA Fluorocarbon line.

If you want to try topwaters, get up on the bank at high tide under early morning low light with Lucky Craft G-Splash and Lucky Craft walking Gunfish. For the poppers, try baitfish patterns. Aurora black is a great Gunfish color.

After tides fall in the heat of the day, move to outer grass edges or drop offs. For grass, try hollow frogs like Manns Super Frog. White if its sunny and with clouds, try black. Also look for matted clumps near deeper grass edges to punch with 1-ounce Round Valley Tungsten weights. Tie Manns HardNose Craws in green pumpkin with red flake to heavy-duty braid or 20 pound test GAMMA Fluorocarbon line.

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The Caps hung out with a bunch dogs and puppies, and it was a great day

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The Caps hung out with a bunch dogs and puppies, and it was a great day

The Capitals had just about the best kind of afternoon anyone could have: They hung out with a bunch of dogs and took some pictures together. 

The team had its annual Caps Canine Calendar shoot Monday, and, of course, the photos from it capture some of the most adorable images of the players and their four-legged friends. While we'll have to wait for the actual calendar to come out to see everyone's perfect poses and smiles, here are a bunch of behind-the-scenes photos of the Caps and their pups. 

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What does Andre Burakovsky's injury mean for the Caps?

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What does Andre Burakovsky's injury mean for the Caps?

While the Caps got some good news on Alex Ovechkin, the outlook wasn’t as positive for Andre Burakovsky on Monday.

Burakovsky, who suffered an upper-body injury late in Saturday’s game, could be sidelined, according to Coach Barry Trotz.

“I think he’s going to miss a little bit of time,” Trotz said after Monday’s practice, adding that he'll know more on Tuesday.

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Without Burakovsky, the Caps’ forward lines were as follows:

Tom Wilson – Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Alex Chiasson
Brett Connolly – Lars Eller – Jakub Vrana
Nathan Walker – Jay Beagle – Devante Smith-Pelly

The changes include Chiasson moving to the second line, Vrana dropping to the third and Walker drawing back into the lineup.

As for Burakovsly, the nature of his injury remains unclear. The 22-year-old winger, however, appeared to hurt his left hand in the closing minutes of the Caps’ 4-1 loss to the Panthers. After drawing a hooking infraction, he removed his glove and began flexing his hand.

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If Burakovsky is unable to suit up—the Caps make stops in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary later this week—Washington would likely recall Chandler Stephenson from Hershey, Trotz said.

The Caps have 12 forwards, but the team would not want to be on a five-day trip to Western Canada without an extra forward. (Tyler Graovac is week-to-week with an upper-body injury and Trotz said he will not travel with the team).

Stephenson was one of the last cuts at Caps training camp and has a Hershey-best five goals in six games after recording a hat trick over the weekend.