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Fishing on the Potomac: Muddy Waters!

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Fishing on the Potomac: Muddy Waters!

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
CSNwashington.com

Last weeks storms have left the river muddy in spots. Pay attention to tides bringing in clear or stained water and adjust accordingly. Early falling tides will put fish up near banks in the morning.

Water temperatures should be into the mid 80s this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Fairly stable weather will bring pleasant temperatures into the 70s all week before a weak cold front moves through bringing a chance of showers Wednesday and Thursday. Friday into the weekend warms a bit as the chance of showers diminishes. Overnight lows this week near 60.

High falling tides are perfect for a shoreline topwater assault early in the morning. Cloud cover might also help this bite. Start with walkers like Lucky Craft Gunfish in aurora black. Keep it moving, changing speeds to get bites. Other poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash are also a good bait to try. Abandon this pattern if bites are not coming and go a bit deeper with chatter jigs and Manns Baby 1-Minus.

After the tide falls in late morning, early afternoon, its time for bottom baits. Try a variety. Texas rigged Mizmo green pumpkin tube patterns and orange or blue tails would be a good choice. Mustad 30 Ultra Point tube hooks are perfect for this. Also try Mizmo Swamp Monsters in the same colors. A good soaking in garlic Jacks Juice helps. Try outside grass edges on lower water or drops with cover. This is also a good time to go to docks where no grass is present. GAMMA fluorocarbon 12-pound test will allow baits to get down to cover and is strong enough to pull them out.

Swimming jigs like Manns Stone Jig with a HardNose craw trailer on GAMMA fluorocarbon will cover various depths.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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