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Fishing on the Potomac: Time to prepare

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Fishing on the Potomac: Time to prepare

Forget going out this week. Ramps are frozen. Most fishing spots are frozen, and it's still very cold.

Water is around 32 degrees, as cold as it can get! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist Kim Martucci says, “No more snow! But cold with temperatures just above freezing and into the 40s mid week. Overnight lows in the teens to around freezing. The weekend will warm into the 40s and get near 50.”

Plenty of winter fishing ahead, so get ready. Once water warms to 38, fish will bite again. Winter fish mouths are tough and bites are light. Sharpest hooks are best. Quality hooks on ball head and shaky head jigs are important. Use a sharpening stone or replace them with Mustad Ultra Point round bend trebles. Changing hooks on dulled Lucky Craft Pointer trebles is a good idea. Same with Silver Buddy lures.

Using high quality fishing lines like GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon makes a big difference. These lines allow for better strike detection and hooksets. Thin lines allow for longer casts too. This is key for Pointer suspending jerkbaits in clear water. Fluorocarbon lines also sink and help baits stay on the bottom. Try combining 10-pound GAMMA Torque braid with 6-pound test Edge, a good combo for most techniques, unless it is very cold, as the wet braid will freeze. Line conditioners like Blakemore’s Real Magic help with line management.

New Hanz Tap Knit waterproof gloves keep hands warm and allow for casting. These new gloves will also operate touchscreen phones! 

Get a good fishing map from GMCO maps and mark winter areas, deep water close to shallow water in out of the current areas, so you will be ready for the coming thaw!  

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

 

 

 

 

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New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.

That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved. 

On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts. 

  1. The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
  2. The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul. 
  3. The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important. 
  4. The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie. 
  5. The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason. 

There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts. 

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line

The Eastern Conference Final is going the distance!

After losing three straight to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals won Game 6 to force a Game 7 in Tampa Bay. Can the Caps beat the Lightning one more time and advance to the Stanley Cup Final?

JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and special guest cameraman Mike D break it all down.

 

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