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Fishing on the Potomac: Turkey Week Fishing!

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Fishing on the Potomac: Turkey Week Fishing!

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By Steve Chaconas, Fishing on the Potomac

Another week similar to last without the favorable late afternoon low tides. Low incoming water will present early morning shallow cover and grass remnant targets, but presentations need to be very slow. Water clarity hasn't returned to the river, but is much better in incoming tides.

Water will be cooler 45 in the morning, warming a few degrees in the afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says,

“Nice weather for Thanksgiving week! Highs in the mid 50s and overnight lows in the upper 30s with light winds makes for a pleasant week with very little chance for precipitation. A few clouds might appear through the week.” 

The ideal moving bait will be a 1/4-ounce Mann's Classic spinnerbait. Slowly retrieve this bait close to low water cover. After the tide comes in for a few hours, try working Silver Buddy ½-ounce silver lures. Short burps of this lure on 12 pound test GAMMA Copoly will catch a variety of species largemouth, crappie, white and yellow perch and what ever swims! Start at 3-4 feet and work down drops.

Locating fish on drops allows other bait options. Punisher Hair jigs with a Punisher rattle on 6-pound test GAMMA Copoly on spinning gear with a good drag, like Quantum's EXO, will work. Also give Mizmo tubes with an insert head and Mann's Stingray grubs...both with 1/4 ounce lead heads...a try on the drops. If water is clearer, try drop shots too! Give soft plastics and hair jigs a soaking in Jack's Juice garlic.

There's a good shot of dragging lipless cranks like Lucky Craft LV-500 on 14-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line with a good cranking rod with backbone like the Quantum KVD series. Choose flats next to drops.

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Trent Williams will not report to Richmond to open training camp, per report

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Trent Williams will not report to Richmond to open training camp, per report

Trent Williams will not report to training camp this week when the Redskins head to Richmond to officially begin their 2019 season, according to NFL Network.

The news comes as no surprise, as Williams missed all of the Redskins voluntary offseason workouts and skipped the team's mandatory minicamp in June. Reports streamed out that Williams was upset about his contract and looking for a new deal -- not to mention reports that he was angry with the team's medical staff after a missed diagnosis with a growth on his scalp. 

Williams has made no official statements, and the Redskins organization offered very little in terms of a timeline for his return. Washington team president Bruce Allen said he knows "the truth" about Williams' situation, and head coach Jay Gruden said he hoped things would be resolved before Week 1 in Philadelphia. 

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams is arguably the best left tackle in the NFL. He's an immensely talented offensive lineman with two years remaining on his deal. Beyond the medical situation, Williams could be upset that in 2020, the final year of his deal, there is hardly any guaranteed cash. The team could release Williams with less than $2 million in salary cap penalty and save nearly $13 million against the cap. 

Without Williams, the Redskins could be in real trouble. Second-year pro Geron Christian did not seem capable of playing at a starting tackle level last fall, and that was before a knee injury landed him on IR. Morgan Moses should be locked in as the right tackle, but opposite him in Williams' spot will be dicey. 

Multiple sources with the Redskins and around the NFL suggested more cash could change Williams' mind before Week 1, and for now, it looks like the 31-year-old will be waiting for that increased payday. If Williams missed actual games, he would begin to lose money from this year's $14 million salary.

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Wizards new GM Tommy Sheppard called Dwight Howard trade 'quickest trade I've ever done'

Wizards new GM Tommy Sheppard called Dwight Howard trade 'quickest trade I've ever done'

In early July, the Wizards dealt Dwight Howard to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles. According to an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, new Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard didn't need much time to move on.

The Howard deal was "the quickest trade I've ever done in my life," Sheppard told Wojnarowski.

It was also a proving ground for Sheppard to show owner Ted Leonsis he could lead a new regime for the Wizards.

"I like [Sheppard's] dexterity to be able to deal with the existing NBA, but to also really look at it as a global enterprise," Leonsis noted.

Howard was signed to the Wizards in 2018 to a two-year, $11 million free-agent deal, and immediately made a lasting impact, including jokes about how he learned to be a Wizard after a circuitous NBA career.

Trading him away was a signal that Sheppard was trying to reset of the Wizards culture.

But since then, Tommy Sheppard has had his interim tag removed to mark him as the new GM of the organization. 

Sheppard's moves before he was named GM included not only the Howard deal, but also leading the Wizards' draft night where they selected Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, as well as signing Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal.

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