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Fishing Report: Feeding time

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Fishing Report: Feeding time

Bring out summertime baits and move around grassbeds. Locate hard cover.

Water was warm last week, in the mid 80s, and will stay there this week.

NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “It’s going to be hot and feel hotter! Highs all week around 90 with a chance of thunderstorms every day!  Welcome to summer! Overnight lows 65-70.”

Think big! Jigs are a great bait to have tied on all day!  Swim jigs, chatter jigs, and pitching jigs are all effective. For swim and pitching jigs, I like Mann’s Stone jig. Both on 16-20 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. For the chatter jig, 14-16 will work. A more compact lure package works best. Short craws with claws extending about an inch past the trimmed skirt works for all three! Present around grass. For other bottom presentations, Mizmo tubes on 3/0 MUSTAD Ultra Point tube hooks should be pitched to grass clumps and worked slowly. You can also swim this presentation through grass and kill it at holes and edges.

Over grass, Mann’s Classic spinnerbaits with gold blades and white skirts will produce. Use ¼ ounce at low tide and 3/8 at higher tides. In very clear water, go to chartreuse and white skirts with willow blades. Tie to 14-16 pound Edge. Mann’s Baby 1-Minus is effective over grass and around wood. At higher tides, the Lucky Craft BDS 4 on a medium heavy cranking rod and 14 pound test Edge will work. Go with shad patterns.

Topwaters early and at low tide will work. Poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash and walkers like a Gunfish are good when the water is clear and light is low.

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

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

DALLAS—The Caps are “really close” to signing star defenseman John Carlson to a long-term extension, GM Brian MacLellan said Friday night.

“We’re getting closer,” MacLellan said following the first round of the NHL Draft. “Hopefully we can get it done here over the next few days. We’re really close.”

Earlier in the day, the Caps cleared significant space under the salary cap ceiling by trading Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round draft pick (47th overall). 

That space will now be used to lock up Carlson, who could become the best defenseman on the open market if he were to reach it.

MacLellan met with Carlson’s agent, Rick Curran, here on Thursday night.

MacLellan did not divulge any figures, but it’s expected that Carlson’s new contract could come in at eight years and $8 million per—or perhaps a bit more. 

He earned $4 million last season.

Carlson had a career year in 2017-18 and was critical during the Caps' run to the Stanley Cup. He led all defensemen in the regular season with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists). The 28-year-old also skated a career-high 24:47 per game.

MacLellan has long said that re-signing Carlson was the Caps’ top priority this offseason. And now it looks like that could happen within days, assuming the talks do not hit any snags.

“We’re going to do our best to sign John,” MacLellan said. “We’ve said it all along. We waited until the end of the year. We’ve had discussions. We’re close and hopefully we can close the deal here over the next 24 hours.”

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Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

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Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

The last time the Washington Capitals had a first-round draft pick, they selected a WHL defenseman. They did not go off script on Friday.

With the last pick of the first round, selecting for the first time as defending Stanley Cup champions, the Capitals selected Alexander Alexeyev, a left-shooting, two-way defenseman from St. Petersburg.

Alexeyev, 18, certainly boasts NHL size at 6' 4", 196 pounds. He currently plays for Red Deer in the WHL, a junior league that has become a major pipeline for the Capitals. In his second season with Red Deer, he tallied 37 points in 45 games.

The NHL Central Scouting's rankings list Alexeyev as the 22nd best North American skater of the draft. TSN projects him to be a top-four, two-way defenseman.

Analyst Craig Button described Alexeyev as a "Smart, effective defenceman who moves the puck, plays with a calm and doesn't make things complicated for himself."

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