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Fishing Report: Memorial Day Weekend 2015

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Fishing Report: Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Post Spawn

A few spawning fish, but most in post spawn! Look for deeper spots or cover away from shore.

Water temperature was 80, dropped to 65 last week, back to 80 again! NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like a summer forecast. The week will start in the mid 80s before reaching 90 by midweek. Late day showers and thunderstorms toward the end of the week.

Drop shot is the best way to target sluggish post spawn fish. Not only does it stay in the strike zone, but it can work every depth. Try a lighter weigh, 1/8 ounce BullShot, but move to 3/16 in wind or current. Keep leaders around 8 inches. Mizmo green pumpkin Doodle worms on a Mustad 2/0 Mega Bite hook.

Buzzbaits over grass or close to wood cover will produce hard strikes, any time of day. Tie to 20-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Also try crankbaits like the Lucky Craft 1.5 with rattles on 12-pound test. In areas with stained water or with a chop from the wind, try a Mann's Classic spinnerbait with gold Indiana, Colorado blades and white skirt. 1/4 ounce at lower tides, moving up to 3/8 with rising tides. Tie to 12-14 pound test Edge. Keep in contact with the grass or wood cover.

Fish will also fall for wacky rigged stickworms like Mizmo green pumpkin Quiver Stix. Use the wacky rig tool to place a rubber O-Ring in the center of the worm. Wrap some thin lead solder around the shaft of a 2/0 red Mustad Octopus hook for a faster drop. Tie to 12-pound Edge. Try bubblegum trick worms on a 3/0 hook for fry guarders.

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

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Trotz's future in Washington remains unsettled on eve Stanley Cup Final

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Trotz's future in Washington remains unsettled on eve Stanley Cup Final

Caps Coach Barry Trotz doesn’t have a contract beyond the Stanley Cup Final, and any potential talks about an extension will wait until the trophy is awarded, GM Brian MacLellan said Friday.

“No,” MacLellan said, asked if a decision on Trotz’s future had been made. “We’re going to address everything after the playoffs are over.”

Trotz’s four-year contract expires at season’s end.

It’s rare for a head coach to enter a season while in the final year of his deal. But that’s how the Caps decided to handle Trotz’s situation last offseason after another strong regular season performance ended with yet another second round playoff exit at the hands of the Penguins.

It was a suboptimal situation for Trotz, a 55-year-old who ranks fifth all-time in regular season victories but, until this year, had never led any team beyond the conference semifinals.

Despite his lame duck status, all Trotz did was produce his best coaching performance to date. 

Consider:

  • While visiting his son in Russia last summer, Trotz visited Alex Ovechkin in Moscow to discuss the changes he’d like to see the Caps’ captain make to his training and his game.
  • When the Caps reconvened for training camp in September, it was clear there were still some hurt feelings in the locker room. So Trotz and his assistants backed off, allowing some necessary healing to occur.
  • When the team suffered back-to-back blowout losses in Nashville and Colorado back in November, Trotz initiated a tell-it-like-it-is team meeting that many players have pointed to as the turning point of the regular season, which ended with the team’s third straight Metropolitan title.
  • Trotz also got his highly-skilled lineup to buy into a more structured, detailed style of play late in the campaign, a transformation that prompted MacLellan to call this playoff run the most defensively responsible of Trotz’s tenure.
  • In each of the two previous conference semifinals, Washington was defeated by Pittsburgh and, as a result, the Penguins had become a physical and a mental hurdle for the Caps. Earlier this month, Trotz helped direct Ovechkin and Co. past the two-time Cup champions.

Although MacLellan wouldn’t say much about Trotz’s contract, he did say that he’s noticed a big change in Trotz’s day-to-day approach to his job, a change possibly prompted by the coach’s free agent status.

“I think his demeanor has changed a little bit,” MacLellan said. “He seems a little lighter, a little looser, a little less pressure. Maybe a little more freedom about how he goes about things. He’s more relaxed, I guess would be the way to describe him.”

MacLellan also acknowledged the job Trotz’s has done this season, beginning with his delicate handling of the dressing room to start the year.

“I think he’s done a good job managing it,” MacLellan said. “To come in this year with so many questions—from my point of view, the lineup questions weren’t that big of a deal—but just the emotional state of our coming into to start the year [and] how to handle that. I think he’s done an outstanding job.”

Indeed, Trotz’s situation remains unclear on the eve of the Final. But we do know this much: He’s having one of the best contract years in NHL coaching history.

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Small Virginia town changes name to Capitalsville ahead of Stanley Cup Final

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Small Virginia town changes name to Capitalsville ahead of Stanley Cup Final

Welcome to Capitalsville, Va., population: #ALLCAPS

Hoping to become the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup headquarters, the small Northern Virginia town of Lovettsville has renamed itself to Capitalsville, Va.

Caps superfan and Mayor of Lovettsville, Bob Zoldos, had a lightbulb moment while watching Game 7 in a local bar and restaurant, Velocity Wings. Overcome with emotion from the win, he decided to take his idea to the town council meeting Thursday and Capitalsville was born after a unanimous vote to "unleash the fury."

This is not the first time name changes have occurred ahead of a big game. Ahead of the Caps' first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Blue Jacket Brewery located in downtown D.C. changed its Twitter handle to "Grujacket Brewery" in support of goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

The name change from Lovettsville to Capitalsville is temporary, with the plan to keep the new name through the end of the Stanley Cup Final. However, Zoldos hopes the sign brings in other Caps superfans from across the DMV to take in a piece of history 20 years in the making. 

Here's to hoping Capitalsville brings the city some luck heading into Game 1 on Memorial Day.

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