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Fishing Report: Muddy water, tough fishing

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Fishing Report: Muddy water, tough fishing

Cold muddy water is very tough to fish. Finding clearer and warmer water is important this week.

Water is still very cold, 38 degrees, but will warm over the next few weeks. Mid March should provide much better fishing. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “What a week ahead. Mid 60s to start the week, but 30s and snow by Friday. Overnight lows in the 30s.”

Seeking warm water, locate Blue Plains, Four Mile Run, and Quantico Creek have warm water discharges and are in the upper 40s and into the low 50s. The closer to the discharge, the clearer and warmer the water.

In these areas, Lucky Craft Pointer 78 suspending jerkbaits will get somewhat active bass to bite. Longer pauses are needed. Light 6-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line on spinning reels enable longer casts and help keep baits down and suspending. Also try swim baits like Mann's NEW HardNose Reel N Shads. Try the smallest, 3.75" white on 6-pound test Edge. Again, long casts and slow retrieve. Cranking rods for both to allow fish to inhale baits.

For the rest of the river, it will be tough, look for deeper drops close to the bank in out of the current areas, like the Spoils, National Harbor, and Belle Haven Cove. Silver Buddy blade baits on 8-pound test Edge should be burped down the drops. Do not overwork! Gentle burps and pauses until fish are found. Follow up with Mizmo Tubes on 1/4-ounce insert heads and 3-inch Mann's Stingray grabs on 1/4-ounce ball head jigs. Soak all plastics in garlic flavor Jack's Juice Bait Spray. Use 6-pound test Edge and work baits very slowly with frequent pauses.

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

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5 reasons the Capitals beat the Rangers in overtime

5 reasons the Capitals beat the Rangers in overtime

The Caps gave up a 2-1 and 3-2 lead, but ultimately came away victorious on Wednesday in a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers thanks to an overtime goal from Matt Niskanen.

Here are five reasons why the Caps won.

1. Djoos saves a goal

With the Caps already trailing 1-0 in the first period, they were about an inch away from going down by two. Luckily, Christian Djoos was there to make the save.

Yes, Djoos, not Braden Holtby.

A diving Jesper Fast got to a loose puck before any of the Caps defenders and beat Holtby with the shot. Djoos, however, was there to sweep the puck off the goal line and out, saving a goal.

That play turned out to be a two-goal swing as less than two minutes later, the Caps scored to tie the game at 1.

2. Carlson off the faceoff

The Caps emphasized the importance of the faceoff this week and worked on it specifically in practice on Tuesday. That practice turned out to be very prescient as Washington’s first goal of the night came right off the faceoff.

Nicklas Backstrom beat Ryan Spooner on the draw cleanly in the offensive zone, feeding the puck back to John Carlson. With the players all bunched up off the draw, Carlson benefitted from Brady Skjei standing right in front of Henrik Lundqvist. Carlson teed up the slap shot and beat Lundqvist who never saw the puck.

Of the five combined goals scored in the game, three were directly set up off a faceoff.

3. Hand-eye coordination

With the Caps on the power play, Fast tipped a pass meant for Carlson that looked like it was headed out of the offensive zone. Carlson reacted to the puck then stretched the stick and somehow managed to control the bouncing puck and keep it in the zone.

Fast charged Carlson at the blue line so he chipped the puck to Ovechkin in the office. Ovechkin managed to hit the puck just as it hit the ice and somehow beat Lundqvist with the shot.

Ovechkin was by the boards at the very edge of the circle. It was an amazing shot and it was set up by the great hustle play from Carlson. Both showed tremendous hand-eye coordination to control that puck.

4. Braden Holtby

Lundqvist entered this game with a 1.99 GAA and .939 save percentage, but he was outplayed by his counterpart from Washington.

Holtby had himself a night. He was particularly strong down low with the pads as he made a number of key pad saves throughout the game, particularly in the second period when he recorded 17 saves including a shorthanded breakaway save on Kevin Hayes as time expired.

Of the three goals Holtby allowed, the first he made a great save on Chris Kreider who looked like he had an empty net to shoot at. Mike Zibanejad would score on the rebound. The second goal came as a shot deflected off Devante Smith-Pelly and went right to Jimmy Vesey for an easy tap-in. The third was a deflection goal from Kreider to redirect a shot that was going wide.

Can’t blame Holtby for those.

5. Working from the office

The Caps had three power play opportunities on the night. They scored on two of them and those two goals looked pretty darn similar.

There was the one described above in which a hustle play by Carlson at the point kept the puck alive and he fed to Ovechkin in the office. The second goal came with Carlson on the point feeding Ovechkin in the office.

Those two goals give Ovechkin 232 power play goals for his career, tying him with Dino Ciccarelli for ninth on the NHL’s all-time list.

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Wayne Rooney converts ridiculous free-kick marking 10th MLS goal

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Wayne Rooney converts ridiculous free-kick marking 10th MLS goal

When England's all-time goalscorer signed on with D.C. United in June, the soccer community in the nation's capital was ignited. 

Shortly after the excitement came the questions. How much does he have left in the tank? Can he actually carry a struggling D.C. United squad? Is he up for the task? 

Wayne Rooney has responded. 

Through 18 MLS matches, the 32-year-old now has 10 goals. 

In the first half of Wednesday night's game against Toronto FC, Rooney broke a scoreless tie with this free-kick strike. 

DC United currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, on 44 points.

 

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