Fishing report: Muddy waters!


Fishing report: Muddy waters!

A nasty week of weather for the FLW Tour guys! They used a variety of baits to ply limits of bass from the Potomac!

Expect water to be in the low 80s and a bit muddy. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “After a nice Monday, with highs in the mid 80s under sunny skies, a chance of thunderstorms sticks around all week. Highs in the mid 80s and overnight lows around 70.”

Many of the same lures used by pros last week will work this week. In the clearest water, walking topwaters like Lucky Craft Gunfish can get aggressive fish. Work slowly and don't stop when fish bite. Another lure is a Buzzbait. Remove the skirt and use a black Mann's HardNose Frankentoad. Braid is best for this. Use over grass and through pads. Have weightless stickworms with 3/0 Mustad Mega Bite hooks ready to throw to missed bites! Throw on GAMMA Torque braid with 16-pound Edge leader.

Spinnerbaits continue to shine. Mann's Classic with gold blades and a white skirt on 14-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Use 1/4-ounce size in shallow water and a 3/8 when tides are in. Reel to grass and keep them in grass. Work lure just below the surface until it just goes out of sight.

Chatter jigs are also effective. Use craw pattern 1/4-ounce lures with black blades. Use a Sharpie to change the shine for dull! Use 14-16 pound Edge line. Contact and rip from grass. Longer rods and faster reels like Quantum EXO casting reels and longer rods will help with the tricky hookset.

Look for the clearest water and stick it out!

Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River.

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Devante Smith-Pelly named a starter in return to Chicago after ugly racial taunts

Devante Smith-Pelly named a starter in return to Chicago after ugly racial taunts

The top line for the Capitals on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks is Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie, but the starting lineup is Ovechkin, Backstrom and Devante Smith-Pelly. Why the change?

It all has to do with the last time the Caps visited Chicago nearly a year ago.

On Feb. 17, 2018, Washington went into the United Center and were obliterated by the Blackhawks 7-1. But that wasn’t the ugliest thing to happen that night.

While sitting in the penalty box, Devante Smith-Pelly faced racial taunts from some Chicago fans who began chanting “basketball, basketball” at him.

In the wake of the incident, Smith-Pelly handled himself about as gracefully as one could. So, in the team’s return to Chicago Sunday, head coach Todd Reirden felt he should be on the ice for the national anthem.

The starters traditionally stand on the ice for the anthem while the rest of the players stand at the bench.

Smith-Pelly has remained active against racism in the sport. He and teammate John Carlson invited a youth hockey team whose lone African-American player had faced racial taunts during a game to the Caps’ game on Monday.

Sunday’s move by Reirden is a classy tribute to Smith-Pelly who handled an ugly situation about as well as one could. 


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The Wizards refuse to tank, so be skeptical of those Bradley Beal trade rumors

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The Wizards refuse to tank, so be skeptical of those Bradley Beal trade rumors

Apparently Wizards owner Ted Leonsis could have been even more clear when he delivered the edict last week that his team will "never, ever tank."

Despite publicly stating the Wizards would not go through a rebuild, the trade rumors surrounding All-Star guard Bradley Beal have persisted. Bleacher Report created some buzz on Saturday with an extensive look at Beal's trade value and there will likely be many more stories written in the next several weeks leading up to the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 7.

What Leonsis said, however, should change how any rumors are viewed. He expressed firmly what team officials have been indicating for weeks, that if they are active at the trade deadline, it won't be with deals involving their main guys.

That means Beal is highly unlikely to be dealt. Otto Porter Jr. can be considered similarly and John Wall should go without saying given his current injury status and hefty trade kicker.

All of that doesn't mean the Wizards won't get calls. There are reasons why people are connecting the dots on Beal and Porter. The Wizards have underperformed this season and they are good, veteran players. That is generally the most basic formula for trade speculation.

Leonsis, though, made it clear that he doesn't want to go through a rebuild anytime soon and trading Beal would signify a reset. If the Wizards want to make the playoffs this season, as Leonsis said, they have a much better shot with Beal in the mix than without him.

So, for the Wizards to trade Beal, that would require a serious change of face and in a short period of time. Or, it would require someone in the organization with a differing opinion to overrule the owner. Neither scenario sounds realistic.

If the goal is to build on what they have rather than tear it down and start over, you could argue they would be crazy to trade Beal. He is 25, an All-Star who is still improving and he's under contract two more years. The roughly $56 million he's owed through 2020-21 is a relative bargain in this era of supermax contracts.

The Wizards can't 100 percent rule out a trade of any player, of course. No front office really can, with rare exceptions like MVPs or all-time greats in their prime. Generally, everyone has a price.

Nothing can be taken as a guarantee in these situations. But Leonsis' comments have made it about as clear as possible that Beal isn't going anywhere. Just keep that in mind when the rumors inevitably crop up in the next few weeks.