Fishing Report: Sandy Strikes!


Fishing Report: Sandy Strikes!

Last week was awesome fishing with just about every technique producing. This week is going to be a bust on the Potomac River or at least unsafe!

Expect the river to be rough, muddy and much cooler than the 65-degree water of last week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “This week the "Perfect Storm" will roll through, bringing a lot of rain and high winds along with a cold front.  Daytime highs will be in the

mid 50s, overnight lows in the low 40s. The end of the week

will become clear and a bit warmer into the low 60s for the weekend.”

When conditions limit access to main river or even clear water, launch from protected marinas and fish in safe harbors. Otherwise, wait until the winds diminish. That will likely be Thursday. Wind and rain will create high water conditions for a week along with muddy water. Fish will position tight to shoreline cover and the best bait will be jigs and possibly a spinnerbait.

Looking for the clearest water pitching, black/blue 1/2 ounce Mann's

Stone jigs with a bulky trailer like HardNose FrankenToads. Soaking with Jack's Juice garlic spray will help fish find baits. Loud Punisher rattles attached to the jig shaken in cover helps. GAMMA 16-pound test Edge fluorocarbon spooled on a fast Quantum EXO reel and 7-foot Quantum rod will provide power and speed. Pick the best-looking spots and shake jigs in cover.

Another reliable muddy water lure are Gold Bladed 3/4-ounce Mann's Classic spinnerbaits with Colorado and Indiana blades creating fish attracting vibration. Slowly retrieve white-skirted baits dropping over and around shallow cover. Again GAMMA 16-pound Edge fluorocarbon line on the longest rod you can get away with. Shorter rods provide accuracy, not enough leverage.


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Caps announce preseason schedule to kick off a busy week


Caps announce preseason schedule to kick off a busy week

The Stanley Cup champion Caps will open their seven-game exhibition schedule on Sept. 16 season against the Bruins at TD Garden, the team announced.  

Washington will face Boston, Carolina and St. Louis twice apiece—once on the road, once at home—and the 

Canadiens one time. The game against the Habs will be played at Videotron Arena in Quebec City.

NBC Sports Washington’s preseason broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the preseason entire slate:

Date                    Opponent           Location                      Time
Sun., Sept. 16      at Boston          TD Garden                  1 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 18    vs. Boston         Capital One Arena     7 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 20  at Montreal      Quebec City, Que.      7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 21        at Carolina        PNC Arena                  7:30 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 25    at St. Louis        Enterprise Center      7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 28        vs. Carolina       Capital One Arena    7 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 30      vs. St. Louis      Capital One Arena     3 p.m.

Monday's announcement kicked off a busy week for the Caps.

On Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin will pick up his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Nicklas Backstrom will also be on hand for media interviews; key members of the Cup-winning team are typically in attendance.

On Friday and Saturday in Dallas, Washington will make selections in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th rounds of the 2018 Entry Draft at American Airlines Center. (Their fifth-round pick was dealt to Minnesota in the Tyler Graovac deal.)

Next Monday, many of the organization’s prospects, including this year’s picks, will report to Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the start of development camp. The schedule and roster will be announced this week.


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Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams drop slightly but still near top in MLB All-Star Game votes


Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams drop slightly but still near top in MLB All-Star Game votes

The MLB All-Star Game is at Nationals Park and is now less than a month away, so let's check in on how D.C.'s top players and fan favorites are doing in the voting. 

After the first National League All-Star Game ballot update last week, Bryce Harper, Trea Turner and Matt Adams were the three Nationals among the top players receiving votes. And while that's still the case, they've all dropped one position since last week. Perhaps because of the Nats' recent slump?

Opening as the No. 1 outfielder, Harper is now No. 2 in the voting with 1,002,696 tallies, behind Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis with 1,173,653 votes. They are, however, the only two outfielders with more than a million votes and 2-of-5 overall in the voting. 

Adams — who was 14th among outfielders last week — slid one spot to No. 15 with 237,165 votes.

Last week, Turner was the No. 4 shortstop on the ballot, but he has since dropped to No. 4 with 279,071 votes. He's behind San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, Braves' Dansby Swanson, Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell and Colorado Rockies' Trevor Story — who was the one to jump Turner this time around. 

If you're a Nats fan who doesn't like these results, don't worry. You can keep voting until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and you can vote up to five times every 24 hours. Read more about how to vote for your favorite players in the MLB All-Star Game HERE

The 2018 NL-AL matchup is in Washington, D.C. on July 17.