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Fishing Report: Time to fish!

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Fishing Report: Time to fish!

Fishing pressure from several large tournaments, high winds, lots of rain and inconsistent tides made last week tough.

Water temperature is dropping into the low 60s and grass is still healthy but diminishing. Fish are eating. Keep on the move. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "A beautiful fall week ahead. Highs close to 70 everyday with overnight lows in the mid to upper 40s. Some sun with wind picking up on Thursday and Friday."

Tides will be high in the morning. Start with deeper running lures to reach grass. Lucky Craft 1.5 cranks go about 3 feet. Touch grass and snap. Try grass edges at any tide, but with high water work the tops of grass. Creek mouth points or main river edges near channels are a good place to start.

Run Shad patterned Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lipless cranks over grass, catching it and snapping free. Run across grass points and edges. Try floating jerkbaits on 10-12 Edge fluorocarbon and make long casts. Jerk, jerk, jerk, pause. Keep it moving. When in grass, snap upward.

As tides fall, use double willow white skirted spinnerbaits during diminished light. Burn over grass. Also try white chatterjigs with white Mann's HardNose Reel N Shad trailers.

As tides drop, crank Mann's Baby 1-Minus on 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line over grass and along grass edges. Find slightly stained water. The last two hours of falling tides are best for all presentations but lower tides are good for buzzbaits. Remove skirts and replace with Mann's HardNose Reel N Shad. Use 40-pound test GAMMA braided line and a 7-foot rod for long casts. For moving baits, go to faster Quantum EXO 7:1 casting reels.

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

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New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

New pieces on offense lead to plenty of questions for Redskins at OTAs

Alex Smith in, Kirk Cousins out.

That's certainly the headline, but there are plenty of other questions for the Redskins, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

For the last two seasons, most of the questions going into OTAs for Washington came from the defensive side of the ball. After consecutive drafts with a first-round defensive lineman selection, the defense should be much improved. 

On offense, however, there are a lot of new parts. 

  1. The headliner - No position in sports is as important as NFL quarterback. This will be Alex Smith's first action in a Redskins uniform with media present. The 34-year-old veteran is coming off the best season of his career, and if he can continue that level of accuracy and play-making, the Redskins could be poised for an explosive year.
  2. The speedster - Washington's wideouts lacked separation in 2017. It was apparent through much of the year, and likely played a roll in some of Kirk Cousins' reluctance to make tough throws. Free agent addition Paul Richardson is supposed to help, immediately. He has elite deep speed and the 'Skins brass hopes he can bring a similar element to the offense that DeSean Jackson provided a few years back. Time to prove it Paul. 
  3. The injuries - There are big reasons for concern, namely two very large men in Jordan Reed and Trent Williams. Reed will not participate in OTAs, and has been dealing with a foot/toe injury for the better part of a year. Williams, who seems highly unlikely to attend OTAs, underwent knee surgery in January. Beyond Smith, Reed and Williams are probably the two most important offensive players on the Redskins. OTAs aren't important, Reed and Williams participating, or even attending, OTAs is not important. Both men being healthy and ready to go in September is quite important. 
  4. The Rookie - Has Derrius Guice become the most popular player on the Redskins? Maybe. The dynamic rookie running back, with an interesting draft weekend slide, has the charisma and ability to be a star. The "off-field concerns" that hurt his draft status seem like myths at this point, but there was some injury concern his junior season at LSU (see video above). Guice has an opportunity to be a huge part of the Redskins offense, and all eyes will be watching the rookie. 
  5. The leap? - In 2017, Josh Doctson showed flashes of the player that warranted a first-round pick in 2016. Will 2018 be the year he proves it, week after week, game after game? Getting off to a good start with Smith should help, and even more important would be an injury-free offseason. 

There are questions for the defense too, particularly at cornerback after Josh Norman, but this year, the offense has more new parts. 

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: A trip to the Stanley Cup Final is on the line

The Eastern Conference Final is going the distance!

After losing three straight to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals won Game 6 to force a Game 7 in Tampa Bay. Can the Caps beat the Lightning one more time and advance to the Stanley Cup Final?

JJ Regan, Tarik El-Bashir and special guest cameraman Mike D break it all down.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to schedule and time constraints, this podcast was recorded by phone and the audio quality is not up to our usual standards.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.