The Potomac is clearing up nicely, but water levels remain higher. A good time to go full contact!
Early morning low tides are perfect for topwaters. Water is around 75 degrees. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Cool and stormy on Monday, with overnight lows in the low 70s and highs in the mid to upper 80s the rest of the week. Chance of storms in the afternoon on Wednesday and Friday.”
Hollow frogs, buzzbaits and Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers worked over grass, wood and docks should produce in low light. Under cloudy skies, also use 1/4-ounce Mann's Classic Spinnerbaits around shallow cover. As the tides rise, use the spinnerbaits when there is chop or cloud cover. Try the larger, 3/8-ounce size to reach grass. Gold blades with white skirts are best. For frogs and buzzbaits, use 60 pound test GAMMA Torque braid. Use 12-pound Copoly for the popper.
After tides rise and sun is up, go to a chattering jig or a swim jig. Craw skirts on both. For bladed jigs, use a Sharpie to paint the blades black. Lift and drop or slowly swim to get the mood of the fish. With high sun, go to the bottom with stickworms on 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Mega Bite hooks, weightless. Mizmo tubes on the same hook with a 3/16-ounce weight. Pitch to grass edges or clumps and target docks. GAMMA 14-pound test Edge fluorocarbon line allows baits to sink faster and can horse fish out of grass. Shaky head green pumpkin worms on 1/8 ounce Mizmo BarbWire heads with 8-10 pound Edge or Edge with 15-pound test GAMMA Torque Braid.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com
*Hayes is considered the best center prospect in this year's class. He is athletic, plays with energy and measured in at the combine at about 7-feet in shoes with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. He can run the floor and play above the rim.
*The skill that stands out most for Hayes is rim protection. He averaged 2.2 blocks in only 23.3 minutes per game. That extrapulates to 5.7 blocks over 100 possessions. He has long arms and appears to have good instincts tracking the ball in the lane. He is following in the footsteps of fellow Texas shot-blockers before him like Myles Turner and Jarrett Allen. The latter may be the best player comparison for Hayes in today's NBA.
*Hayes is not considered a very good rebounder. He averaged 5.0 per game and only once reached double figures. It could be that he just needs to add some weight, an issue that is correctable but would hurt him even more at the NBA level initially. The worst-case concern is that he is soft and won't do the necessary dirty work.
*At this point, Hayes offers nothing in the way of an outside shot. He didn't attempt a single three-pointer in college and didn't do much on offense outside of dunks and putbacks. In order to justify being taken with a high draft pick, he will either need to develop a post game, an outside shot or be extremely good on defense. His lack of an all-round game will certainly give some teams pause in evaluating him.
*Hayes comes from a family of impressive athletes. His father played 12 seasons in the NFL and recently served as the tight ends coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. His mother played basketball at Drake University and later coached in college, including a stint as an assistant at Oklahoma. Hayes followed his father's footsteps by playing wide receiver in high school before a growth spurt made it clear basketball was the path to go.
Fit with Wizards: Hayes is one of the best fits for the Wizards among the players who could be available with the ninth pick. He does what they arguably lack the most, which is play defense and more specifically protect the rim.
The Wizards allowed the most field goals within five feet of any team this past season and the third-highest field goal percentage in that range. They desperately need someone who can block and alter shots.
Hayes would likely be the Wizards' best shot-blocker Day 1. But whether he can help them in other ways is a question at this point.
Hayes would represent a bit of a project for the Wizards and may not have All-Star potential because of his offensive limitations. Still, he remains one of their best options in the first round. Long-term, he could transform their defense and form a strong pick-and-roll partner for John Wall.