Andre Ethier is on the trading block

Andre Ethier is on the trading block

UPDATE: Rosenthal says the Dodgers have “zero intention” of trading Ethier, but will listen. He says two teams have inquired. October: The Dodgers are interested in trading Andre Ethier! November: No, the Dodgers are not interested in trading Andre Ethier. December: The Dodgers are interested in trading Andre Ethier: Source: Dodgers shopping Andre Ethier. If they deal…

Fishing Report: May showers, good fishing on the Potomac River

Steve Chaconas

Fishing Report: May showers, good fishing on the Potomac River

Big fish are being caught and if the weather holds up, this could be one of the best weeks of the year. 

Water temperature is in the upper 60s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like a cloudy and rainy week, with highs on Monday around 80, slipping into the mid 60s on Tuesday and bouncing between 65-70 into the weekend.”

While aggressive baits like Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lipless crankbaits are good to snap free from grass and slow rolling spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits will also produce, it's soft plastics in the grass that will land the big ones consistently. Texas rigged Mizmo tubes, green pumpkin with orange will be the best bet. Use 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line and a 3/16-ounce weight with a 3/0 Mustad tube hook. Pitch to grass and shake. Locate groups of milfoil clumps of 3 or more and pitch into the center. Also pitch along side of the clumps with the current. Add a spray of attractants like Jack's Juice garlic. 

Drop shot rigs with 6-8 inch leaders using a 20-pound Torque braid mainline and a 12-pound Edge leader. A 2/0 Mustad Megabite hook and a finesse worm will entice bedding bass into biting. Also a shaky head stickworm with a Mizmo BarbWire jig head will keep baits in beds to provide hits. 

On wood, I still use the plastics, but add in a dose of Mann's Baby 1-Minus crankbaits on 12-14 pound Edge. Crank these baits along lay downs and make contact. Pause and retrieve. 

With boat traffic, lower Power Pole shallow water anchors and turn off electronics. Make repeated casts in an area before moving. 

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

Coaches, commits react on Twitter to 5-star's Maryland pledge


Coaches, commits react on Twitter to 5-star's Maryland pledge

Thanks to a commitment from five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh of IMG Academy (Fla.), DJ Durkin has made one of the biggest recruiting splashes in recent program history and he has only been on the job for four months. 

In the immediate wake of the commitment, Maryland commits and coaches (in the fashion still permissable by the NCAA) made their feelings known on Twitter.

Defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim

Defensive line coach Mike London

Offensive coordinator Walt Bell

Strength coach Rick Court

Four-star DL commit Cam Spence

Four-star QB commit Kasim Hill

5 stats explaining the Capitals' Game 2 loss to the Penguins


5 stats explaining the Capitals' Game 2 loss to the Penguins

BY RICH GOLDBERG (@goldystats)

Here are five stats that tell the story of the Capitals' Game 2 loss to the Penguins: 

Just shoot me: The Capitals had 5 shots in the first period and 5 shots in 2nd period. This was the Capitals third playoff game since the 1991-92 season that Washington had 5 shots or fewer in each of the first two periods, the last in 2012 against Boston.

It’s not Fehr: Eric Fehr had 0 game-winning goals in 37 playoff appearances with the Capitals. Fehr already has 2 playoff game winners for the Penguins in seven games, including Game 2 against his former team.

2 little: The Capitals had 2 losses in 49 regular season games (45-2-2) when allowing 2 goals or fewer. That hasn’t cut it in the playoffs. Washington lost its 3rd postseason matchup when allowing 2 goals or less, dropping to 4-3 in such games.

Kris-tal clear: With Olie Maatta out, someone’s ice time was going up in Game 2. Kris Letang logged 35:22, his most ever in a regulation game. It’s the most the Capitals have allowed to any player in a regulation game since Adrian Aucoin skated over 40 minutes in October 2002. 

Not 2009: Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby scored a combined 16 goals in their 2009 playoff series. After 2 games this series, the two stars have combined for 1 assist. Crosby has 2 goals (regular season/playoffs) in his last 11 games against the Capitals.