Fishing on the Potomac: Another Week on the Move!

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Fishing on the Potomac: Another Week on the Move!

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
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With falling morning tides, fish will be over grass beds or near shoreline cover like wood and pads.

Another week like last with moving lures the best choice. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Cool nights and mornings will provide a chilly start around 70 with a chance of rain on Monday. Partly cloudy skies all week. Highs this week around 85 before warming into the weekend.

Another week of topwaters early into mid to late morning with cloud cover. Try poppers like Lucky Craft G-Splash 80s or walkers like the Gunfish. Toss hollow frogs like Manns Super frog in white with clear water or black with some stain and Manns HardNose toads with a 70 Mustad swimbait hook on braid.

For moving lures as the tide falls, try chatterjigs, Manns Baby 1-Minus and Swimbaits like HardNose SwimShads on 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line with a 7 foot Quantum swimbait rod for single hook baits. For treble hooks use the KVD Quantum cranking rod.

If the suns out, cast weightless stick worms like Mizmos Quiver Stix rigged Texas style on a 30 Mustad Mega Bite hook. For wacky rigs, use either 20 Mustad weedless wacky rig hooks or a size 2 Mustad Octopus hook. Both available in RED and recommended! GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon tied to 20 pound braided line on spinning gear will help to skip this bait, allowing it to free fall. Watch line for movement or twitches!

Texas rigged Mizmo Tubes in green pumpkin patterns pitched to grass edges and deeper ends of shoreline cover or pads will work if the sun is out.

Soak all soft plastics in garlic Jacks Juice bait spray to get fish to hold on longer.

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Brooks Laich placed on waivers after saying he wants to play for contender

Brooks Laich placed on waivers after saying he wants to play for contender

Brooks Laich thinks he has more to offer, but it seems the Toronto Maple Leafs disagree. Just one day after an interview in which he said he wanted to play for a contender, the Leafs have placed the former Captial on waivers.

“You don’t win a Stanley Cup playing in the American League," Laich told Joshua Kloke of The Athletic. "If the Leafs don’t have a plan for me with them then I would like to pursue a Stanley Cup somewhere else."

Well, it looks like Toronto is calling his bluff.

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Laich was not placed on unconditional waivers, a precursor to the team terminating his contract, he was placed on regular waivers. As he is already in the AHL, placing Laich on waivers simply exposes his contract to the rest of the league allowing other teams to claim him.

In other words, the Leafs appear to be saying, "You think you can still play for a contender? They can have you."

With an overall cap hit of $4.5 million, it seems doubtful any serious contender would claim him.

Laich, 33, was traded by the Capitals to Toronto last season. He was sent to the Leaf's AHL affiliate at the start of the 2016-17 season and that is where he has stayed. Laich has played in only 22 games for the Toronto Marlies, tallying one goal and five assists.

None of that is encouraging. Sadly, however, Laich does not seem to realize the direction his career his going.

“Listen, I’m 33. I’m not 45. I still feel incredibly young. Physically and mentally, I feel as youthful and as energetic as any kid that walks in the door. I feel like I’m younger than the 20-year-old kids. I have passion for the game. You might call me crazy, but I still feel like my best days of hockey are ahead of me.

“I’m not here just to be a mentor and be a good guy. That comes by being a teammate and having experience. But that’s not my job here. My job here is to play hockey and play as well as I can. I still feel I have many, many years left to play.”

Laich's career was derailed by a groin injury he suffered while playing overseas during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. Since then, he has never been able to play more than 66 games in a season and has never really looked the same.

The idea that his best days are still ahead of him at this point for a player that can't stay healthy, can't crack the NHL lineup of the Maple Leafs and isn't producing in the AHL is simply delusional. This is not the way we all hoped it would end for a player who was a big part of the Capitals' organization for 12 seasons.

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Nationals sign former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters

Nationals sign former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters

The Washington Nationals have signed former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year, according to multiple reports. 

Wieters spent the first eight years in the Majors with the Baltimore Orioles, being named to the AL All-Star team four times and winning two gold glove awards. Last season the switch-hitting catcher posted a .243 average with 17 homers and 66 RBI.  

The Nationals have been in the market for catchers all offseason after Wilson Ramos left for Tampa Bay in free agency. The team traded for former Padres catcher Derek Norris, whose role is now in question. The Nationals still have Jose Lobaton on the roster as a strong defensive backup catcher who has a proven rapport with many of the pitchers in the Nationals rotation. Wieters had been linked to the Nationals all offseason because of the team's need a the position and because of the Nationals close relationship with Wieters' agent Scott Boras. 

The only significant time that Wieters has missed due to injury in his career came in 2014-15 when he had Tommy John surgury. Prior to that surgury, however, Wieters had played in at least 130 games for four straight seasons and became a large part of the Orioles' identity. 

The 30-year-old backstop will give the Nationals lineup more depth and power. Wieters had three consecutive 20-homer seasons from 2011-13 and since 2009 when his career began, he ranks fifth among catchers in all of baseball in home runs with 117. 

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