By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
Its as hot as it gets! Water temperatures are staying in the mid to upper 80s to just above 90! Fish are active early and slow down in the head of the day.
Tossing top waters until about 9 a.m. ET or so should produce. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Cooler early in the morning as overnight lows are into the lower 70s, but things will warm up fast as 90 degrees will be reached every day with a chance of thunderstorms along with cloudy skies all week.
Water will be low with incoming tides all morning this week. For areas with matted grass, twitch Manns Super frogs on braid in areas with incoming currents. Around wood cover and along pad and grass edges, try buzzbaits and poppers. In clear water use a Lucky Craft G-Splash popped at a good pace or the bigger G-Splash 80 will work when water is a bit stained. Another topwater is the Manns Waker in RED worked on edges and along shoreline cover. This bait needs to be tossed on braid or GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. With fluorocarbon, keep it out of the water or it will make the bait dive. Braid is a good overall choice on a 7-foot rod with plenty of backbone.
As the tide comes in and the topwater bite slows, go to chatterbaits and Manns Baby 1-Minus crankbaits... in RED as long as the clouds are out. With a higher tide and sun, slow down and fish docks with Mizmo Tubes on a 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hook again on Gamma Edge. With the mid day high tides, slowly swimming jigs and even swimbaits will bring the big bass out of the thickest grass or wood cover.
The Washington Nationals recently released the dates of their promotional days and giveaways this season, and there are some real gems in this schedule.
Among the standard bobblehead giveaways — Daniel Murphy on April 14, Trea Turner on May 12 and Tanner Roark on June 9 — and the highly recommended Pups in the Park days — April 29, May 13, June 10, June 25, September 7 and September 30 — pick the right game and you could get a snow globe, an American flag shirt or even a fedora. Seriously.
On May 24’s game against the Mariners, the first 25,000 fans will get a Max Scherzer snow globe, which has the potential to be the coolest knickknack in your house. Or on June 14 against the Braves — oddly not closer to the Fourth of July — Budweiser is behind the first 15,000 21-and-up fans getting an American flag tank top.
But truly the most unique item on this list is the Nationals-themed fedora, which will go to the first 25,000 fans at the Brewers’ July 26 matchup. How the Nats landed on this promotional item remains a mystery, but if you like hats beyond a traditional baseball cap, this is the game to attend.
Other cool or oddball promotions include the Nats Magic 8-Ball game April 3, the Chewbacca Koozie day May 27, Bryce Harper action figure day August 29 and Oktoberfest beer stein day Sept. 29.
Here's the complete list of the team's promotional days and giveaways.
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Devastating news came out of College Park on Monday, as Maryland Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon announced junior center Michal Cekovsky will be out for the remainder of the season with a fractured ankle.
In the second half of the Terps’ 71-60 loss on the road to No. 11 Wisconsin, Cekovsky had the ball and was making a move toward the basket when he went down hard, clutching his left ankle.
Cekovsky’s season has been plagued with injuries, including missing preseason and the first four games of the regular season with a hamstring injury and then missed more than a month with a foot injury.
“I feel badly for Ceko as he has endured a number of injuries throughout the season,” Turgeon said. “It felt like he was really starting to turn the corner and his best basketball was ahead of him. We anticipate a full recovery for next season and we will be there to support him through the rehabilitation process.”
In just 17 games this season, Cekovsky averaged 7.6 points per game and 13.2 minutes, while shooting 67.1 percent from the field.
The Terps next game is against Minnesota at the XFINITY Center in College Park at 8:30 p.m.
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