Fishing on the Potomac: Heatin' Up!

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Fishing on the Potomac: Heatin' Up!

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
CSNwashington.com

Warm Up!

Last week water temperatures actually dropped to 82! This week, expect water to return to upper 80s as the week warms! But, this week we expect cloud cover, so warm ups wont be as dramatic and fish should be biting. Early morning high tides give a lot of flexibility for anglers this week.

Water temperatures have been trending upward in the last few days and that could continue. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, A hot start will get hotter by Tuesday. A slight cooling off Wednesday into the lower 90s with a chance of isolated thunderstorms. Thursday even cooler with more isolated thunderstorms. Friday into the weekend dry with highs in the upper 80s!

Topwaters early like Lucky Crafts G-Splash and walkers like Lucky Crafts Gunfish worked over submerged wood and grass should produce. If not, dont hesitate to go a bit deeper and louder!

To go louder, try wake baits like Manns Waker. Braid snaps this lure out of grass. Burn in clear water and slower in stained! Manns Baby 1-Minus in firetiger patterns on 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line and a KVD cranking rod will pick off aggressive fish.

But chatter jigs and swim jigs in blackblue combos are still bringing in bigger fish. Just a bit tougher to use in thicker grass. Again, GAMMA fluorocarbon line has the strength to snap out of grass. With chatter jigs, try Manns HardNose Jerkshad trailer. For Swim jigs, Manns Stone Jig keeper holds trailers like HardNose craws.

After tides fall, keep swimming jigs and chatterjigs with a mix of swimming and pitching Mizmo tubes. Also a good time to start throwing swimbaits. The Mustad Ultra Point Swimbait hook adds weight where you need it to work these baits at any speed.

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Will the Shattenkirk trade force the Caps into another deadline deal?

Will the Shattenkirk trade force the Caps into another deadline deal?

With the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday, the question surrounding the Capitals was whether the team would make a move or stand pat. On Monday we got our answer as the team acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and prospect goalie Pheonix Copley from the St. Louis Blue in exchange for forwards Zach Sanford, Brad Malone and a first and a conditional draft pick(s).

But by addressing the only real weaknesses on the roster, the Caps may have exposed another flaw they could potentially try to address before Wednesday's trade deadline.

With only two right-shooting defensemen in Matt Niskanen and John Carlson, this was a clear area of need for the team. Because of the struggles of the team's two netminders in the AHL, Washington was also in need of a third goalie in case of an injury to Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer. You can read more on the team's needs heading into the trade deadline here.

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The team addressed both of those needs Monday with Shattenkirk and Copley, but it came at a price. Losing draft picks will have future implications, but the loss of Sanford weakens the team in the present.

Heading into the postseason, if healthy, it's not hard to guess what the Caps' forward lines would be:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

But what if there was an injury? Prior to the hand injury suffered by Andre Burakovsky, the Caps were using the minimum number of forwards and cycling through players from Hershey for road games. That's not an ideal setup for the playoffs.

The plan was thought to be for the team to carry Sanford and Jakub Vrana as the two depth forwards for the postseason. Pinning your hopes on two rookies to step into a playoff situation when called upon is not without risk. Now, however, the Caps don't even have that.

There's a difference between plugging a player in the lineup in the regular season and in the playoffs. The regular season offers an opportunity to give players like Riley Barber and Chandler Stephenson valuable experience. The team can feel comfortable plugging in Zach Sill or Liam O'Brien for a few games. But when it comes to the playoffs in which every game counts, every win brings you one step closer to the Stanley Cup and every loss brings the season closer to an end, the team needs more options than a handful of green prospects and veteran AHLers.

Vrana is projected to be a top-six talent and is starting to hit his NHL potential. He also, however, is prone to turnovers and needs to work on how he plays without the puck. He is a good option for Washington in the playoffs, but for him to be the only option is an enormous risk.

The Shattenkirk deal shows the Caps are all-in this year, but there's one more move they may need to make. With Sanford now gone, the Caps will need to act fast to bring in more forward depth because, besides Vrana, there's not a whole lot of options within the organization.

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Behind Ty Outlaws eight three pointers, the Hokies knock off No. 25 Miami

Behind Ty Outlaws eight three pointers, the Hokies knock off No. 25 Miami

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Ty Outlaw scored a career-high 24 points to lead Virginia Tech to a 66-61 victory over No. 25 Miami on Monday night.

Outlaw, who was averaging 5.0 points per game, set a school record with eight 3-pointers for the Hokies (21-8, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their third straight game and fifth in the last six. Virginia Tech also moved to 15-1 at home this season.

Miami (20-9, 10-7), which moved into The Associated Press top-25 for the first time this season earlier in the day, led 50-48 with just under seven minutes to go.

However, the Hokies went on a 12-4 run to take the lead for good. Virginia Tech scored on five straight possessions, with the final five points coming on a 3-pointer by Outlaw and a dunk by Zach LeDay for a 60-54 lead with 2:11 remaining.

Anthony Lawrence led Miami with 18 points.