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.
Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez became the first former Nationals player (2005-present) to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. He was inducted in his first year of eligibility, marking the 52nd first-ballot hall of famer in history.
Rodriguez, who was the first free agent signed by current Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, played the final two seasons of his career with Washington in 2010-11. During his time in D.C. he hit .254 six homers and 68 RBI. Pudge's greatest contribution to the Nationals came from his leadership and work ethic. He guided Stephen Strasburg through his rookie season and also helped develop Wilson Ramos so he could pass the torch to him.
During his 21-year career, Pudge made 14 all-star teams, won 13 gold gloves, won seven silver slugger awards, led his league in caught-steeling percentage nine times, and was named American League MVP in 1999 with the Texas Rangers. He became a World Series champion in 2003 with the Florida Marlins. Pudge's 13 gold gloves are the most ever by a catcher, and his 2,844 career hits are the most ever by a player who appeared in 50 percent or more of their career games as a catcher.
In addition to Rodriguez, former Montreal Expos great Tim Raines was inducted to the Hall of Fame. Raines is the franchise leader (Expos/Nationals) in walks (793), runs (947), stolen bases (635) and triples (82). Raines was an all-star seven times and he won a silver slugger in 1986 with the Expos. He is the only player in MLB history with at least 100 triples, 150 homers and 600 RBI in a career, and the only player to steal at least 70 bases in six consecutive seasons.
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Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md. grabbed the top spot in a list of the top 100 stadium experiences of 2016.
There are very few stadiums in sports that you could even argue offer a backdrop that's as aesthetically pleasing or as unique as Camden Yards. The long brick train warehouse in right field along with the view of the Baltimore skyline in center field, gives Camden Yards as cozy of a feeling that you can get while at a sporting event. Add in the fact that O's fans are always into the games and have many gameday traditions, Camden Yards' number one ranking is perfectly justified. Just writing this makes me long for some crab fries and a cold beverage while watching the Orioles on a Saturday afternoon in the summer.
Checking in at number 14 on the list is the stadium that's right next door to Camden Yards, and that's M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Baltimore Ravens. This stadium was ranked the best stadium experience in the NFL, beating out Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Lambeau Field for the top spot.
Navy Marine Corp Memorial Stadium, home of the Naval Academy's football team, entered the rankings at number 49 on the list. Go to a game at Navy Marine Corp Memorial Stadium and you'll see some good football in a place that is full of history and patriotism.
The final mid-atlantic area stadium that made the list was Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegal Center in Richmond. Home of the VCU basketball team, the Siegal Center has developed into a really tough place for teams to play. Since the Rams run to the Final Four in 2011 and the development of the basketball program under former coach Shaka Smart, VCU has turned into a perrenially good college basketball team. Couple a good team with a loud, intimate 7,500 seat stadium and you've got yourself a really cool venue to watch college basketball.
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