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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Three days to trade deadline, where do Orioles go next?

Three days to trade deadline, where do Orioles go next?

Not long after Andrew Cashner came off the market, there was yet another report of a pitcher the Orioles were supposedly interested in. 

On Thursday, an industry source said that it was highly unlikely that the Orioles were going to be able to pry Cashner away from the San Diego Padres. 

With the nonwaiver trade deadline three days away, the Miami Marlins sent four players, including first baseman Josh Naylor, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft and pitcher Jarred Cosart to San Diego for Cashner, Collin Rea and reliever Tayron Guerrero. 

ESPN.com reported that the Orioles are now interested in Erasmo Ramirez, a right-handed swingman for the Tampa Bay Rays. Ramirez, who is only 26, is club controllable for three more seasons. 

Ramirez has started only once this season, and is 7-8 with a 3.90 ERA in 40 games for the Rays. 

He has a 2-3 record with a 3.65 ERA in 12 games against the Orioles, and has a nifty 0.831 WHIP against them. 

Ramirez is one of several Rays pitchers including Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi who the Orioles could be interested in, but do the Orioles have prospects that intrigue Tampa Bay? 

A former Ray, Jeremy Hellickson, who is currently with Philadelphia, could be the next starter dealt. 

The Phillies are looking for a top shelf prospect and while the Orioles have shown interest in him, the many Philadelphia executives who once worked in Baltimore have intimate knowledge of the Orioles farm system. 

Hellickson has a lifetime record of 56-55, and is 7-7 with a 3.65 ERA with the Phillies, a team with a losing record. 

With Texas, Toronto and others interested in adding a starter, the Orioles probably don’t have the prospects to match those of others. 

NOTE: Julio Borbon, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Bowie. 

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Long won't join Ravens, potential deal with LT falls through

Long won't join Ravens, potential deal with LT falls through

OWINGS MILLS – Veteran left tackle Jake Long won’t be joining the Ravens after all. A potential deal between Long and the Ravens fell through Friday, leaving Long a free agent according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, and confirmed by CSN.

The issue was Long’s right knee. He tore his ACL in both 2013 and 2014, leaving concern about how his knee would hold up if he returned to action. Long went to see Dr. James Andrews after taking a physical with the Ravens on Wednesday. According to a source, while Long was healthy enough to play, the Ravens were not comfortable being financially liable if Long’s knee failed to hold up.

The Ravens targeted Long as a potential backup for rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley. While Stanley has looked solid during practice, the Ravens have been searching for veteran insurance in case Stanley suffered an injury. Long is a former No. 1 overall pick (2008) and has more experience than James Hurst, who is currently the Ravens’ backup left tackle.

Now the Ravens have a roster spot available, which they may use to sign another offensive lineman, or to address depth at another position.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Nats reportedly willing to trade Giolito for Miller, but Yankees aren't

MLB Trade Rumors: Nats reportedly willing to trade Giolito for Miller, but Yankees aren't

The Nationals are very interested in acquiring a closer before the trade deadline on Monday.

The hang up has been — as it was with a potential deal for Aroldis Chapman — with the number of pieces they would have to give up in the process.

While keeping all of their top prospects would be ideal, a source close to the MLB's Jon Morosi believes the Nationals would be willing to trade 22-year-old RHP Lucas Giolito to the Yankees for 31-year-old closer Andrew Miller.

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The Yankees had previously insisted that they would be keeping Miller, but with the team looking to stockpile young talent for the future, a one-for-one trade would do them well. But having just dealt Chapman, the Yankees may want more in return, which the Nationals have balked at in recent talks.

But Miller would be an upgrade from the Nationals' current situation.

Jonathan Papelbon has been shaky and inconsistent as of late, and while Shawn Kelley has been capable of spot closing duties, it is clear that the team is deficient in that department. Miller only has nine saves this season, but has played second fiddle to Chapman and his blistering pitch speed. Miller has a 1.39 ERA and has struck out 77 batters this season.

Miller is a good closer, but is he worth giving up a bona fide top prospect in Lucas Giolito?

According to fellow MLB Network reporter Jon Heyman, the Yankees reportedly think it's the other way around.

One thing is for sure, the answer will become clear by the end of the weekend.

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