By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
The Potomac will be filled with Everstart tournament anglers with their 3-day event starting on Thursday. According to Bass Cat Evinrude pro Bill Chapman, while anglers can expect to catch a lot of largemouth bass, larger fish might be harder to come by.
For the anglers this week, the tides will be favorable for an early morning topwater bite as tides will be low in the morning. And with the expected cloud cover, the topwater bite should be solid until the tide rises with water temperatures in the low 80s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Cool in the morning with lows overnight around 70 and daytime highs in the mid to upper 80s. The pattern is wet for the week with scattered thunderstorms until Friday with clouds into the weekend.
Buzzbaits with white skirts cast along grass, pads, docks and riprap for a solid early morning bite. Poppers are good too in clear water, but keep them moving. Lucky Craft G- Splash can be worked quickly. Gunfish walked fast can also trigger bites.
Dont forget white spinnerbaits and chatterjigs, even white swim jigs to fill in the rest of the morning. With sun, pitch to higher tide shoreline cover. Docks and wood are good targets. If theres sun and high water, look to punch the mats with Round Valley Tungsten weights. A Mustad 30 Mega bite hook with a Manns HardNose Flippin Craw will get bigger fish.
Also at higher tides, try Manns Baby 1-Minus crankbaits on 14-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line. Manns Waker on braided line will also work if the water is fairly clear at higher tides. A slow crawl will bring fish out of thick grass. Otherwise, white Manns Super Frogs on braid over matted grass will work!
While all eyes for Caps fans are on the Caps-Penguins series, there is other hockey going on around the world. The 2016 IIHF Men's World Championship begins on Friday in Moscow. When Team USA takes the ice, it will be a former Cap who leads the way.
Matt Hendricks, now of the Edmonton Oilers, was named captain of the U.S. team on Wednesday, the team announced. Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Connor Murphy of the Arizona Coyotes were selectd as alternates.
Hendricks was the captain of the team last year as well, helping Team USA claim bronze in the 2015 tournament. The Blaine, Minn. native spent three seasons with the Caps from 2010 to 2013.
The IIHF World Championships take place annually around the same time as the NHL Playoffs which always leads to an interesting collection of players making the trek as it is largely dependent on players who do not make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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There is only one trophy Alex Ovechkin has his sites set on these days as the Caps continue their playoff trek, but he has been named a finalist for yet another individual honor. Ovechkin was named by the NHL as one of three finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award on Wednesday. The award is presented "to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, during the regular season.”
John Tavares of the New York Islander and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators were also nominated.
Ovechkin's on-ice exploits are well known—50 goals, 71 points in a Presidents' Trophy winning season—but he also is very active in the community.
Ovechkin has been a very vocal advocate for American Special Hockey Association and he continued that work this year as an official spokesman hosting a skating session for the organization at the team's practice facility at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in October. He also continued his Ovi’s Crazy 8s program, which provides Capitals season tickets for Most Valuable Kids and ASHA.
The winner of the award will be announced during the 2016 NHL Awards on June 22.
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