Fishing Report: Sandy Strikes!

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Fishing Report: Sandy Strikes!

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Last week was awesome fishing with just about every technique producing. This week is going to be a bust on the Potomac River or at least unsafe!

Expect the river to be rough, muddy and much cooler than the 65-degree water of last week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “This week the "Perfect Storm" will roll through, bringing a lot of rain and high winds along with a cold front.  Daytime highs will be in the

mid 50s, overnight lows in the low 40s. The end of the week

will become clear and a bit warmer into the low 60s for the weekend.”

When conditions limit access to main river or even clear water, launch from protected marinas and fish in safe harbors. Otherwise, wait until the winds diminish. That will likely be Thursday. Wind and rain will create high water conditions for a week along with muddy water. Fish will position tight to shoreline cover and the best bait will be jigs and possibly a spinnerbait.

Looking for the clearest water pitching, black/blue 1/2 ounce Mann's

Stone jigs with a bulky trailer like HardNose FrankenToads. Soaking with Jack's Juice garlic spray will help fish find baits. Loud Punisher rattles attached to the jig shaken in cover helps. GAMMA 16-pound test Edge fluorocarbon spooled on a fast Quantum EXO reel and 7-foot Quantum rod will provide power and speed. Pick the best-looking spots and shake jigs in cover.

Another reliable muddy water lure are Gold Bladed 3/4-ounce Mann's Classic spinnerbaits with Colorado and Indiana blades creating fish attracting vibration. Slowly retrieve white-skirted baits dropping over and around shallow cover. Again GAMMA 16-pound Edge fluorocarbon line on the longest rod you can get away with. Shorter rods provide accuracy, not enough leverage.

 

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Brooks addresses Wizards' effort following Wall's comments

Brooks addresses Wizards' effort following Wall's comments

Two days after his star point guard John Wall questioned the effort of his teammates on defense following a disappointing loss against the Orlando Magic, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks spoke at length about where his team stands at the moment and his efforts to right the ship. The 7-13 Wizards continue to complain about defense following games they feel they should have won, so how do they change that now that they have reached the quarter-mark of the season?

Brooks, as he has for much of this season, directed the blame towards himself.

"We aren't satisfied being 7-13. We feel like we gave a few games away and a couple of games probably didn't go our way," he said. "I'm disappointed where we are and I'm disappointed in myself in not being able to figure out how we can get better and play better and play consistently better."

On the subject of Wall and players speaking to and about their teammates, Brooks said that behind the scenes there have been no disagreements that he would classify as unusual or corrosive.

"I can tell you this that it hasn't happened. We're still together and trying to figure out ways to get consistent play and win games. The good thing about my job is that we have a bunch of good guys on the team. There's not one guy that comes to the court that I wish wasn't here. I think every coach has been in situations like that where you're not happy to be around certain players. But we don't have that here, we've got guys that work and guys that will continue to work. They are high-character guys," Brooks said. 

Brooks believes that in general honest communication is a positive thing, as long as the intentions generate from the right place.

"It's with all good teams. I've seen guys have conversations or guys have conversations with guys during games. If you don't do that, you don't care. It's important. All the great teams that have been in the history of this league have had guys that communicate during timeouts," Brooks explained. "Sometimes it's heated. Sometimes it's very heated and you have to be able to manage that. I call it coaching. We watch film and it's not about calling anybody out. It's facts, it's about how can we get better?"

The central premise of Wall's comments involved effort. He said, among other things: "to still be talking about playing hard, that's something that you should be able to do after just waking up."

Brooks has been harping similar messages involving focus on the defensive end. But he says it's not as simple as just telling players to try harder.

"It's the daily habits of doing it every day and it's pretty simple, but sometimes it takes longer than you want. I think right now, in my eyes, it's taking longer than I would like. But we're going to keep working, we're going to keep talking about it, we're going to keep watching it in the film sessions and we're going to keep practicing it on the court," Brooks said.

Brooks continued to say that the Wizards have the personnel to be better on the defensive end. They have two capable guards in Wall and Bradley Beal and others who provide value in rebounding and protecting the rim. They just haven't been able to put it all together and that is the frustrating part.

[RELATED: Film study: Wizards' defense on hiatus]

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Capitals call up Aaron Ness from Hershey

Capitals call up Aaron Ness from Hershey

The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Aaron Ness prior to the team's trip to Buffalo.

Ness, who has been played 17 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League this season, has scored the most goals among defensemen on the team (3) and is third in points (9).

The 2008 NHL second round draft pick, has played in 37 NHL games with both the New York Islanders and the Capitals. Last season, the 26-year old played in eight games for Washington and recorded two assists. 

Ness joins the team after Matt Niskanen's upper body injury, which has him missing the team's Sabres matchup on Friday.

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