Fishing Report: Stable weather

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Fishing Report: Stable weather

By Steve Chaconas
Sponsored by www.pohankachevy.com

 

Settled weather pattern turned fish on last week. Anything at the right tide will work. Sun puts fish on cover where bottom baits are needed. In low light or cloud cover, use moving baits.

Water temperatures should be around 65, warming a few degrees by the end of the afternoon. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Weather will be stable with daytime highs in the mid 70s and overnight lows in the upper 50s. Light winds out of the NW start the week. Out of the South Wednesday before shifting back from the north to cool into the upper 60s by the weekend.”

In calm, clear, low water, try topwaters early and late in the day, Lucky Craft G-Splash poppers on 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly with a pause between pops, watching for fish movement under the bait. Also, slow walking Gunfish can work.

Cast Mann’s Classic 1/4-ounce spinnerbaits with white skirts over grass, wood, riprap and docks. Fish front edges of grass and deeper wood cover in the morning. Red Mann's Baby 1-Minus switching to shad patterns in clear water.

Pitch Mizmo tubes and Mann’s Stone jigs to cover, moving toward the bank as tides rise. Use Texas rigged 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point Tube hooks, a 1/4-ounce weight for Green pumpkin Mizmo varieties like Blue Craw and River Craw (orange tails). Half-ounce black/blue Stone jigs with matching craw trailers also work on 14-16 pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line.

Go old school with Mann’s HardNose 4-inch pumpkinseed grubs, a 1/4-ounce ball jig, or splitshot rigs with a 3/16-ounce BullShot weight, a 2/0 Mustad Mega Lite hook and a 4-inch HardNose Super Finesse worm on 8-pound test Copoly. A quick spray of Jack's Juice attractant on plastics and jigs will encourage fish to hold on.

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Wilson Ramos' ACL tear devastating news for Nationals, his future

Wilson Ramos' ACL tear devastating news for Nationals, his future

When Wilson Ramos collapsed to the ground clutching his right knee behind the plate at Nationals Park on Monday night, the Nats feared the worst as it was the same leg in which he had his ACL and MCL repaired back in 2012. On Tuesday, an MRI confirmed those fears. Ramos tore his ACL again and is not only out for the entirety of the postseason, but most of next year as well.

It happened in the final week of the regular season with the Nats preparing for the playoffs. It also happened just over a month before Ramos is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career.

There is never a good time to tear an ACL, but one would be hard pressed to find a worse time for Ramos to do it than now.

“This close to playoffs, his option year. There’s never an opportune time, but this was the most inopportune time for this to happen at this point," manager Dusty Baker said.

"It's unfortunate. Wilson was having an All-Star season, really a breakout season for himself. It's disappointing. I feel bad for him," GM Mike Rizzo said. 

Ramos, 29, earned an All-Star nod this year and for good reason. He hit .307 with 22 homers and 80 RBI and emerged as one of the best catchers in baseball.

Now his future hangs in the balance, as it will be much harder to get a lucrative long-term deal in free agency.

Rizzo said it was too soon to know how Ramos can return from re-tearing his ACL.

"He just did it yesterday. We just got the diagnosis. We're going to see what the doctors say and we'll make our assessments after that," Rizzo said.

Baker spoke earlier this year about his hopes for the Nats to re-sign Ramos. On Tuesday he was asked about Ramos' future and alluded to that idea again.

"It’s time for us to, I think as a whole, maybe to take care of him, too, because he’s taken pretty good care of us,” Baker said.

Any decision about Ramos will be made months from now. In the short-term, the Nats have a playoff run to consider as they chase a World Series. In for Ramos will be backups Jose Lobaton and Pedro Severino. Both have filled in well at times this season, but Ramos is leaving big shoes to fill.

“All of our catchers are very good catchers. It’s just that he is not only the top offensive catcher on our team, a big part of our offense, he’s one of the top offensive catchers in baseball. We’ll really miss his offense," Baker said. "I think Loby and Severino can replace (him) on defense, but it’s up to some of the other guys to offset his loss on the offensive side of the ball.”

Lobaton is dealing with a minor right ankle injury, but said he is ready to step in. He was in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Diamondbacks.

Lobaton is a good friend and longtime teammate of Ramos and spoke to him after the injury was diagnosed.

"He was sad. Anybody can be sad in that moment, in that situation. He’s been playing good all year, doing really good for the team, and now you don’t have a chance to go with the team in the playoffs," Lobaton said. "It’s really sad for me, not only for me but for the team. We’re praying for him and that he can get better soon.”

It won't be easy to move forward without Ramos, but the Nationals have no choice at this point.

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Bill Daly addresses Ovechkin's vow to play in 2018 Olympics

Bill Daly addresses Ovechkin's vow to play in 2018 Olympics

Alex Ovechkin has made clear that, despite the World Cup of Hockey, he still intends to play in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. But what if the NHL does not participate in the Olympics? Just how the league will handle the Russian superstar walking away from the league for two weeks during the season, however, remains to be seen.

The prospect for NHL participation in the 2018 Olympics is bleak. The IOC has declared it will no longer pay for NHL players' travel and insurance costs. Given that the NHL does not like closing down the season for a tournament they have no financial stake in, this could prove to be the death knell for Olympic participation.

Ovechkin, however, has already drawn his line in the sand.

"It's a situation when you don't know what's going to happen," Ovechkin said. "Obviously, I said I'm going to play."

Greg Wyshynski of the Yahoo blog Puck Daddy asked deputy commissioner Bill Daly how the NHL would respond.

“I don’t have a league reaction to that," Daly said. "If that became a prevailing view of a group of players, or a significant group of players, I might have a different view. But at this point it’s a single superstar player who will have a contract with one of clubs, and the club will handle that within its own discretion."

Ovechkin has always been very vocal about his love of representing his country and he made the same declaration prior to the Sochi Olympics. If the NHL is hoping he will be the only one to take such a vocal stance, however, they are sadly mistaken.

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