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.
Hundreds of Redskins fans waited in line for hours to get a free Su'a Cravens jersey on Saturday morning.
Cravens, who's currently on the Redskins' Reserve/Left Squad list, announced earlier in the week that he'd giveaway all of his jerseys to fans for free.
Here are some of the sights and sounds of the event, courtesy of Redskins Insider JP Finlay:
There was even a surprise (albeit totally coincidental) apperance from Santana Moss:
Cravens also briefly chatted with the media about the day:
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Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Matt Niskanen highlight the Caps’ lineup tonight against the Hurricanes at Capital One Arena.
Here’s how Coach Barry Trotz will have them lineup (based on the morning skate):
Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Chiasson
Smith–Pelly – Beagle – W. Simpson
Vrana – Boyd – Connolly
Walker – Albert – Barber
Orpik – Hobbs
Djoos – Niskanen
Siegenthaler – Orlov
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Some notes and observations from the morning skate:
- Fourth line center Jay Beagle will make his preseason debut tonight. He’s been battling some “tightness” according to Trotz. “Everyone’s tight right now,” Beagle told CSN after the morning skate. “I feel great. I’m ready to play tonight. It’s something the medical staff was really diligent about.”
- Vrana will skate in his third preseason contest…but in a much different role. In his first two appearances, the 2014 first rounder skated in the top-six (on Kuznetsov’s line and Backstrom’s line). Now’s getting a look on the third combo.
- Tom Wilson was originally slated to suit up but he was pulled from the lineup because he’s facing a disciplinary hearing with the NHL for his hit on St. Louis’ Robert Thomas on Friday. Instead, Wilson participated in the intrasquad scrimmage at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
- Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov will also get their first action of the exhibition season. Although Trotz has said they’ll start the regular season as a pair, each will play with a prospect vs. the Canes.
- Chiasson, who is on a PTO, has enjoyed a strong camp to this point. If he can add production tonight (while skating on a line with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov) that could go a long way toward him clinching a spot…if he hasn’t done so already. Chiasson was also on the first power play unit this morning.
- Former Capitals winger Justin Williams will skate on the Hurricanes' first line tonight.
- Another round of cuts is expected to come on Sunday.
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