Fishing report: Tough Bite

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Fishing report: Tough Bite

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
CSNwashington.com

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Tough bite!

Low mid morning tides could make for a tough week. Water temperatures starting around 70. A brief early topwater bite followed by moving lures will pick off active fish. Finesse techniques produce later in the day.

Clouds could extend the moving lure bite as tides come in during the sunniest part of the day. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Overnight lows in the upper 50s to 60, daytime highs into the mid 70s. A low pressure system moves in on Wednesday raising temperatures to the mid 80s with a slight chance of rain, leaving cooler 70s and a few clouds toward the weekend.

For topwaters, work Lucky Craft G-Splash faster...with cloud cover or clear water. Slower, pop and stop if water is stained, or switch to the walking Gunfish. With chop or stain, try buzzbaits too!

As tides fall, fish deeper wood or grass edges looking for scattered grass away from edges. With cloud cover, chop or stain on the water, try 14-ounce Mann's Classic spinnerbaits, gold blades, white skirts. If water is clearer, try the 1-Minus. High sun, no chop, fish grass edges with Mizmo tubes, Texas rigged on 30 Mustad Ultra Point tube hooks. Soaking jigs along wood and docks will be effective. As tides rise, fishing can get tough. Look for fish on riprap, seawalls and docks.

Drops with cover will consistently produce with drop shot and shaky head. Use 8-pound test Gamma Copoly or Edge fluorocarbon line. Drop shot weedless with a Mustad 10 Mega Lite hook and 18 ounce weight, a 10-inch leader, and a HardNose finesse worm soaked in Jack's Juice attractant. Try 18-ounce shaky heads with green pumpkin Mann's HardNose floating Wonder Worms. Work slowly, staying in scattered cover as long as possible.

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How Wizards can acquire pick (and from whom) in tonight's NBA draft

How Wizards can acquire pick (and from whom) in tonight's NBA draft

When a team doesn't have any draft picks, as is the case with the Wizards going into tonight, it can buy its way in from teams that are overloaded with too many.

The Wizards shipped their No. 52 selection to the New Orleans Pelicans late Wednesday for Tim Frazier, banking on him being better than any of the options expected to be available. League sources told CSNmidatlantic.com that they'll be actively pursuing another pick for tonight's event that begins at 7 p.m. ET.

But there are several teams that are bogged down with picks. The Philadelphia 76ers, who have the No. 1 overall selection, also have four second-rounders.

The Boston Celtics, who traded down to No. 3 overall in a deal with the Sixers a week ago, have three second-round picks. 

It's simple math for NBA teams. There's a cap on the size of the roster they can carry during the offseason (20) and when the regular season begins (15 + two "two-way" players). The offseason roster includes free agents signed after the draft -- often for little or no guaranteed money -- to attend summer league play in July and training camp in September.

The Sixers have nine guaranteed contracts for 2017-18 and four non-guaranteed deals to decide on. 

[RELATED: 5 things to know about new Wizards point guard Tim Frazier]

Not intrigued by what they saw left on the board when they were set to pick 46th in 2014, the Wizards sold their spot to the L.A. Lakers for $1.8 million. Russ Smith, Cameron Bairstow, Devyn Marble and Cory Jefferson were among the players who were drafted in the next 14 picks which speaks to how difficult it is to find a player who can actually contribute this deep. 

Frazier was available but went undrafted out of Penn State. Tyler Johnson and Langston Galloway also weren't chosen but currently are firmly planted in the NBA. 

In the 2017 collective bargaining agreement, teams were given a bump from $3.6 million to $5.1 million for cash transactions per season that a team can send or receive. This money can be used to buy picks.

In the 2016 draft, for instance, the Golden State Warriors purchased the No. 38 pick from the Milwaukee Bucks to take Patrick McCaw who came off the bench to make key plays in Game 5 of their NBA championship win earlier this month. The move cost $2.4 million.

Tonight, the Sixers' four second-round picks fall from Nos. 36-50; the Celtics own Nos. 37, 53 and 56; the Orlando Magic have Nos. 33 and 35; the Atlanta Hawks hold Nos. 41 and 60; the Utah Jazz have Nos. 42 and 55; the Knicks own Nos. 44 and 58; the Houston Rockets have Nos. 43 and 45; and the Denver Nuggets possess Nos. 49 and 51.

[RELATED: Reasons why dealing for Tim Frazier works for Wizards]

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NHL releases Capitals 2017-2018 regular season schedule

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NHL releases Capitals 2017-2018 regular season schedule

The Washington Capitals' 2017-2018 season includes 34 home games at Verizon Center and two, four-game homestands.

The Caps open the season in Ottawa against the Senators Thursday, Oct. 5.

The first home game of the season will be against the Montreal Canadians Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Verizon Center.

Here are some other notable dates on the schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 11 — The Caps host defending Stanley Cup champion and rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

Friday, Nov. 10 — The Caps travel to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins

Tuesday, Nov. 14 — The Caps face the defending Western Conference champions, the Nashville Predators in Nashville.

Saturday, Nov. 18 to Friday, Nov. 24 — The Caps host a four-game homestand against Minnesota, Calgary, Ottawa and Tampa Bay respectively.

Saturday, Dec. 2 to Friday, Dec. 8 — The Caps host a four-game homestand against Columbus, San Jose, Chicago and the Rangers respectively.

Saturday, Dec. 23 — The Caps travel to Las Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the first time.

Saturday, Jan. 13 to Wednesday, Jan. 17 — BYE WEEK

Saturday, Jan. 27 to Sunday, Jan. 28 — All Star Weekend

Friday, Feb. 2 — The Caps travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins for the third time this season.

Sunday, Feb. 4 — The Caps host the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Super Bowl Sunday.

Saturday, Mar. 3 — The Caps host the Mape Leafs for their Stadium Series game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

Sunday, Apr. 1 — The Caps travel to Pittsburgh for the fourth and final time.

Thursday, Apr. 5 — The Caps host the Nashville Predators in their second to last game of the season.

Saturday, Apr. 7 — The Caps regular season ends at home against the New Jersey Devils.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL 2017-2018 SCHEDULE