Sandy Muddies the Water!

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Sandy Muddies the Water!

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By Steve Chaconas, Fishing on the Potomac

Last week just about every boating and fishing outing was cancelled.

Water will be a lot cooler this weekend, muddier too! Also look out for debris in the water!

The river has really cooled off! Expect water to be around 50 for a high this week!  NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like daytime highs will be around 50 with overnight lows in the low 30s until Wednesday when a cold rain comes through bringing wind and rain into Thursday. Friday warms and a nice weekend is on the way with mild 60s and overnight lows in the mid 40s.”

The river will be muddy, except in water treatment discharge areas and backs of creeks. Look for fish to hold very tight to cover (logs, docks and riprap) in areas with less than 12 inches of visibility. Water should still be higher than normal. Get tight to shoreline cover and pitch black/blue 1/2-ounce Mann's Stone Jigs, with heavy soaking in garlic Jack's Juice spray. Punisher rattles are perfect for plastic chunks. For other plastics Mizmos 4-inch Swamp Monster creates a lot of disturbance. Rattles and Jacks Juice here too! Fish very slow, staying in one spot for a while. Fish will eat, but are not chasing. Tie both to GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon 14 or 16-pound test.

Try Gold or painted Silver Buddy lures tied to 12-pound test GAMMA Copoly in colder water. Gently "burp" the bait a few inches off the bottom. Let it sit and repeat, tight lining to the bottom. Fish areas with a steep drop, out of the current.
Also, slowly retrieved Lucky Craft Red LV-500 lipless cranks on fluorocarbon across creek mouth points as water warms later in the day and by the end of the week.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Sixers

5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Sixers

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 120-112 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night that are worth revisiting...

1. These are in chronological order, but the first highlight from this game is the best one of the night.

John Wall pulled off one of his best dunks of the season, a reverse slam with his left hand. Wall was fouled on the play and knocked down the free throw:

Wall finished with 29 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds.

2. Bradley Beal was the star on an otherwise disappointing night for the Wizards. He dropped 40 points for the fourth time this season. Two of his points came on this stepback jumper that looked like a three-pointer at first:

3. Here's more of Beal. This time he stole a pass and threw it down on the other end:

4. Marcin Gortat had another solid night with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Here was his best play of the night, a two-handed putback slam on a Wall miss:

5. Friday was Bojan Bogdanovic's first game with the Wizards since getting traded to them on Wednesday from the Brooklyn Nets. He was limited to just two points in 18 minutes. And those two points came on a goaltending call:

It just wasn't the Wizards' night, on the court or off of it. In this clip Jason Smith is left hanging on a handshake attempt. Poor Jason:

As mentioned above, Beal had another great game. He just didn't get much help.

[RELATED: Ian Mahinmi leaves Wizards loss to Sixers with back injury]

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The Capitals will be shorthanded again in Nashville on Saturday

The Capitals will be shorthanded again in Nashville on Saturday

The three Capitals who sat out Friday’s 2-1 win over the Oilers will also miss Saturday’s game against the Predators, Coach Barry Trotz said.

Defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, both suffering from lower body injuries, and winger T.J. Oshie, who has an upper body ailment, did not travel accompany the team to Nashville.

The plan, according to Trotz, is for the three injured players to join the team on the second leg of the road trip. The Caps are scheduled to practice at the Devils’ home rink on Monday afternoon before heading to New York to face the Rangers on Tuesday.  

“We didn’t want to rush anything,” Trotz said. “We didn’t know on Brooks really until this afternoon.”

Trotz added: “We said, ‘Let’s not rush anything. We’re in a good spot. Let’s get everyone healthy.’”

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Niskanen suffered an apparent left leg injury Wednesday night in a collision with Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas. The first sign that something was bothering Orpik came Thursday when he missed practice.  Oshie, meanwhile, remains sore after absorbing a couple of big blows in Philadelphia.

All three players are officially listed as day-to-day.

Friday’s game against Connor McDavid and the surging Oilers marked the first bit of injury-related adversity the Caps have experienced this season.

It didn’t faze them.

A blue line that including seventh defenseman Taylor Chorney and minor league call-up Aaron Ness helped limit McDavid, the NHL’s leading scorer, to a secondary assist and just one shot on goal in 21:42 of ice time.

Meanwhile, prospect Riley Barber made his NHL debut with Oshie sidelined. Barber recorded two shots on goal in 9:56 of ice time.

Washington's lineup will likely remain unchanged against P.K. Subban and the Predators, who have earned a point in three straight games (2-0-1). 

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