Fishing After Sandy!

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Fishing After Sandy!

Fishing on the Potomac

By Steve Chaconas

www.pohankachevrolet.com

Fishing After Sandy!

Lower tides during the warmest part of the day could make this week one of the best since Sandy! Water is colder and a bit stained.

The river has really cooled! Expect water to be around 50 for a high this week!  NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “A warm start to the week in the mid 60s will cool quickly as a cold front also brings a rainy Tuesday, followed by temperatures around 50 for the rest of the week. Clouds Wednesday and Thursday before the sunreturns for the weekend. Overnight lows in the mid 30s everyday.”

With water still stained, fish are finding lures through vibration and sound. One of the best lures right now is the legendary ½ ounce Silver Buddy blade bait. This metal lure produces more vibration than any lure with the slightest movement. Fish areas with steep drops and edges. Don’t overwork Silver Buddys. Short burps and slow drops will get reluctant bass to bite on the drop. Use 12-14 pound test Gamma Copoly on a medium heavy rod with a soft tip.

Another lure that will work at lower light is the 1/4-ounce Mann’s Classic spinnerbait. Gold Colorado Indiana blades, and white skirt slowly retrieved through wood cover and grass remnants.

There's still an opportunity to use lipless cranks producing vibration and noise. Try Lucky Craft LVR D-7 in shad patterns, along with reds, depending on light penetration. Less light, go darker. A good cranking rod like the Quantum KVD allows you to slow down and still snap baits out of grass.

Look for clearest water and use Lucky Craft Pointer 100 or 78 if water is clear, like at Blue Plains or Four Mile Run. Downsize line to 10-pound test Gamma Copoly.

 

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Jay Gruden loves Rob Kelley, but would also love drafting a 'special' RB

Jay Gruden loves Rob Kelley, but would also love drafting a 'special' RB

Redskins coach Jay Gruden has a very high opinion of running back Rob Kelley. He surprised many by making the 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie last year and when starter Matt Jones faltered, Kelley took over as the starter for the last nine games.

“Oh, man, I love Rob Kelley,” Gruden told reporters earlier this week at the NFL meetings in Phoenix.

“I thought he played great. You throw a rookie free agent into the fire like that and see him play and compete. Not one time did I feel like it was too big for him. Not once. That’s a hell of a thing to say for a kid out of Tulane who only had a couple of carries his senior year. He came right in, he competes on every play.”

Actually, Kelley had 65 carries as a senior at Tulane, for 232 yards and one touchdown.

But Gruden’s overall point about Kelley being a little-used back in college. In four years with the Green Wave he never had as many as 100 carries in a single season.

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Kelley got 168 carries in the NFL last year, gaining 704 yards. He scored six touchdowns, the same number that he scored in 49 games at Tulane.

Gruden was not done singing Kelley’s praises.

“He had some of the greatest two-yard runs I’ve seen,” the coach continued.

“He gets back to the line of scrimmage, he keeps his feet moving, he protects the ball. He’s going to get better in pass protection. Catching the ball, he did a nice job. He dropped a couple here and there but for the most part he catches the ball. I really think the vision he has he’ll be more patient as a runner this year. I think he’s going to be a good back, I really do.

“A lot of people think we need a great running back. I think Rob is a great running back, I really do.”

While that certainly is a ringing endorsement, Gruden wouldn’t shy away upgrading the position in the draft.

“There are some special players in this draft, if they’re available they’d be hard to pass up, quite frankly,” Gruden said moments after lauding Kelley.

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Two of the running back considered “special” who may be available when the Redskins make their pick in the first round are Dalvin Cook of Florida State and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford. In a separate interview with JP Finlay of CSN, Gruden talked about those two backs.

 “That’s the thing about those two guys, they can move around,” said Gruden. “They’re not just lining up in the I formation running the power play. They can line up outside at different spots, play receiver, catch the ball out of the backfield and they can also run it between the tackles. They’re not just one dimensional players, they’re very exciting.”

So to sum up the coach’s thought process here, Gruden thinks that Kelley is a “great” running back but the team would find it tough to pass on “special” and “exciting” alternatives. It doesn’t sound to me like Kelley should get too comfortable with the idea of being the lead dog at running back. And those Redskins fans who have earmarked that first-round draft pick for defense may end up being very disappointed.   

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to L.A. Clippers

5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to L.A. Clippers

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 133-124 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on Wednesday night that are worth revisiting...

1. John Wall put in one of his best efforts of the season in the Wizards' loss to L.A. It was spoiled by one of the team's worst defensive outings.

Wall ended up with 41 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals. On this play in the first quarter Marcin Gortat set him up for a breakaway slam:

2. Wall was just getting started in a game that featured many dunks, including this one from Jason Smith that had Twitter going nuts:

Smith had 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had another solid night with 10 points, six rebounds and two steals. He had two offensive rebounds, one of them on this putback slam:

4. Bradley Beal also had a good game offensively with 27 points. He hits two threes, the second one to set a Wizards/Bullets franchise record for three-pointers (206) in a season:

5. This Wall dunk was about as emphatic as any he's had all year and it was part of a late comeback effort by the Wizards that made it interesting late in the fourth:

One key moment in this game was when Markieff Morris got ejeteced. He was having one of his best games in a while with 14 points in 15 minutes, but said something the ref reallly didn't like:

And finally, here's Chick Hernandez doing a great impression during the postgame show. Steve Buckhantz couldn't get enough of it:

The Wizards are one win away from having their best record since the 1978-79 season, but it will have to wait at least another few days. The Wizards pick back up on Friday at the Utah Jazz.

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