Fishing Report: Stable weather


Fishing Report: Stable weather

By Steve Chaconas
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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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Brooks, Beal impressed with Wizards' passing this preseason

Brooks, Beal impressed with Wizards' passing this preseason

With their regular season opener set for Thursday (6:30 p.m. on CSN), Wizards head coach Scott Brooks was asked after practice this week what has impressed him the most about his new team now that their seven-game exhibition schedule is over. Brooks was quick to point out what has been an established strength for the Wizards in recent years.

"If I had to pick, our offense and our passing has been really, really good," Brooks said. "We're a very good passing team. I thought throughout this exhibition season that has been displayed."

The Wizards have ranked no lower than seventh in assists per game among NBA teams in the last three seasons. It certainly doesn't hurt to have John Wall at the helm of their offense. Wall, 26, has averaged at least 10 assists per game in the past two years. He ranked third in basketball last season with 10.2 per contest.

Wall, in fact, is seventh all-time in career assists per game (9.0) among players with at least 400 NBA games logged. Four of the six ahead of him on the list - Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas - are Hall of Famers. The other two - Kevin Johnson and Chris Paul - are also good names to be associated with. 

Paul, for one, will likely join the others in the Hall someday. He's the only NBA player with more assists than Wall since the latter entered the league in 2010.

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Brooks spoke glowingly about Wall's abilities and his rare his combination of speed and court vision.

"It's uncanny, his speed with the basketball and that he's able to make good decisions at that speed," Brooks said. "He sees it slow motion as he's going fast and that's very rare."

Wall isn't the only one passing the rock, of course. Brooks hopes shooting guard Bradley Beal can get more involved in the cause. Beal has a 3.0 assists-per-game average in his career, but his new coach thinks Beal can average four or five.

That may come naturally, given Beal's thoughts on the subject. He believes the Wizards' offense reached a new level this preseason.

"That's probably the best we've passed since I've been here," Beal said. "That's just everybody having fun and not caring about who scores, just getting the best shot available. When we play like that, it's fun for everybody. It's fun for coaches, it's fun for the players, fun for guys coming in the game with momentum and energy."

The Wizards as a team notched 33 assists in their preseason finale against the Raptors in Friday night. Beal alone had nine of them and no turnovers, to boot. 

That's exactly what Brooks likes to see and he hopes it carries into the regular season.

"We have to continue to trust the pass," he said. "I think our passing has been impressive. We need to continue that."

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Pittsburgh Zoo takes shot at the Capitals with Halloween decorations

Pittsburgh Zoo takes shot at the Capitals with Halloween decorations

It's almost Halloween and the penguins are getting into the spirit. No, not the Pittsburgh Penguins, but actual penguins from Pittsburgh and they're taking shots at the Washington Capitals.

The Pittsburgh Zoo decorated its penguin exhibit for Halloween complete with tombstones. Go ahead and take a look at who is on those tombstones.

The Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks for the Stanley Cup last season and they just plain don't like the Caps and Flyers.

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