Fishing report: Time to Wind!

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Fishing report: Time to Wind!

By Steve Chaconas
Fishing on the Potomac
CSNwashington.com

pohankachevy.com

Time to Wind!

Water temperatures are creeping downward, staying cooler in the morning, longer. Fish are more active, feeding on abundant supplies of crawfish and baitfish. Grass is dying off. Bites need to be triggered.

Rising morning tides put fish closer to the bank. Moving baits: crankbaits, chatterbaits, and spinnerbaits. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, Overnight lows in the upper 50s start the week, then low 60s in the middle before cooling later in the week. Mid 60s for daytime highs start the week, low 80s mid week, cooling toward the weekend. Mid week brings the best chance for clouds and rain.

Falling tides, combined with midday sun puts fish out from thick grass edges and on deeper wood cover. Contact grass or wood with spinnerbaits. Mann's Classic oz spinnerbaits, gold bladeswhite skirt, are perfect for all but the highest water. Faster retrieves when water is clearer. Try a direct retrieve and a lift and drop presentation.

Mann's Baby 1-Minus comes through wood and grass well with 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Quantums KVD cranking rod with Mustad KVD short shank triple grips add to successful hook ups.

Lucky Craft GDS DR cranks in shad patterns cover running to depths to 6 feet. For in between, try Lucky Craft 1.5. GAMMA Copoly 10 pound test is good over wood and rock.

For plastics, pick the same areas, but slow down with drop shot
later in the tide, using the weight to find cover. Pitch Texas rigged Mizmo tubes on 30 Mustad Ultra Point Tube hooks.

There might be a brief topwater bite first thing in the day, buzzbaits and walkers like the loud Lucky Craft Gunfish might produce, but as the sun rises, change to moving lures mentioned above.

Former Terp Alex Len reportedly saves friend from drowning

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Former Terp Alex Len reportedly saves friend from drowning

During a trip to the Dominican Republic late last month, former Maryland center and current Phoenix Sun Alex Len reportedly saved a friend from drowning, as detailed in a story published on Friday by AZCentral.com Suns beat writer Paul Coro.

Jay Johnson, one of three friends of Len's along for the trip, reportedly entered waters off the coast and was caught in a riptide. Len went in to save him. 

From Coro: 

Len, 22, momentarily thought Johnson was joking, trying to get their attention. He quickly ascertained the fear in Johnson’s voice as his arms flailed and he took quick gasps of air before waves plunged him underwater repeatedly.

Len did not look around for help. Without hesitation, he sprinted into the sea to save his friend.

“By the time I got to him, he was halfway passed out,” Len said of Johnson, whose arms were exhausted as his legs cramped. “He couldn’t swim. He wasn’t moving. If I would’ve come a couple minutes later, he probably would’ve drowned.”

During the 10-minute ordeal, Coro writes, a lifeguard attempted to aid in the effort but the ocean's current became difficult to fight. Len and his physical size and strength were what ultimately allowed for a safe rescue not only of his friend but of the lifeguard as well.

Read more from Coro's story here.

Orioles rained out, will play Saturday day/night doubleheader

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Orioles rained out, will play Saturday day/night doubleheader

BALTIMORE – About 35 minutes before the scheduled start of Friday night’s game with the Oakland Athletics, the Oriole announced the game had been postponed. 

Friday’s game will be made up as part of a day/night doubleheader beginning at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. The second game will begin at 7:05 p.m.

Mike Wright, who was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday night will start the first game against Rich Hill. Ubaldo Jimenez, who was listed as Friday night’s starter, will pitch in the second game against Jesse Hahn. 

This is the third rainout of the season for the Orioles, the second at home. 

Braden Holtby named finalist for Ted Lindsay Award

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Braden Holtby named finalist for Ted Lindsay Award

Caps netminder Braden Holtby has been named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award as announced by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). The Ted Lindsay Award is the annual award to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted on by members of the NHLPA. Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars were also named as finalists.

Holtby, 26, won 48 games for the 2015-16 season, tying Martin Brodeur's record for most wins in a single season. He also recorded three shutouts, a 2.20 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

After his spectacular season, Holtby was also named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie. Should he win the Ted Lindsay Award, he will become the second player in franchise history to do so. Alex Ovechkin won the award in three consecutive seasons for 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

In addition to Holtby, Barry Trotz is a finalist for the Jack Adams Award and Ovechkin is a finalist for the Mark Messier Leadership Award. The winners will be announced during the 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 in what is shaping up to be a big night for him and the Capitals.

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