Fishing report: Passing Fronts!


Fishing report: Passing Fronts!

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By Steve Chaconas

October is a month of changes! Expect more with cold weather, falling water temperatures, and fast moving windy cold fronts. Fish the moment, as conditions will be changing! Make a lot of casts to cover water and keep baits around fish.

Water temperatures are sliding fast into the mid 50s. NBC 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “The week starts with overnight temps in the upper 40s, a bit of wind and a few showers in the low 70s. A front comes through on Tuesday dropping temperatures to the mid 60s. Sunny skies will dominate the rest of the week, highs only reaching the mid 60s and cooling into the 40s overnight. A few clouds and passing showers will arrive by Friday as daytime temperatures stay around 70.”

Versatility will be key this week. Basically, a cloudy day or early morning low light will allow moving lures. With early morning rising high tides, fish over grass with low light or over wood with sunny skies. Mann's Baby 1-Minus is a good high water choice, with the 1/4-ounce Mann's Classic able to run a bit deeper in early morning high tides.  Lucky Craft LVR D-7 will work over grass remnants at higher tides. Also try chatterbaits. Either braid or GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line will make it easier to snap these out of grass.

Stay with spinnerbaits as long as possible this week, slowing retrieves, especially in colder, muddier water. Take note of water temp, as it should warm 5 degrees by midday. In late afternoon as tides fall, if the moving bait bite slows, move to deeper cover, grass edges or wood and slow down with Mizmo tubes, drop shot and shaky head. These techniques are important with sunny high-pressure conditions rolling though. Fish tight to cover.

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It will take a while, but expect Kirk Cousins to sign long-term with Redskins, per analyst

It will take a while, but expect Kirk Cousins to sign long-term with Redskins, per analyst

All signs point to the Redskins again placing the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins, and the March 1 deadline to make that move grows ever closer.

The franchise tag, however, will not prevent the organization from making a long-term deal with the quarterback.

CBS' Jason La Canfora expects the Redkins to get a deal done with Cousins sometime this summer.

"Unlike last year, the Redskins will make a legit concerted effort to sign him to a fair-market deal (unlike the low-ball overtures of a year ago). And by July 15, I suspect Cousins has a long-term deal with Washington agreed to."


July 15 marks the deadline for teams to negotiate with tagged players. Last year, the Redskins hardly offered Cousins more money than was guaranteed by his one-year, $20 million contract dictated by the franchise tag.

This season, that figure jumps to $24 million.

There is some debate as to what will constitute a 'fair-market deal' for Cousins. Will the Redkins passer get to the Andrew Luck level, with more than $80 million guaranteed? Will the team use the non-exclusive tag and let Cousins see what his value is with other teams?

Nothing but questions and specualtion will dominate the Cousins conversation, at least until March 1 when the 'Skins are forced to use the tag or let the QB walk to the open market. That won't happen, but it is possible the team and Cousins reach a multi-year deal before then.

Don't plan on it. The NFL is a deadline driven league. March 1, and then July 15, could prove to be the most important days in the 2017 version of the Cousins saga. 


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Kings finally trade DeMarcus Cousins, deal him during All-Star Sunday

Kings finally trade DeMarcus Cousins, deal him during All-Star Sunday

NEW ORLEANS -- The saga between the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins finally is over as the three-time All-Star was traded to the Pelicans on Sunday night to the host city for the 66th All-Star Game.

Cousins played just two minutes and made a quick exit from the game with the West All-Stars.

As soon as he made a three-point shot, his night was complete.

Cousins, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, was acquired for a 2017 first-round, second-round pick, Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans.

Before the deal was consummated, Kentucky teammate John Wall had this response on Cousins teaming up with Anthony Davis: "Wooooo."

He paused, took a sip of his sports drink, and gasped. "I'm just going to drink on that one."

Cousins never led the Kings, a dysfuctional franchise since the day he was drafted in 2010, to the postseason.

They'd never won more than 33 games with Cousins and were 24-33 this season.

Cousins had career averages of 21.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in  six-plus seasons.

Davis scored 52 points Sunday en route to being the All-Star Game MVP. 

The Pelicans are 23-24 at the halfway point, just two games back of the Nuggets — and one game back of the Kings — for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.