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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.
John Wall is one of the best athletes at the point guard position in the NBA. You would know that by looking at his well-rounded stats over the years, or you could just watch this sequence in Sunday's game against the Utah Jazz.
Wall created two highlight reel plays on back-to-back possessions for the Wizards. First, he used a nasty crossover to get to the hoop and finish for two. Then, on a steal, he threw down an alley-oop tossed by Otto Porter.
Watch the two plays right here:
How many guys could do all of this in a span of about :30 seconds? And how many point guards? Not many.
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The Utah Jazz don't see the Wizards often as members of the Western Conference. They are more used to battling teams like the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. But that doesn't mean Jazz coach Quin Snyder is unaware of what makes the Wizards one of the best teams in the East.
Snyder, in fact, thinks the Wizards' guard combination of John Wall and Bradley Beal may be the best in the NBA.
"I would probably say they are the best backcourt. They fit each other so well. John Wall being able to score but also create and be mindful of his teammates. And then for Beal to have the ability to get a shot and get a bucket. Those two guys together are very, very difficult to play against," Snyder said.
As for Wall, it's his speed that really stands out to Snyder.
"The whole team has to run back or Wall will be laying it in."
As for Beal, who like Wall is having a career season, Snyder thinks his breakout year was a long time coming.
"I think he just got healthy. He's been a great player since he came in the league. It's no different than some of our guys. It's dealing with your health. That makes it harder. Everything is harder. I think we're seeing a guy who is the same guy, but has gotten better because he works at it. I think Scott [Brooks] does a great job with him. He's a heck of a coach. Clearly there is a comfort level that they have found as a team. In Beal's case, he's doing the things that he can do. There's no mystery to it, he's just a very, very good player."
Are Wall and Beal better than Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson? Clearly Snyder thinks a case can be made.
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