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Big fish are being caught and if the weather holds up, this could be one of the best weeks of the year.
Water temperature is in the upper 60s. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Looks like a cloudy and rainy week, with highs on Monday around 80, slipping into the mid 60s on Tuesday and bouncing between 65-70 into the weekend.”
While aggressive baits like Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lipless crankbaits are good to snap free from grass and slow rolling spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits will also produce, it's soft plastics in the grass that will land the big ones consistently. Texas rigged Mizmo tubes, green pumpkin with orange will be the best bet. Use 16-pound test GAMMA Edge Fluorocarbon line and a 3/16-ounce weight with a 3/0 Mustad tube hook. Pitch to grass and shake. Locate groups of milfoil clumps of 3 or more and pitch into the center. Also pitch along side of the clumps with the current. Add a spray of attractants like Jack's Juice garlic.
Drop shot rigs with 6-8 inch leaders using a 20-pound Torque braid mainline and a 12-pound Edge leader. A 2/0 Mustad Megabite hook and a finesse worm will entice bedding bass into biting. Also a shaky head stickworm with a Mizmo BarbWire jig head will keep baits in beds to provide hits.
On wood, I still use the plastics, but add in a dose of Mann's Baby 1-Minus crankbaits on 12-14 pound Edge. Crank these baits along lay downs and make contact. Pause and retrieve.
With boat traffic, lower Power Pole shallow water anchors and turn off electronics. Make repeated casts in an area before moving.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. email@example.com
Four Maryland Terrapins are among the players who have been invited to the 2016 NBA Combine, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com and multiple other outlets. Those four are Robert Carter, Jr., Diamond Stone, Jake Layman, and Melo Trimble.
Carter and Stone both chose to forfeit their remaining college eligibility and sign with agents during the draft process, while Layman expended his four years of eligibility at Maryland and signed an agent. That leaves just Trimble with a decision to make after he chose to declare for the draft but chose not yet to hire an agent.
The Combine takes place May 11-15 in Chicago. Trimble will have 10 days after that, until May 25, to decide whether he will remain in the draft or rescind his name and return to Maryland for his junior season.
DraftExpress.com currently projects Trimble as the No. 36 overall pick in the draftt, meaning he is slated as a second-round pick.
After a draft that featured a whopping 11 players, the Ravens should be better, and they are. We’re all guessing at this point, but I’d give them a B grade for this draft. Here are five takeaways Ravens’ which should explain why I like their draft, but can’t love it at this point:
1. The Ravens attacked their need for pass rushers
Unless the Ravens missed in the second-round (OLB Kamalei Correa), the third-round (DE Bronson Kaufusi), and the fifth-round (DE Matt Judon), their pass rush will improve. With those three, along with Elvis Dumervil and Za’Darius Smith, the Ravens can get after quarterbacks even if Terrell Suggs is not the same after his second Achilles injury.
2. Not taking a cornerback sooner could haunt the Ravens
They need corner help, but did not get any until drafting Tavon Young of Temple (fourth-round) and Maurice Canady (sixth round). If those two are slow to develop, the Ravens could find themselves scrambling to find cornerback help in August, especially if there is an injury or two at that position.
3. More playmakers should make the Ravens more explosive
The pass rushers on defense should create more turnovers. And keep an eye on running back Kenneth Dixon (fourth round) and wide receiver Chris Moore (fourth round). Dixon is shifty, and he has good hands. Moore is a deep threat with superb ball skills. Both have the potential to be Sunday playmakers, not only in 2016, but beyond.
4. Taking either pass rusher Noah Spence or inside linebacker Miles Jack would have given this draft more star potential
After Laremy Tunsil’s gas mask video surfaced, I agreed with the Ravens’ decision to take left tackle Ronnie Stanley at No. 6. But the Ravens may regret passing on both Spence and Jack in the second round. After wide receiver Breshad Perriman missed all of last season with a knee injury, it’s hard to blame the Ravens steering clear of Jack due to his knee issues. But without Jack, the Ravens still need help at inside linebacker next to C. J. Mosley. As for Spence, maybe the Ravens’ background check told them it was too risky to take him, after he left Ohio St. for Eastern Kentucky due to drug issues (ecstasy). But Spence went No. 39 to the Buccaneers, and if he becomes a double-digit sack artist immediately, that will be tough for Ravens fans to watch.
5. Keenan Reynolds could be much more than just a popular sixth-round pick
Ravens’ officials had tears in their eyes talking about the reaction of former Navy star Reynolds, after he received the Ravens’ phone call. It’s a feel-good story, but it could be much more. Reynolds has all the traits to be a dynamic punt returner – toughness, vision, open-field quickness, and sound judgment. Reynolds usually makes the most of an opportunity. Don’t be surprised if he does it again.