Fishing Report: Settling in on fall fishing


Fishing Report: Settling in on fall fishing

Cooler water temperatures and no hydrilla. Get moving with crankbaits and spinnerbaits, targeting hard cover.

Water temperatures will hover in the low 50s this week. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Highs in the mid 60s this week with a cool overnight on Monday in the 40s to near 60 to start the rest of the week. Best chance of showers Thursday morning.”

Speed is key, a function of water temperature and clarity. Start with medium retrieves with Mann's Baby 1-Minus and squarebills like Lucky Craft 1.5 and 2.5 crankbaits. Use 12-pound test Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line on a medium action cranking rod. Contact hard cover and fish along the sides of docks and rip rap edges. Sunken barges heat up too.

Low tide comes during the heat of the day this week opening the opportunity to try topwaters one more time with calm water and a few clouds. Make long casts with a Lucky Craft G-Splash on 10-pound test Copoly line. Pop and stop to wait for fish to come up. Pulls instead of pops work well too.

Pitch docks with Texas rigged green pumpkin Mizmo tubes on 3/0 Mustad Ultra Point tube hooks. Use 12-pound Edge line with a 3/16-ounce weight. Start on deeper ends of docks. Also target shoreline cover. If around milfoil grass, pitch to remaining live clumps.

Spinnerbaits work as well, tied to 12-pound test Edge. Try 1/4 or 3/8 ounce gold Colorado blades around milfoil grass or wood cover. If water is clearer with cloud cover or chop, use a willow/Colorado combo and increase speed. White skirts in stained water. White and chartreuse skirts in clearer water.

Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River.

No. 16 UMBC shocks No. 1 Virginia to make NCAA history

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No. 16 UMBC shocks No. 1 Virginia to make NCAA history

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA Tournament history, defeating Virginia 75-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed.

Virginia entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition.

But the Cavaliers couldn't get anything generated on offense and the nation's top-ranked defense couldn't contain American East Conference champions.

The 74 points were the most Virginia had allowed this year.

Lyles was the catalyst.

He diced up Virginia's defense in the second half, getting the hole easily on six different occasions and making easy layups. He also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as UMBC built a 16-point lead.

Lyles finished with 23 of his points in the second half and Joe Sherburne finished with 14 points.

The game was tied at halftime, but the Retrievers came out confident and motivated in the second half and built a double-digit lead that Virginia could never erase.

Sherburne scored on an and-one drive and then knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key after a behind-the-back pass from KJ Maura. After Virginia made a foul shot, the shifty 5-foot-8, 140-pound Maura drove the lane for uncontested layup.

A Tony Bennett timeout couldn't stop the bleeding, as Lyles hit two more 3's and Sherburne hit one to extend UMBC's lead to 14 with 14:57 left in the game. Lyles was fouled on a 3-point shot and suddenly the Retrievers led by 16.

A corner 3-pointer and a layups off a fastbreak by Arkel Lamer gave UMBC its biggest lead at 67-48. From there, the party was on as chants of "UMBC" rang through the arena.

It was yet another early exit for the Cavaliers in a season that seemed to hold so much promise.


UMBC: Despite being undersized and unknown, they shocked the world and made history with an epic game.

Virginia: This isn't the first time Virginia has struggled as the No. 1 seed. The Cavaliers trailed by five at halftime in 2014 to Coastal Carolina but went on to win 70-59.


UMBC: Will face No. 9 seed Kansas State on Sunday in the second round.

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Kuznetsov to be evaluated Saturday after leaving Islanders game with "upper body" issue

Kuznetsov to be evaluated Saturday after leaving Islanders game with "upper body" issue

The Capitals may have won the game Friday against the New York Islanders, but now they will wait to see if they also suffered a significant loss.

Kuznetsov left the game in the third period after taking a slash from Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey which sent him sliding head-first into the boards. The team labeled the issue as “upper body” when it was announced he would not return to the game.

Head coach Barry Trotz was tight-lipped afterward on Kuznetsov’s status.

“They're going to re-evaluate him tomorrow and we'll have some clarity hopefully tomorrow,” he said.


You can see the play here:

When Kuznetsov is first slashed he immediately reacts. His feet then catch the stick of goalie Jaroslav Halak which sends him tripping and sliding hard into the boards. He sat on the ice for several minutes afterward and was looked at by the trainer before getting to his feet and slowly making his way to the locker room.

When asked after the game what he felt about the slash, Trotz said only, “Hockey play.”

One of the Capitals’ biggest strengths as a team is their depth down the middle. Any injury to a center, considering it is arguably the most important skating position on the ice, would be significant. An injury to the team’s top-line center would be even more costly.

Kuznetsov leads the team with 28 assists and ranks second in both goals (21) and points (69).