Fishing pressure from several large tournaments, high winds, lots of rain and inconsistent tides made last week tough.
Water temperature is dropping into the low 60s and grass is still healthy but diminishing. Fish are eating. Keep on the move. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, "A beautiful fall week ahead. Highs close to 70 everyday with overnight lows in the mid to upper 40s. Some sun with wind picking up on Thursday and Friday."
Tides will be high in the morning. Start with deeper running lures to reach grass. Lucky Craft 1.5 cranks go about 3 feet. Touch grass and snap. Try grass edges at any tide, but with high water work the tops of grass. Creek mouth points or main river edges near channels are a good place to start.
Run Shad patterned Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lipless cranks over grass, catching it and snapping free. Run across grass points and edges. Try floating jerkbaits on 10-12 Edge fluorocarbon and make long casts. Jerk, jerk, jerk, pause. Keep it moving. When in grass, snap upward.
As tides fall, use double willow white skirted spinnerbaits during diminished light. Burn over grass. Also try white chatterjigs with white Mann's HardNose Reel N Shad trailers.
As tides drop, crank Mann's Baby 1-Minus on 12-pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line over grass and along grass edges. Find slightly stained water. The last two hours of falling tides are best for all presentations but lower tides are good for buzzbaits. Remove skirts and replace with Mann's HardNose Reel N Shad. Use 40-pound test GAMMA braided line and a 7-foot rod for long casts. For moving baits, go to faster Quantum EXO 7:1 casting reels.
Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. firstname.lastname@example.org
PITTSBURGH -- No. 1 Virginia allowed just seven points in the first half and secured the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title outright with a 66-37 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Freshman guard De'Andre Hunter came off the bench to lead the Cavaliers (26-2, 14-1 ACC) with 14 points in a game that didn't take big offensive efforts from Virginia's regulars. Of the five starters, only guard Ty Jerome exceeded his season average with 13 points.
The game was never competitive, as Virginia started on an 8-0 run and Pitt didn't make a field goal until Jared Wilson-Frame hit a 3-pointer at the midway point of the first half.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett rested most of his regulars in the second half. Reserve Nigel Johnson added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Parker Stewart led Pitt (8-22, 0-17) with 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Pitt had next to no presence inside. The Panthers were outscored 28-8 in the paint and out-rebounded 36-24. Seven of Pitt's 11 made field goals were from beyond the arc.
The Caps could not shake Buffalo for two periods, but a dominant finish on Saturday helped them pull away for a 5-1 win. Here's how they finally put away the Sabres.
A quick start
Strong starts go a long way towards helping a team in the middle of a slump. It's a confidence boost for a group in desperate need of one and the Caps got that boost on Saturday from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov used his wheels to zip in behind the defense and score just 50 seconds into the game. Washington led 1-0 at the end of the first, just the second time in 19 games they have held a lead after the opening 20 minutes.
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Andre Burakovsky snapping a second period slump
It looked in the second period like the Caps were caught trying to protect the lead again, but Andre Burakovsky woke the team back up with his incredible highlight end-to-end goal. It really looked like Buffalo was going to tie the game at one, but instead, Burakovsky extended the lead to two. Going end to end the way he did shows a player who is starting to play with some confidence, something Burakovsky has lacked for much of the season.
Ovechkin's two-goal third period
Buffalo would not go away. Sam Reinhart got the Sabres on the board just 14 seconds into the third period and suddenly the Caps found themselves in a one-goal game again. But Ovechkin ended any hopes for the comeback as he struck in the top corner of the net on the power play from the office. He would later add a deflection goal to extend the lead to 5-1, giving a scuffling Washington team the dominant win they so sorely needed.