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Fishing Report: The Bass Season is Underway

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Fishing Report: The Bass Season is Underway

Finally, stable warmer water temperatures have fish on the shallow flats near their deeper winter haunts. Water clarity will dictate approach in areas with grass or wood cover.

Looks like mid to upper 50-degree water. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Let's say goodbye to the cold weather. Low 50s for Monday and upper 70s by Thursday. A dry week ahead with a Chance of showers and a slight cooling for the weekend."

In clear water, cast suspending Lucky Craft Pointer 100 jerkbaits in clown patterns on 10 pound test GAMMA Edge fluorocarbon line. Slight taps and pauses to provoke strikes. With shallow areas downsize to the Pointer 78. Work over grassy areas or along sides of weed. Make repeated casts to wood.

Over grass, red Lucky Craft LVR D-7 lipless cranks work well when snapped and paused over grass, in areas without grass, try slowly crawling Lucky Craft LV-500 lipless cranks along the bottom. Cast both on 12-pound test Edge.

Target dock pilings with shaky head stickworms. Try black ones on Mizmo 3/8-ounce BarbWire heads. Using 8 pound test Edge, pitch to pilings and shake. Let them sit, watching line for movement. Also keep Mann’s Stingray grubs on ¼ ounce ball head jigs tied on. Soak soft plastics in garlic Jack’s Juice Bait Spray.

Also give Mann's Classic spinnerbaits a try. Use willow/Colorado 3/8-ounce with white skirts for open flats, cast and slowly drag on the bottom. For cover, with cloudy skies or stained water, use a ¼-ounce gold Colorado/Indiana with a white skirt and slowly retrieve around grass or wood cover. Use 12-pound test Edge.

Capt. Steve Chaconas is a guide on the Potomac River. info@nationalbass.com

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Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard out against Wizards

Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard out against Wizards

The Wizards will catch a break on Saturday night when they host the Toronto Raptors in the second game of their regular season, as Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard is being held out due to rest.

Leonard, who has been dominant so far for the 2-0 Raptors, is being limited in back-to-backs after he missed 73 games last season due to a quadriceps injury. The Raptors played the night before against the Celtics.

With Leonard out, the Raptors will likely rely on C.J. Miles and O.G. Anunoby at the small forward position. Shooting guard Delon Wright is also out with a shoulder injury.

Though Leonard and Wright are out of the mix, Toronto still has plenty of talent including All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry is averaging 21 points, seven assists and 3.5 rebounds through two games. 

Serge Ibaka has been their third-leading scorer with 15 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds. They also acquired Danny Green in the Leonard deal and he's off to a strong start with 12.5 points and five rebounds per game.

Leonard's absence may be noticed more on the defensive end, as he is one of the best in the NBA on the perimeter. That could make things a bit easier for Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr.

The Wizards and Raptors next play on Nov. 23. That game is in Toronto.

 

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'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

Zach Brown is a fearless player. Turns out, Zach Brown's dad is pretty fearless, too.

That first statement is one you can confirm by watching the Redskins linebacker play each time he takes the field, often times hurt.

The second statement, on the other hand, was confirmed earlier this week in an interview between Brown and JP Finlay about the Washington-Dallas rivalry.

"It got under our skin, knowing we got swept by them [last year]," the defender told Finlay after a weekday practice. "You just hate to go back home and hear them talk so much trash."

The leader of the brave "them" who actually taunt a 250-pound LB following a loss? Oh, just Brown's father, who's a diehard Cowboys supporter.

"My dad was giving it to me," he said while looking back on the 2017 season. "I said, 'Don't worry about it. Next year's gonna be a different movement.'"

"I'm gonna talk trash at the end of this season," Brown added. "It's a house divided."

Adrian Peterson knows what Brown's talking about. The Texas native even went as far as to break down exactly how his own house is divided.

According to him, 75-percent of his family are all about the Cowboys, 10-percent are looking for him to put up good numbers in a 'Boys victory and the final 15-percent have converted to the burgundy and gold.

Rookie corner Greg Stroman can relate as well. The Virginia kid who'll be making his debut in the series he's very familiar with said his grandma and her relatives fall on both sides of the matchup.

Stroman does have one advantage over Brown and Peterson, though. Unlike the two veterans, he was able to get his entire family's rooting interests in order for Sunday, at least.

"They all bought in now," he said.

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