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Fishing Report: Change is in the air


Fishing Report: Change is in the air

This is the biggest transition of the season. As hydrilla dies it creates opportunities to reach fish, cooler temperatures make them more active.

Water temperature starts the week around 80. NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Only in the upper 70s for the beginning of the week. Overnight lows in the upper 50s. By week’s end, a warm up into the mid 80s and overnight lows in the 60s. Mostly sunny all week.”

There are two approaches to the hydrilla die off. First, hollow frogs over grassbeds, especially at lower tides on 60-pound GAMMA Torque braid. Look for floating dead grass over living mats. Walk slowly and stop and twitch over holes. The other technique is punching mats on sunny days. Small floating patches near docks or wood cover and close to the edge of thick living grass are good targets.

Otherwise, Lucky Craft BDS 4 big-bodied crankbaits in Shad patterns on 12-pound test GAMMA Edge are great to cover high tide water over grass. Contact the grass, lift and snap. The brief pause will trigger strikes. Use the same lift and pause with chatterjigs. Try different colors especially craw patterns. Use a Sharpie to black over the shiny metal blade. At lower tides, Mann's Baby 1-Minus can cover water.

At low tide and on hard edges, try shaky heads, Mizmo BarbWire 1/8-ounce heads with 5 inch Doodle worms on 10-pound test Edge tied to 20-pound Torque. Drop shot the same areas with the same line and baits.

 Avoid gin clear water. Stained water makes fish less wary and more likely to fall for an artificial lure.

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



Wayne Rooney converts ridiculous free-kick marking 10th MLS goal

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Wayne Rooney converts ridiculous free-kick marking 10th MLS goal

When England's all-time goalscorer signed on with D.C. United in June, the soccer community in the nation's capital was ignited. 

Shortly after the excitement came the questions. How much does he have left in the tank? Can he actually carry a struggling D.C. United squad? Is he up for the task? 

Wayne Rooney has responded. 

Through 18 MLS matches, the 32-year-old now has 10 goals. 

In the first half of Wednesday night's game against Toronto FC, Rooney broke a scoreless tie with this free-kick strike. 

DC United currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, on 44 points.




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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

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Fans, Redskins pay tribute to longtime NBC Sports Washington reporter Rich Tandler

NBC Sports Washington lost an important piece of its family this week when longtime Redskins reporter Rich Tandler died on Tuesday. He was 63.

Tandler joined NBC Sports Washington in 2011. He began his writing career in his 40s after working in restaurants and created his blog, Real Redskins, in 2004, which became the longest-running blog on the team. He also wrote three books on the Redskins and posted an estimated 2,300 consecutive “Need To Know” posts, becoming a must-read for Redskins fans as part of their morning routine.

“We’re devastated to learn of the loss of one of our most loved and valued media members, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington,” Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “His dedication to covering the Redskins over the past 14 years has made him an irreplaceable presence among our media corps, and he will be in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family, our family at NBC Sports Washington, and the entire Redskins community. He will be truly missed.”

The team will hold a moment of silence for Tandler before its game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and will keep his regular seat on press row empty. On Wednesday, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith offered his “thoughts and prayers to his family.”

“Rich’s kind and warm nature made him a good friend and an especially close colleague to many of us at NBC Sports Washington,” NBC Sports Washington General Manager Damon Phillips said in a statement. “His passion for his work and the Redskins was inspiring and made him a critical part of many of our successes over the past seven years. This is a very big loss for the sports community. Our thoughts are with his family and his many friends.”

Fans, Redskins players, fellow reporters, and friends of Tandler paid tribute to him on social media.

“Incredibly saddened by the sudden passing of NBCSW’s Rich Tandler. He was a great talent and an important voice in the DC sports community. Our thoughts are with his wife @MissSkeetersmom, his family and his family at @NBCSWashington,” Washington Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on Twitter.