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Fishing Report: Fish are on the Drops

Steve Chaconas

Fishing Report: Fish are on the Drops


Very short days and longer nights have dropped water temperatures and fish are moving to steep drops.

Water temperature is settling in around 45 degrees, winter fishing.

NBC Ch. 4 meteorologist "Weather Kim" Martucci says, “Overnight lows below freezing into the teens through the week. High on Monday, with a chance of rain, and Tuesday around 50. Falling fast on Wednesday with 40 and mid 20s on Thursday. Around 30 into the weekend.

Break out ½-ounce silver Silver Buddy blade baits. Tie to 8-pound test GAMMA Copoly on a medium action rod. Locate the first drops from 3-5 feet into 8 feet or more. Cast to shallows and gently burp and allow baits to fall on semi slack line. Watch for line jumps, set the hook. Take care with fish as a lot of them will be big, so don't horse them.

Use suspending Lucky Craft Bevy Shads and Pointer 78DDs on 8-pound test with medium action rods. Casting gear, try Edge fluorocarbon, Copoly for spinning. Reel down a few feet and use slight taps with frequent pauses as long as 15 seconds followed by very slight taps.

Once fish depth is found, use 1/4-ounce ball head jigs with Mann's Stingray grub, 3 inch avocado color on 6-pound test leader on 15-pound GAMMA Torque braid. Gentle lifts and slow drops keep baits parallel to the bottom, staying in the strike zone. A spray of Jack's Juice gets fish to hold on longer.

Green pumpkin to junebug Mizmo tubes on the same line with a 1/4-ounce insert head fished the same the grub will also produce. Allow bait to glide horizontally and avoid hopping. Let baits sit between movements. Try shaking too.

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

The 11-best DMV beaches just a car ride away from Washington, DC

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The 11-best DMV beaches just a car ride away from Washington, DC

As increasing heat and humidity descends on the capital district, beach getaways will be in high demand. Whether you’ve lived in DC for years or are just in town for the summer, you will find yourself weighing a number of variables when deciding where you’ll make your escape to.

Each beach destination has their pros and cons, so we’ve compiled a list to help you sort things out.

From the bluffs of the Potomac to the coast of Delaware, these are the 11 best beaches within a one-day roundtrip of DC:

BEST: Sandy Point State Park

S Beach Rd, Annapolis, MD

Sandy Point is the ideal beach destination for DC residents. Just 39 miles (48 minutes) from Capitol Hill, this park’s beach is located right on the Chesapeake Bay and is lifeguarded from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The daily entrance fee is $5 for Maryland residents and $6 for out-of-state travelers. Fishing and crabbing is also permitted in designated areas.

Other Options…

2. Rehoboth Beach

Grenoble Pl, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2 hours and 33 minutes away, this is the closest DMV beach with Atlantic Ocean access and a full array of amenities, highlighted by a mile-long boardwalk with restaurants, arcade games, and a small amusement park. Crowned the “Nation’s Summer Capital,” this has been a popular getaway for generations of DC residents.

3. Point Lookout State Park

11175 Point Lookout Rd, Scotland, MD

Hidden on the southern tip of Maryland, this former Prisoner-of-War camp is now a beach and Civil War Museum. Just under two hours away, this state park features areas for swimming, fishing, an expansive campground and Point Lookout Lighthouse. It’s not your conventional water and sand beach, and the fee is $7 for out-of-state visitors, but it’s a nice contrast from the office.

4. Ocean City

Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD

Just down the road from Rehoboth, Ocean City is the premier beach spot for Maryland residents.  All beaches are free, with the Atlantic on one side and a number of restaurants, shops and resorts on the other.

5. Virginia Beach:

Oceanfront Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA

It's  the farthest of the DMV’s best beaches, but distance is the only con. A good four hours removed from the District, Virginia Beach is a chain of free beaches, each with its own style to fit your beachgoing needs. Resort Beach is the most crowded with both amenities and, consequently, people. Sandbridge offers far more privacy, while Chick’s Beach is known for being extremely family friendly for young children.

6. Assateague Island National Seashore:

National Seashore Ln, Berlin, MD

Wild ponies. Picturesque sunsets. A VSCO-lovers dream and another markee beach location within a drive of DC. The Maryland portion of the 37 mile long park is 138 miles, or 3 hours, away. Cost is steep for day-trippers – $10 for a seven-day vehicle pass – and the island’s only lodging is campsites, but this National Park should be on every DMV residents’ bucket list.

7. Westmoreland State Park

145 Cliff Road, Montross, VA

Another check in both the family-friendly and distance boxes is Westmoreland State Park. Entrance fees are $7 for Virginia residents and $10 for out-of-state visitors, a small tax to pay for priceless views from the bluffs overlooking the Potomac or the myriad of prehistoric fossils scattered throughout the shore. “Fossil Beach” is 1 hour, 54 minutes away and also features swimming pools, hiking trails and camping sites.

8. Lewes Beach

Bay Ave, Lewes, DE

Another beach town in close proximity to Rehoboth is Lewes Beach. Located 2 hours and 36 minutes away, this is a quaint beach town with plenty of history, restaurants and shops. The beaches are free and lead into the Delaware Bay, so there are little to no waves compared to Rehoboth.

9. Colonial Beach:

McKinney Blvd, Colonial Beach, VA

Voted USA Today’s No. 1 beach in Virginia in 2018, Colonial Beach is another ideal DMV antidote to the summer heat. This beach is an hour and 52 minutes away and has the second-longest accessible shore in Virginia, not to mention you can visit the birthplace of George Washington and James Madison and watch bald eagles nest. ‘Merica.

10. Breezy Point Beach:

Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD

Another beach town within an hour of DC is Breezy Point Beach. Located on the tame surf of the Chesapeake Bay, this destination features a free half-mile beach and a 200-ft pier for fishing and crabbing.

11. Dewey Beach: 

Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach, DE 

Day trips to this beach are not suggested unless you aren't the driver. This stretch of .3 square miles is littered with bars and clubs and has the unique advantage of Rehoboth Bay on one side and the ocean on the other. Just under 2.5 hours from Washington, this the spot for party-loving beachgoers. 

Whether you want a day off from work or a weekend with the whole family, these 11 DMV beaches and their surrounding towns have more than enough to keep you occupied this summer.



Beyond the Scoreboard: Change atop the Big Ten and more on DeMarcus Cousins' recovery


Beyond the Scoreboard: Change atop the Big Ten and more on DeMarcus Cousins' recovery

By Rick Horrow

Podcast edited by Tanner Simkins




- Kevin Warren, a trailblazer in the pro football ranks, will soon leave his mark on college sports. The Minnesota Vikings’ COO has been named the new Big Ten commissioner. He will replace Jim Delany, who is retiring in 2020 after 30 years at the helm. Warren has spent 21 years working in the NFL, the past 14 with the Vikings. In his new job, Warren becomes the Big Ten’s sixth commissioner and the first African-American to head one of college sports’ Power 5 conferences. Warren, 55, will succeed Jim Delany, who has been the Big Ten commissioner since 1989. Warren begins his new role on September 16. Delany will officially step down on January 1, 2020, following a 30-year career with the conference. A member of the Vikings for the past 20 years, the last four as COO, Warren has been the highest-ranking African-American executive working on the business side for an NFL team and the first African-American to hold that position in the pro football league. Warren, a Sport Business Handbook contributor, played a key role in the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium as well as the Vikings’ TCO Performance Center. 

- While some major league teams balk, the MiLB Iowa Cubs proactively expand netting. According to the Des Moines Register, team President and General Manager Sam Bernabe said the Cubs plan to extend the nets all the way down to both fouls poles for the start of next season. The move has been in the works for quite some time now, but the precautionary measure has become a national subject after Chicago Cubs outfields Albert Almora Jr. laced a line drive into the stands that hit and injured a young girl. The incident has prompted plenty of debate about whether more protected netting needs to be added to ballparks. As far as Bernabe is concerned, it’s not a debate. It will happen at Principal Park. Bernabe said his organization has been talking about making the move long before the scary situation occurred in Houston. Netting around parks reentered the forefront of the baseball safety conversation last week after Almora’s line drive into the stands. It’s great to see some clubs taking the matter into their own hands before the more cumbersome decision – often involving collective bargaining – is made at the major league level.

- Boogie-ing through injury, Cousins helps Warriors. By some estimates, DeMarcus Cousins’ torn Achilles tendon last season cost him at least $100 million because it happened right as he was entering free agency. As he rehabbed, Cousins joined the Warriors for a mere $5.3 million – "pennies in the NBA economy,” per the Los Angeles Times. While Cousins should be just fine, “In many orthopedic applications like Achilles or rotator cuff repair, with traditional materials like allograft or acellular dermis, you are limited to the void fractions, porosity, strength and bioactivity of the raw material,” said Jeff Conroy, CEO of Embody, whose goal is to restore peak performance for orthopedic patients through advanced regenerative technologies. “However, we are able to tune the attributes to mimic the native tissue intended to enhance cell remodeling with greater cell adhesion (tenocytes) and more tendon-like tissue formation. This is particularly beneficial in high demand applications like rotator cuff, ACL and Achilles repair where the re-tear rates far exceed an acceptable norm for surgeons or patients.” While Cousins is not an Embody patient, Conroy noted that Embody’s implantable devices can significantly improve patient outcomes in soft tissue surgical applications and get pro athletes back in record time.