This year's fall sports schedule is about to kick into full gear next week with volleyball, cross country and football -- yes, it's finally that time -- all joining golf and starting up for high schools in our coverage area.
You go to enough football camps and talk to enough football coaches, and sooner or later you'll hear all about players' "heads swimming" as they learn a new offense or defense, shift over to a new position, move up a level of competition or join a new program.
Mention crankbaiting and most anglers picture hefty baitcast reels, heavy line, stout rods and sore muscles at the day's end from hard reeling against the pressure of big-lipped lures. But there's another kind of diving plug, one that has proven its worth on a number of species in varied fishing conditions. And it's a lure that won't leave you sore at day's end from fishing it. That lure is the mini-crankbait.
As we approach hunting season, many people are still hoping to get in a food plot, but haven't begun yet. Don't worry. It's still not too late. In fact, this is the perfect time to put in many plant species. These fall into two broad categories -- cereal grains and brassicas.
If you like fishing, this is your time of year. Sure it's hot. But virtually every gamefish in fresh and saltwater is biting now. One type of fishing that you may have overlooked is fly fishing for largemouths. A lot of local anglers fly fish on the Shenandoah, but there's plenty of good long-rodding available for bigmouths, too. Lake Anna and the game department managed lakes nearby are good bets. But my first choice for catching largemouths on flies would be a farm pond of one-half acre or larger.
We Orioles fans really didn't expect it to last forever, did we? And no, I'm not referring to that dreadful four-game series against Kansas City as if it is the start of Baltimore getting back to its usually losing ways.
Last week we looked into some of the factors that need to be addressed if you want to create a food plot that provides nutrition to deer and also draws bucks out during shooting hours. One of the major ways to do that is to place or plant cover around the edges and even in the plot so that bucks feel secure using it in daylight.
If you want to create a food plot that provides nutrition to deer and also attracts mature bucks out into the open during shooting hours (with a camera or a gun), you need to think creatively. Forget your preconceived notions of what such a setup should look like. Picture-book plots with one plant growing lush and green from edge-to-edge won't accomplish this goal.