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Posted By The Bass Hog

April 22, 2017--James K. Shinn of New Castle, DE won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series Maryland tournament, held April 22nd on the Chesapeake Bay.

Running out of Anchor Boats Marina near North East, Maryland, the New Castle, Delaware angler caught five bass weighing 21.33 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.49 pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Shinn took home a check for $5,000.

“I stayed on the grass flats all day,” Shinn said. “I was fishing in 3 to 7 feet of water.” His fish were caught on a ¾ oz. rattle trap, a slow retrieve was the ticket.

In second for the boaters, Adam Janerella of Jersey Shore, PA. Adam landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing in at 21.00 pounds with a 4.24-pound kicker. He collected $1,250 for the effort.

“I was fishing the flats, slow rolling a dirty jig swim jig, black and blue with a blue trailer” Janerella said.

Timothy Reams of Morgantown, WV took third for the boaters with five bass weighing 20.48 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.33-pound kicker to earn $900.

Reams said “I fished the grass flats all day slow rolling a White and Chartreuse chatter bait. “

Finishing fourth, David Kovack of Lancaster, PA landed a five-bass limit for 19.94 pounds including a 5.16-pound kicker.

John Vanore of Mullica Hill, NJ rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 17.44 pounds topped by a 6.28-pound kicker.

The biggest bass for the boaters was caught, by John Vanore of Mullica Hill, NJ that weighed 6.29 pounds.  Vanore pocketed $660 for his fish.

In the Co-Angler Division, Cherif A. Zaher of Orangeville, PA won with three bass weighing 13.60 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.69-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,700.

“I was slow rolling a white and blue chatter bait over the grass flats." Zaher said.

Taking second for the co-anglers, John C. Doran Jr. of Millersville, MD. Doran Jr. brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 12.62 pounds including a 4.73-pound kicker. He collected $650 for the effort.

Doran said “I was also fishing the grass flats with a black and blue chatter bait."

David T. Williams of Fredericksburg, VA placed third among the co-anglers with three bass weighing 10.98 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.06-pound kicker to earn $450.

Williams said “I was fishing wood with a 3/16 black shaky head and had all of my fish within the first two hours of the morning. “

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Kenneth L. Henderson of Milford, VA brought in three bass for 11.16 pounds.

Andy Jones of Pittman, NJ finished in fifth place with three bass at 10.42 pounds topped by a 6.89-pound kicker.

The biggest bass for the co-anglers was caught by: Andy Jones of Pittman, NJ that weighed 6.89 and Andy pocketed $290 for his fish.

Slated for May 13th, the next divisional tournament will be held on the Potomac river out of Smallwood state park near Marbury Maryland. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship, slated for the Red River in Shreveport-Bossier Louisiana in April 2018.

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Tom Bateman of La Plata, MD won the Maryland Division Ram Weekend Bass Series Two-Day Championship at the Potomac River on September 12-13, 2015. Bateman weighed in a two-day total of 29.75 pounds to take home $1381 and $300 from the High Stakes Option Pot. He used a Rico popper and a Senko in two feet of stained water for his win.

Jesepth Hughes of Stafford, VA finished in second place with a two-day total of 27.44 pounds winning $701. "I stayed in one spot for two days, grinding it out with a frog and a Senko, over the grass. I was using the Senko wacky style and Texas rigged," said Hughes.

Hart Hall of Alexandria, VA was the co-angler champion of the Potomac two-day event. Hall had a two-day total of 16.32 pounds and the 5.52 pound Co-angler Big Bass to win $691, $65 from the Big Bass Pot, and $150 from the High Stakes Option Pot. He also takes home the 2015 Co-angler AOY title of the Maryland division. Hart used a Spro Bronzeye frog, a 3/8 ounce white/chart. Z-Man Chatterbait, and a purple finesse worm in grassy areas with four feet of water. Most of his bites came during tide changes.

Thomas Mclean of Reston, VA finished in second place on the co-angler side with a two-day total of 14.07 pounds winning $350 and $100 from the High Stakes Option Pot.

Kenneth Henderson of Fredericksburg, VA was the third place co-angler with a two-day total 10.21 pounds winning $237. "I caught all of my fish both days on a wacky rigged four inch green pumpkin Senko on 10 pound test line in shallow water," said Henderson.

Jonathan Marlow (The Bass Hog) finished in fith place on the co-angler side and qualified for the Ray Scott National Championship in March 2016 at Lake Hartwell, SC.

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

NATCHITOCHES, La. — Hometown heroes John Ledet and Justin Cooper of Northwestern State University brought in the biggest bag of the final day weighing 17-0 to take home the title of 2015 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops champions with a three-day total of 30-9.
 
In addition to their win on the Red River, Ledet and Cooper qualify for the 2015 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship along with the remainder of the Top 14 teams from the Central Regional.
 
“The good Lord blessed us today,” Cooper said. “We went into some spots that I’ve had a lot of success in before, and we just caught them.”
 
After starting the event off a little slow with only two fish for 6-15, it was apparent that the local favorites going into the event were around the right quality of fish. However, the brutal cold front that moved in on the final day of practice was something that, local or not, made catching numbers of fish on Thursday very difficult.
 
On Friday, Ledet and Cooper brought in three fish for 6-10 and found themselves in seventh place headed into the final day. Their 17-0 Saturday weight was the second biggest bag of the entire tournament and enough to rocket Northwestern State to the top of the leaderboard and grant them a win by a margin of 4 pounds.
 
“The first two days we tried to wait out our prespawn fish that we had found, but they wouldn’t bite fast enough,” Ledet said. “Then today we decided we had to change things up if we wanted to win this thing. We started to run and gun and finally ran into a school of fish that wanted to bite.”
 
Ledet and Cooper caught most of their limit today fishing a flat filled with lily pad stems in the Little Jungle. Their kicker, a big female weighing 6-2, came off that same flat. 
 
“I caught that fish on a 3 1/2-inch V&M Baby Split Tail Beaver in about 5 feet of water next to a sunken duck blind,” Cooper said.
 
Evan Smith and Aaron Sarna of Arkansas Tech University finished the Central Regional in second place making a big move on the final day with a 12-0 bag that gave them a total of 26-9 for three days.
 
Dwight Camp and Jonathan Furlong of Southeastern Oklahoma University fell to third place on the final day after taking the lead on Day 2 with the Bass Pro Nitro Big Bag of the event weighing 17-8 and worth a $250 Bass Pro Shops gift card.  Their final round weight of four fish for 5-7 brought their three-day total to 25-3.
 
The 6-10 lunker caught by Hunter Leppert and Cole Eubanks of Arkansas Monticello on Day 2 held on to the Carhartt Big Bass honors for the Central Regional. The team will be awarded a $500 Carhartt gift card.
 
The Livingston Lures Leader Award of a $250 gift card will be awarded to Ledet and Cooper.
 
For a complete list of Saturday’s results, photos and video from on the water, visit Bassmaster.com.
 
Local hosts for the event include the City of Natchitoches, the Red River Waterway Commission and Northwestern State University.
  

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Standard opinion among the anglers fishing the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open #1 presented by Allstate was that the tournament couldn’t be won on Toho.

If you wanted big bass, Kissimmee was the place to fish.

Chad Morgenthaler proved them wrong, spending all three days on the host lake and rallying from ninth place to win the season opener.

In a tournament laced with some of Florida’s top anglers, the Coulterville, Ill., veteran Elite Series pro sneaked into the back door with a big sack on a day when the frontrunners struggled.

His last-day catch of 22 pounds, 3 ounces was more than enough to carry him to the top and give him a 52-7 total.

Kissimmee expert Bobby Lane, who had the second biggest bag of the day (14 pounds), finished second with 48-13, and Todd Auten of South Carolina was third with 48-1. Gerald Swindle of Alabama and second-day leader Brandon McMillan rounded out the Top 5 with 46-9 and 46-4, respectively.

“Being hard-headed and staying on Toho was really a key to my success,” said Morgenthaler, who punched his ticket to the 2016 Bassmaster Classic, providing he fishes the remaining two Southern Opens. “Everyone said you can’t win on Toho, but all of my big fish in practice came up here.”

He stuck with one bait all three days — a Missile D Bomb soft plastic creature bait — that he pitched into isolated cover in 3 to 4 feet of water far offshore. The color was bruiser flash, a black/blue variety.

“It’s a good mid-sized bait, so I didn’t have to worry about whether it was too big or too small, and it would slither through the matted vegetation easily,” he explained.

He rigged it with a 3/0 straight shank Gamakatsu heavy flipping hook and a 1 1/2-ounce tungsten weight. Most anglers use 4/0 hooks with the D Bomb, he noted, but switching to the 3/0 improved his catch ratio considerably.

“I was targeting the main-lake areas that the fish were moving to from the wintering holes,” Morgenthaler described. “These were fish just starting to move up and the cold fronts we’d been having were holding them back. Some guys were catching fish that moved up but I suspected the majority of big fish were still in transition. The sunny, warm day today put them right where I was fishing.”

The victory earned him more than $48,533, including a Nitro Z9 bass boat and tandem Nitro trailer rigged with a Mercury 225 Pro XS, Minn Kota Maxxum Trolling Motor and Lowrance HDS-7C electronics.

Floridian Alan Agnoli blew out the co-angler division with 32 pounds, 3 ounces, while Robbie Anderson of Crystal River, Fla., was second with 22-11. Terry Law of Tavares, Fla., was third with 22-3. Agnoli, who caught 17 pounds, 11 ounces (three fish) to take the second-round lead on Friday, won a Nitro Z7 bass boat rigged with a Mercury 150 Pro XS, Nitro Single Axle Trailer, Minn Kota Maxxum Trolling Motor and Lowrance Mark 5X electronics.

 

Also Saturday, B.A.S.S. issued the following statement:
"Based on an investigation of an incident Friday during the tournament on Lake Tohopekaliga, B.A.S.S. today disqualified two anglers from the event. Pursuant to B.A.S.S. rules, Ish Monroe of Hughson, Calif., and Keith Poche of Pike Road, Ala., were disqualified from the Open. Additional penalties for both anglers may be imposed pending the outcome of additional investigations that are ongoing at this time. Because of those investigations, B.A.S.S. will not comment further on the decisions."

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Royal Purple pro Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, TX hangs on t o the lead after day three of the Ray Scott Championship. Co llins brought in 14.40 pounds today bringing his three day tot al to 41.84 pounds. He currently holds a 5.44 pound lead over second place. "It was slower for me today, but I did get m y five pound kicker that I needed. I didn't get my limit until around 10:30 this morning. I'm sticking with my same pattern tomorrow. I feel good and I think I can do it one more time tomorrow," said Collins.

Second place after day three belongs to Sam Boss of Paducah, KY wit h a three day total of 36.40 pounds. He has been super super consistent this week weighing in bags around the 11 and 12 pound mark each day.  If the leader's pattern holds, Boss will need a big bag to take the lead on the final day.

George Baucom of Charlotte, NC held on to the co-angler lead after the third day.  His three day total of 26.43 pounds has him ahead of second place by over six pounds. "I had a super boater today and he took me where I wanted to go. The fish didn't bite like yesterday and it was cold and windy all day. I'm looking forward to fishing with Albert Collins tomorrow," said Baucom.

The second place co-angler spot on Day Three belongs to Harry Peyton of Decatur, AL with a total of 20.36 pounds. I found some good fish and I'm hoping that my boater might take me to them at some point tomorrow. I will head out tomorrow and swing for the fences," said Peyton.

Complete Day Three results can be found at this link.

The weigh ins will be held each afternoon at 3pm. Live coverage will be available online for the final three days of competition. Thursday - Saturday. Visit www.americanbassanglers.com for a link to live video feed starting Thursday at 3pm.

Vendors from around the country will be making their way to participate in the Ray Scott Championship Expo at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion on Friday 10:00 am & 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am & 6:00 pm. The free admission, indoor expo will include such companies as Triton Boats, Carlisle Tire and Wheel, Odyssey Batteries, Royal Purple Lubricants, Garmin Electronics, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Livingston Lures, Navionics, Hammer Rods, Strikezone Lures, Bill Lewis Lures, Duckett Fishing, Gamma Fishing Line, and Luck E Strike Lures. Many vendors will have special deals and door prizes that expo attendees can take advantage of.

The Weekend Bass Series Championship was renamed the Ray Scott Championship in honor of B.A.S.S. founder and fishing icon, Ray Scott. The week long event includes four competition days, a $100,000 top prize, and a two day outdoors expo.

Ray Scott Championship anglers can cash in on contingency programs such as Triton Gold, Atlas Awards, Garmin Grand Giveaway, and Mercury/Motorguide bonus money during this event.

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.           


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

(Athens, AL) Championship anglers launched from Ingalls Harbor on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Alabama this morning and were met with a big change in temperature. At safe light the tempature was 34 degrees with a wind chill of 30 degrees, a major change from a comfortable 70 degrees yesterday.

The anglers are competing for a$100,000 first place prize at the inaugural Ray Scott Championship. Ray Scott spoke to the anglers last night at the pairing and safety briefing and encouraged them to compete like champions.

The field is made up of anglers from all over the country and represent 20 different divisions.

The weigh ins will be held each afternoon at 3pm. Live coverage will be available online for the final three days of competition. Thursday – Saturday. Visit www.americanbassanglers.com for a link to live video feed starting Thursday at 3pm.

The 2014 Ray Scott Championship is hosted by the Decatur-Morgan Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Vendors from around the country will be making their way to participate in the Ray Scott Championship Expo at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion on Friday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. The free admission, indoor expo will include such companies as Triton Boats, Carlisle Tire and Wheel, Odyssey Batteries, Royal Purple Lubricants, Garmin Electronics, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Livingston Lures, Navionics, Hammer Rods, Strikezone Lures, Bill Lewis Lures, Duckett Fishing, Gamma Fishing Line, and Luck E Strike Lures. Many vendors will have special deals and door prizes that expo attendees can take advantage of.

Special guests of the expo include: Bill Dance, Ray Scott, Elite Series pros Boyd Duckett, David Mullins, and Brandon Card, and FLW pro Casey Martin.

The Weekend Bass Series Championship was renamed the Ray Scott Championship in honor of B.A.S.S. founder and fishing icon, Ray Scott. The weeklong event includes four competition days, a $100,000 top prize, and a two day outdoors expo.

Ray Scott Championship anglers can cash in on contingency programs such as Triton Gold, Atlas Awards, Garmin Grand Giveaway, and Mercury/Motorguide bonus money during this event.

About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the Military Team Bass Tournament, and the 100% Plus Team Tour visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

American Bass Anglers, Inc. is supported by Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple Lubricants, Carlisle Tires, Odyssey Batteries, Dolphinite, Wicked Pissah Lures, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, Best Western Hotels, Simms Clothing, Garmin, North American Fishing Club, Maui Jim, and Power Pole.


  Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

After an unfortunate turn of events first thing this morning, Dustin Smith of Mt. Dora, FL still managed to lead Day One with a 14.30 pound limit along with the 5.99 pound Big Bass. A broken throttle cable on his initial run changed Smith's plan completely.  "After I broke down, I immediately started searching for some aggressive fish, while trying to figure out how to make it back to weigh in.  Thankfully, the ABA staff was able to help get me in to weigh in around 12:30 today and The Boat House in Athens was able to get my boat repaired.  I'm ready for tomorrow and I think I can still catch them on Day Two.  I would like to give a huge thank you to ABA and The Boat House for all of their help," said Smith.

Second place on Day One belongs to Chad Hicks of Rockville, VA with 14.10 pounds.

Jeff Loach of Chickamauga, GA is leading the co-angler side with 10.54 pounds.  Loach did not want to talk about his main bait or pattern on Day One.  "I had a great partner today.  I think I have the bait, but I just don't know if I can catch the same size fish tomorrow," said Loach.

The 6.02 pound co-angler Big Bass was caught by Clyde Whiteside of Forrest City, NC.  Whiteside is sitting in second place with 9.20 pounds.

Complete Day One results can be found at this link.

The weigh ins will be held each afternoon at 3pm. Live coverage will be available online for the final three days of competition. Thursday – Saturday. Visit www.americanbassanglers.com for a link to live video feed starting Thursday at 3pm.

The 2014 Ray Scott Championship is hosted by the Decatur-Morgan Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Vendors from around the country will be making their way to participate in the Ray Scott Championship Expo at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion on Friday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. The free admission, indoor expo will include such companies as Triton Boats, Carlisle Tire and Wheel, Odyssey Batteries, Royal Purple Lubricants, Garmin Electronics, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Livingston Lures, Navionics, Hammer Rods, Strikezone Lures, Bill Lewis Lures, Duckett Fishing, Gamma Fishing Line, and Luck E Strike Lures. Many vendors will have special deals and door prizes that expo attendees can take advantage of.

Special guests of the expo include: Bill Dance, Ray Scott, Elite Series pros Boyd Duckett, David Mullins, and Brandon Card, and FLW pro Casey Martin.

The Weekend Bass Series Championship was renamed the Ray Scott Championship in honor of B.A.S.S. founder and fishing icon, Ray Scott. The week long event includes four competition days, a $100,000 top prize, and a two day outdoors expo.

Ray Scott Championship anglers can cash in on contingency programs such as Triton Gold, Atlas Awards, Garmin Grand Giveaway, and Mercury/Motorguide bonus money during this event.

About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the Military Team Bass Tournament, and the 100% Plus Team Tour visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

PDF link to day one results:  http://www.americanbassanglers.com/BWS/RSCDay1.pdf

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Athens, Al - Richard Newton of Stafford, VA weighed in 5 fish tipping the scales at 16.67 pounds to win the Weekend Bass Series Maryland event 2014-07-19 on Potomac.

"I guess when it's your day it's just your day.  After a month of having these fish located all the conditions were just right to finally do well in the area I was fishing.  The tide and cloud cover made for perfect conditions to catch numerous big fish in the area I was fishing.  All my fish came on topwater frog baits.  Unfortunately, I am having issues with one of my livewells and by 9 AM I noticed my fish were is serious distress.  I decided to call it a day and called the tournament director to arrange for an early weigh in.  By the time I got back to the launch area my three smaller fish had died and one of my big fish was in trouble.  After only fishing for three hours I was extremely fortunate that my weight held up for the win."

The Stafford Virginia antique dealer weighed in five fish that weighed 18.17 pounds before penalties, including two fish over six pounds.


Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:
 

1 Richard Newton 5 16.67 250 $2014
2 Kermit C. Crowder 5 16.16 249 $ 920
3 Rodney Oberdick 5 16.00 248 $ 607
4 Jason M. Tibbetts 5 14.04 247 $ 422
5 Jessie D. Moore 5 14.03 246 $ 360
6 Jesepth R. Hughes 5 13.58 245 $ 190
7 Michael A. Callahan 5 13.25 244 $ 190
8 Daniel Jeffers 5 12.99 243 $ 190
9 Michael A Phillips 5 12.77 242

$ 0

10

Omari Hopkins Navies

5 12.19 241 $ 0


The Boater Big Bass was caught by: Richard Newton 6.48 pounds

Contact the tournament manger Gary Conner at 256-230-5627.

Courtesy of ABA/David Hagood.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

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(Athens, AL.) - American Bass Anglers announced today that Royal Purple, manufacturer of premium high performance synthetic oil and lubricant products, will continue its sponsorship of American Bass Anglers. As a tour sponsor, Royal Purple is the exclusive and official oil and lubricant products of the American Bass Anglers and will be represented at all ABA events.

 

For the past nine years, Royal Purple has supported anglers who fish the American Bass Anglers American Fishing Tour, Weekend Bass Series and American Couples Series. By renewing its sponsorship, Royal Purple will present the Royal Treatment program, rewarding participants with its premium products and other prizes. Royal Purple will also provide highest placing program participants with win rewards, monthly drawings and year end rewards.

 

“American Bass Anglers is very proud to have a partner like Royal Purple supporting the grass root anglers and as a Top Level Tour Sponsor,” said Morris Sheehan, ABA President. “Royal Purple has been a dedicated supporter of weekend anglers for nine years and both anglers and consumers alike realize Royal Purple manufactures the best synthetic oil and lubricant products on the market. Royal Purple marine 2-cycle oil and Max-Gear consistently outperforms other lubricants by reducing heat and wear while increasing performance. Without a doubt Royal Purple is the best and we are proud to have them as sponsor of American Bass Anglers and to continue their support of the weekend angler.”

“We are pleased to partner with American Bass Anglers again this season. The organization and anglers have become strong brand ambassadors for Royal Purple throughout the years not only for our marine products, but our entire line of synthetic high performance products,” said Randy Fisher, Royal Purple Marketing Director.

Now available for boaters is Royal Purple’s fuel system cleaner and fuel stabilizer Max-Clean. As a fuel stabilizer, Max-Clean prevents emulsion and oxidation. It contains demulsifiers that allow already phase-separated fuel to be combusted without doing harm. Max-Clean also contains rust inhibitors that protect metals against corrosion and powerful detergents that will fully remove the deposits that form in fuel systems, regardless if the vehicle is used as a daily driver or stored during the off season.

 

For more details on how to participate in the Royal Purple Royal Treatment program, see www.americanbassanglers.com/BWS/RoyalPurpleRoyalTreatment.php. For more information about ABA, call 256-232-0406 or visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

About Royal Purple: Royal Purple manufactures synthetic products for numerous industrial and consumer needs. Join Royal Purple on Facebook at facebook.com/officialroyalpurple and Twitter @Royal_Purple. For more information on Royal Purple or its products, contact Royal Purple via mail at One Royal Purple Lane, Porter, TX 77365; by calling 888-382-6300; or by visiting www.royalpurpleconsumer.com.

 

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
The Maryland Division 21 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will open its 2014 tournament season March 29 on the Potomac River. The competitors will launch at Smallwood State Park, located at 5700 Sweden Point Road in Marbury, Md. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. March 28 at Smallwood State Park. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=858.To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers planning to throw an Alabama rig or other multi-bait rig in Maryland waters may only use up to two hooks. Anglers may use either a Maryland or a Virginia license to fish in most of the Potomac River. However, anyone fishing north of the Interstate 95 bridge must buy a Washington, D.C. fishing license. For a Virginia fishing license information, call 1-866-721-6911 or see www.dgif.virginia.gov/licenses. For Maryland fishing license information, call 1-855-855-3906 or see http://dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp. For a Washington, D.C. license, call 800-855-1000 or see http://ddoe.dc.gov/service/get-fishing-license. In addition to cash prizes for top finishers, boater and co- angler competitors fishing this tournament and WBS events throughout the season may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses. One of the best bass lakes in the nation, the Potomac River ranks Number 19 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States. The Potomac runs 383 miles from the mountains of West Virginia to Chesapeake Bay. The river drains an area of about 14,700 square miles, making it the fourth largest river on the Atlantic coast and 21st largest in the United States. The river passes between Washington D.C. and Virginia, within sight of many national monuments and historic landmarks. The river produces good numbers of small fish and quite a few bass in the 3- to 8-pound range. Many anglers fish the thick grass mats. To fish the grass, anglers need to either go over or through the mats. Many anglers work buzzing frogs, senkos or flukes over the grass tops. If a fish blows up at a frog, but misses, immediately follow up with a more subtle Texas-rigged stick bait. Anglers also work the grassy edges with Texas-rigged worms or punch heavy jigs through the pads. Peg or glue the weight to a plastic creature bait or use a jighead rig. Drop the baits vertically between pads and bounce them up and down a bit before slipping it through another crack in the vegetation. Anglers also flip plastics under shady docks or work swimbaits parallel to grassy edges. During a March 23, 2013, tournament on the Potomac River, Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Md., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 19.35 pounds. He fished deep water near a small rock pile just off the main river channel with a 1/2-ounce jig. Christiana D. Bradley of Bealeton, Va., won the tournament big bass title with a 5.38-pounder. In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Anthony Lohr of Hamstead, Md., landed a three-fish division limit going 7.83 pounds. He capped his catch with a 3.39-pounder. Lohr caught most of his fish on rattle baits and chattering baits. David A. Zimmerman of Bristol, Pa., won the Co-Angler Division lunker competition with a 4.41-pounder. For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com. Courtesy of ABA/David Hagood