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Posted By The Bass Hog

ZAPATA, Texas. — High winds on Falcon Lake Sunday morning, and a forecast that the winds will continue throughout the day, forced the postponement until Monday of the final day of the Rigid Industries Falcon Slam out of Zapata, Texas.
 
“The wind is blowing 30 mph and is not supposed to decrease,” said Jon Stewart, senior tournament manager in charge of the event. “The gusts are predicted to be 40 to 50 mph. Speaking with the anglers, I heard that they all felt it wasn’t safe for everyone involved, although they all wanted to get out on the water and compete. B.A.S.S. made the decision that it was best to postpone until tomorrow. Our priority is safety of the anglers, the Marshals who ride with them, the entire staff and the fans.”
 
All 12 anglers who qualified Saturday for the final round will return Monday to Falcon to compete for $100,000, a berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic and 100 points toward the 2013 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race.
 
After Saturday, the leader was Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas, with 83 pounds, 3 ounces. He was 1 pound ahead of four-time Bassmaster Classic champ and fishing legend Rick Clunn of Ava., Mo.
 
Combs, who has led the Slam for three days running, agreed with the decision by B.A.S.S. officials.
 
“I don’t think it’s a good day to go out fishing,” said Combs, who guides on the lake when he isn’t competing. “It probably wouldn’t be anything on the lake we haven’t seen before. We’d go do what we need to do to catch fish. But we have to consider our Marshals, fans following us and the media who would be out there covering the event.”
 
Combs had a reminder Saturday of what can happen when a boat is dead in the water. He had a minor mechanical issue on Saturday that couldn’t be fixed on the water, so he called in for a tow. When his fellow Elite pro and Texan Clark Reehm happened by and offered the back seat of his boat, Combs jumped aboard to finish out the day. He landed his fifth fish for a limit, which kept him ahead of Clunn.
 
Combs said Sunday his boat was fixed in five minutes Saturday night and he was ready to go on the water.
 
“With big waves and big winds, when equipment fails, you can get into a bind very quickly,” he said.
 
Clunn, in position to claim his first Bassmaster win since 2002, also agreed with the decision to postpone.
 
“I’ve objected to almost every cancellation based on a forecast. This is not a forecast; the dust storm is here,” he said at the launch site, a cover over his face to protect from the grit that was blowing up from land.
 
Clunn would have had a distinct advantage in a wind-blown Sunday final round. The spot on which he has bagged 82 pounds, 3 ounces in three days is only a half mile from the launch site, and is in a relatively protected area. On Saturday the spot produced the event’s largest bag yet, 36-14.
 
“I would have a 90 percent chance to win today. Tomorrow, when everyone could get to their spots, I give myself 50 percent,” he said.
 
“There’s no easy way to run this lake in the wind,” Clunn added. “It’s not supposed to get better. It’s hell out there in such a wind. You can easily tear up your equipment and hurt yourself. Down at the dam where others have been fishing, there are up to 10-foot waves. That’s huge on this lake, and they’re close together. That’s even worse.”
 
The Monday competition is scheduled to begin at 7:15, or first safe light, from the Zapata County Boat Ramp in Zapata. The Top 12 will weigh their catches at about 3:15 p.m. Fans are invited to watch. All Bassmaster events are free. Full coverage will continue on Bassmaster.com.


Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

The Maryland Division 21 of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its opening tournament of the season on March 23, 2013, on the Potomac River.  The Bass Hog Jonathan Marlow will be a participant.

The competitors will launch at Smallwood State Park, located at 5700 Sweden Point Road in Marbury, Md. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. March 22 at Smallwood State Park. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=631.

Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers may use either a Maryland or a Virginia license to fish in most of the Potomac River. However, anyone fishing above 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.

One of the most historic rivers in North America, 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.

Tides dominate the lower Potomac River, often pushing brackish water far up the channel from the bay. Typically, high tides bring in salty water and chase bass deeper inland. Falling tides pull fresh water from tributaries so bass move out into main channels. Tidal current can also dislodge forage species and spark feeding activity.

During a falling tide, fish the mouths of small channels that empty into the main river where bass stack up to snack on anything washed down to them. Throw a weightless Texas-rigged fluke, shrimp or other soft-plastic temptation up the channel and let the current pull it downstream.

During the March 17, 2012, BWS tournament on the Potomac River, Richard Lee Allen of Westminster, Md., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 22.67 pounds for a 4.53-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 7.37-pound lunker that took the Boater Division big bass title. Allen caught his bigger fish on a black and red chatterbait, but more fish on an orange and black Rat-L-Trap.

In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Timothy C. LeGrand of Millersville, Md., landed a three-fish division daily limit going 15.02 pounds for slightly better than a 5-pound average. He upped his average by lipping a 9.20-pound bucketmouth that set the tournament lunker standard. LeGrand caught his fish on Rat-L-Traps in grass growing in less than three feet of water.

 

Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Tennessee’s Tidwell Wins Co-Angler Title, $20,000
 
 
JASPER, Ala. (March 10, 2013) – Keystone Light pro Brent Ehrler brought the largest stringer to the scales Sunday – for the third time in four days of competition – to win the Walmart FLW Tour on Lewis Smith Lake presented by Evinrude. Ehrler weighed in a five-bass limit worth 14 pounds, 11 ounces to win the $125,000 prize after leading wire-to-wire in the four-day tournament that showcased a full field of the best bass-fishing professionals in the world.
 
     The Redlands, Calif., native weighed in 20 bass totaling 60 pounds, 9 ounces throughout the four days of competition. Second-place pro Jacob Powroznik of Prince George, Va., weighed in 20 bass totaling 53 pounds, 5 ounces, giving Ehrler the win with a decisive 7-pound, 4-ounce margin.
 
     “This was one of the toughest tournaments that I have ever fished,” said Ehrler, who became only the third angler in FLW history to surpass $2 million in career earnings with his win on Sunday. “I was so stressed out; I was waking up at 2 or 3 a.m. every morning thinking about where I was going to fish that day. Fortunately, I was able to catch a couple of big ones off of a couple of areas where I knew they lived. They were very tough to catch, though.
 
     “Most of the fish that I weighed in this week came on a green pumpkin-colored Yamamoto Senko wacky-rigged with a Gamakatsu hook,” Ehrler continued. “The other guys weren’t doing that. The only other angler that I think was throwing a Senko was Cody Meyer (who finished in eighth place). It was one of the keys for me this week, as the bigger fish really favored that Senko worm.
 
     “Three or four fish that I weighed in earlier this week came from drop-shotting a morning dawn-colored Roboworm,” Ehrler said. “Today, the conditions changed and the wind was blowing real hard. I picked up a Picasso School E Rig when it got nasty and was able to catch my kicker on it. After that, I was able to slow down and relax. I culled up a few more times in the afternoon on the Senko.”
 
     Ehrler said he fished mostly around the main body of Ryan Creek and never tried venturing back into the pockets as some anglers did.
 
     “Those fish are coming off that main river and starting to stage,” he said. “They were suspending deep on the trees. I would throw the Senko, and the bait would take a long time to get down there.”
 
     Hoyt Tidwell of West Point, Tenn., won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 34 pounds, 1 ounce followed by Anthony Goggins of Auburn, Ala., in second place with 15 bass weighing 29-5 worth $7,500. 

 

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.