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Hockley Tops Co-angler Division

MARBURY, Md. (April 23, 2018) – Boater Joe Zombek II of Scranton, Pennsylvania, caught a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 10 ounces, Sunday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on the Potomac River. For his efforts, Zombek took home $5,229.

Zombek fished two areas in Mattawoman Creek – one a secondary channel with pilings and the other a 50-yard main-channel creek bend with rocks and wood. He said the areas were about 200 yards apart from one another.

"I targeted prespawn females waiting for the water temperature to rise so they could head up to spawn," said Zombek, who logged his first career win FLW competition. "We had strong wind and rain Thursday and Friday and it stained the water. As of Sunday, it cleared up and the water temperature rose four degrees to the upper 50s. I know the fish had been there for a while, but with the warmer water they fed more."

Zombek fished two baits – a homemade green-pumpkin-colored jig with a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw trailer in the same color and a Texas-rigged green-pumpkin Zoom tube with a 3/8-ounce weight – and was able to put 11 keepers in his boat.

"I alternated between the baits depending on the conditions of the tide," said Zombek. "When the tide moved I used the jig because the fish were more aggressive and when it slowed down I finessed them with the tube."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Joe Zombek II, Scranton, Pa., five bass, 24-10, $5,229

               2nd:         Andrew Heivly, Malvern, Pa., five bass, 19-5, $3,629

               3rd:          Zachary Page, Middletown, Del., five bass, 18-14, $1,745

               4th:          Ryan Ingalls, Fairfax, Va., five bass, 18-13, $1,320

               5th:          Aaron Dixon, Bel Alton, Md., five bass, 18-10, $1,046

               6th:          John Vanore, Mullica Hill, N.J., five bass, 18-9, $959

               7th:          Kyle Hoffman, Harpers Ferry, W. Va., five bass, 18-0, $871

               8th:          Cody Cutter, Harveys Lake, Pa., five bass, 17-15, $784

               9th:          Tony Dorman, Taylor, Pa., five bass, 17-8, $653

               9th:          Todd Neale, Warrenton, Va., five bass, 17-8, $653

Heivly brought a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $815.

Robert Hockley of Annville, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $2,614 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces.

Wolf caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $407.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.

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