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Posted By The Bass Hog

Pennsylvania's Frymoyer Grabs Co-angler Title

MARBURY, Md. (April 23, 2018) – Boater Ronald Caldeira of Middletown, Delaware, caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Potomac River presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Caldeira took home $6,796.

"I caught them all on main-river points in the mouths of Mattowoman and Quantico creeks," said Caldeira, who notched his first win in FLW competition. "I had five points that I cycled through, and each had pebble rock and sand. I think the big females were transitioning to the points right outside those main creeks, getting ready to spawn. I only had seven bites, but they were the right ones. Some of the fish were tanks – they'd been eating for a while."

Caldeira said he used a Rapala DT-6 crankbait for bass in 3 to 5 feet of water and a Chartreuse and Black Back-colored Strike King KVD 1.5 HC Shallow Squarebill for bass in 1 to 3 feet.

"I'd start far off the point with the Rapala and then switch to the Strike King as I got shallow so I wouldn't get hung up as much," said Caldeira. "As soon the lure would bounce off the rock and free itself, that's when they loaded up on it."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Ronald Caldeira, Middletown, Del., five bass, 21-6, $6,796

               2nd:         Anthony Ebel, Davidsonville, Md., five bass, 19-12, $3,843

               3rd:          Rick McFaul, Phoenix, Md., five bass, 19-11, $2,134

               4th:          Jeremy Mathias, Monrovia, Md., five bass, 19-7, $1,352

               5th:          Brian Barnes, Seaford, Del., five bass, 18-14, $1,159

               6th:          Andrew Heivly, Malvern, Pa., five bass, 18-8, $1,063

               7th:          Kenny Garippa, Tobyhanna, Pa., five bass, 18-7, $869

               7th:          Matt Stoupa, Colonial Heights, Va., five bass, 18-7, $969

               7th:          Daniel Gray, Butler, Pa., five bass, 18-7, $869

               10th:        Thomas Arens, Purcellville, Va., five bass, 18-2, $676

Ebel brought a 6-pound, 3-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $945.

Steven Frymoyer of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $2,898 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces.

Henry McKee of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $472.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on Chesapeake Bay in North East, Maryland. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
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