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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.

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NORTH EAST, Md. (Sept. 13, 2015) – The Ramapo College team of Andy Zapf of Whippany, New Jersey, and Andrew Annuzzi of Old Bridge, New Jersey, won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Championship on the Chesapeake Bay Sunday with a two-day total of eight bass weighing 19 pounds, 12 ounces. The victory earned the club $4,000 and qualified the team for the 2016 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
 “My older brother (Joseph) had won a few College Fishing events so it feels good to get one of my own,” said Zapf, a senior majoring in Accounting. “This will be my third time to the National Championship and it’s my last year of eligibility so we had to get it done this weekend.”
The duo said that they had a solid three days of practice on the fishery before the tournament, but only managed to catch three bass in their practice period. They decided to concentrate on the only area where they could find fish.
“Yesterday, the first day of the tournament, we stuck it out in the marina all day long,” Zapf said. “We caught three fish by 8:30 a.m., then didn’t catch another keeper all day long. We ended the day with 6 pounds and were sitting in 11th place.
“Today, we decided that if the marina wasn’t producing we would leave and try to find some new stuff to fish,” Zapf continued. “We caught one keeper early, but we decided to leave the marina around 9:30.”
“The key for us was definitely sticking to our plan and concentrating on that marina,” Annuzzi said. “We would pick apart every spot we could, then we would re-start and cycle through it again. We knew the fish were there.”
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Some of America’s top-ranked bass fisheries — plus a new wrinkle in tournament formats and an extra event — await the nation’s top professional bass anglers competing in the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series.

The popular Bassmaster Marshal program, which permits fishing fans to ride along and observe the Elite pros during competition, will continue in 2016.

 Following is the 2016 Classic and Elite schedule:

 Dates                 Tournament              Fishery                     Host Community/State

March 4-6           Bassmaster Classic      Grand Lake                Tulsa, Okla.

March 17-20        Elite No. 1                  St. Johns River           Palatka, Fla.

April 7-10            Elite No. 2                  Winyah Bay                Georgetown, S.C.

April 21-24          Elite No. 3                  Bull Shoals/Norfork     Mountain Home, Ark.

April 28-May 1   Elite No. 4                  Wheeler Lake              Decatur, Ala.

May 12-15          Elite No. 5                  Toledo Bend               Many, La.

June 8-12            BASSfest                   TBA                        

June 23-26          Elite No. 7                  Cayuga Lake               Union Springs, N.Y.

Aug. 11-14         Elite No. 8                  Potomac River            Charles County, Md.

Sept. 8-11           Elite No. 9                  Mississippi River         La Crosse, Wis.

Sept. 15-18        AOY Championship     TBA                         

Courtesy of BASS Communications.

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NORTH EAST, Md. (Sept. 2, 2015) – FLW College Fishing is headed to the Chesapeake Bay September 12-13 for the Northern Conference Championship tournament. Forty-five college teams have qualified for this event will be competing for a top award of $4,000 and a berth in the 2016 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
“This time of year you can definitely get a topwater bite going, and it can sometimes last all day,” Schmitt said. “Frogs, buzzbaits and poppers will all be popular baits.  There is always a Yamamoto Senko worm bite in the grass. ChatterBaits and spinnerbaits will be popular around wood and grass. Some teams may even catch them flipping jigs around docks and wood.
College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.