Maryland Anglers to hit the Potomac River

The Maryland Division 21 of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its second tournament of the season April 27, 2013, on the historic 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. April 26 at Smallwood State Park.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 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 //dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp. For a Washington, D.C. license, call 800-855-1000 or click here.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.Bassmaster magazine ranks the historic river as 31st on its list of the Hot 100 bass waters in America. The river produces good numbers of small fish and quite a few bass in the 3- to 8-pound range. With water temperatures in the upper 60s, bass should stay in shallow water around weedy spawning flats. Look for beds in two to three feet of water.In the shallows, many anglers throw square-billed crankbaits, spinnerbaits or soft plastics. Work these around the grassy edges or drag lizards, tubes or Texas-rigged worms through beds. Anglers might also try to hit woody cover around the shorelines with craw worms or jigs. Hot baits during the March BWS tournament on the Potomac River included jigs, ratting lipless crankbaits worked around main and secondary points, and chattering baits run parallel to the grass.During the April 28, 2012, BWS event held on the Potomac River, Pete M. O’Donnell Sr. of Deale, Md., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 20.71 pounds for a 4.14-pound average. He sealed his victory with a 6.12-pound kicker. Ricky T. Windsor of Huntingtown, Md., set the tournament lunker standard with a 6.79-pounder.In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Robert S. Mitchell of Indian Head, Md., won with three bass going 13.89 pounds for an impressive 4.63-pound average. He topped his take with a 4.61-pounder to improve his average. Jim Pittsnogle of Kearneysville, W. Va., took second with a three-bass division limit weighing 13.83 pounds, but won the division big bass title with a 6.20-pounder.At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. For more information on these tournaments, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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