Page Tubes Way To Potomac River Victory

Brett M. Page tubed his way to victory during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Maryland Division 21 tournament, held April 27, 2013, on the Potomac River.Running out of Smallwood State Park in Marbury, Md., the 27-year-old King George, Va., angler caught five bass weighing 18.38 pounds for a 3.68-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 4.57-pound kicker to seal the Boater Division victory.“The Potomac River is my home water,” Page explained. “I try to get on it at least once or twice a week. I knew the water temperature was going to be in the low to mid-60s so I wanted to fish fast-moving baits. With the tide high in the morning, I couldn’t get a bite with baits moving over the grass so I tied on a green pumpkin tube and went shallow. With the water a little stained, I just started blind casting and caught about 20 fish.”In second for the boaters, Daniel Gray of Butler, Pa., put a five-bass tournament limit into the boat for 17.78 pounds, He anchored his bag with a 4.34-pounder.Tommy “J.T.” Little of Chester, Va., took third among the boaters with five bass at 16.57 pounds including a 4.66-pounder, Darin Doll of York, Pa., landed in fourth place with five bass going 15.97 pounds including a 3.88-pound kicker.Ricky T. Windsor of Huntingtown, Md., placed fifth with five bass at 15.43 pounds, but his 6.38-pounder took the tournament big bass award.In the Co-Angler Division, Jermell Fleming, 42, of Harrisburg, Pa., won with three bass weighing 12.87 pounds for a 4.29-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 5.39-pounder that won the division lunker title.“Once we found the fish, I knew I had a great chance to win,” Fleming said. “I caught 10 bass; seven were keepers. I threw toward the banks and the fish whammed it. They were eating 7-inch shad. I caught most of my fish on a chrome and blue Rat-L-Trap worked along the edges of the grass. Some fish bit in about three feet of water and some in six to seven feet of water.”David “Mo” M. Dickens of Manassas, Va., found a three-bass division limit for 11.88 pounds and second place among the co-anglers. Andy M. Strickler of York, Pa., followed with three bass at 11.21 pounds including a 4.98-pound kicker.Daniel Fischer of Fredericksburg, Va., finished fourth with three bass going 10.60 pounds including one 4.60-pounder. Andre A. Wynn of Windsor Mill, Md., rounded out the top co-anglers with three bass weighing 10.12 pounds.For more information on this tournament, 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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