Maryland Angler Wins Season-Ending Tournament

Maryland Angler Wins Season-Ending Tournament
Maryland Angler Wins Season-Ending Tournament
fishing tournamentsWinning angler Al Farace Jr.ABA
Al Farace Jr. won the regular season finale in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Maryland Division 21 tournament, held Aug. 13, 2011, on the Potomac River.Running out of Smallwood State Park in Marbury, the 30-year-old angler from Hunt Valley, Md., won it all in the Boater Division. He landed five bass weighing 18.85 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.72-pounder that took tournament lunker honors. For the effort, Farace went home with a check for $3,102.?I didn?t get much practice,? Farace said. ?I found a small stretch about a quarter mile long on the south part of the river and focused on points in the grass in that area. I caught my two biggest fish first thing in the morning. I only caught seven fish all day and culled a few times. I caught one on a frog and the rest on either spinnerbaits or chatterbaits. I caught a bunch of catfish including one 20-pounder.?In second for the boaters, Dan Kuczinski of Severn, Md., brought in a tournament limit of five bass weighing 15.98 pounds with a 3.95-pound kicker. Chris C. Atwell of Mechanicsville, Va., took third with five bass and 15.55 pounds including one 3.39-pounder. Rick A. McFaul of Rosedale, Md., followed with five bass going 15.20 pounds capped by a 5.22-pound kicker. Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Md., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass for 15.08 pounds.
fishing tournamentsWinning co-angler Kenneth Henderson.ABA
In the Co-Angler Division, Kenneth L. Henderson, 28, of Fredricksburg, Va., topped the field with three bass weighing 11.45 pounds to win $1,551. He anchored his bag with a 4.20-pounder.?I fish this river two or three times a week,? Henderson said. ?In the morning, I started frog fishing in the grass and caught my two best fish within 10 minutes. After that, we went north and caught five more bass on shaky heads and kept one of them. At about lunch, I caught my other good fish on a shaky head.?In second, Marvin E. Reese of Gwynn Oak, Md., landed a three-bass division limit going 10.46 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.48-pounder that took the division big bass title.Richard Ross of Bryans Road, Md., took third with three bass at 10.31 pounds including a 3.99-pound kicker. Kenneth Hawsey of Brook Park, Md., finished in fourth place with three bass and 10.06 pounds topped by a 4.88-pound kicker. David A. Hooker Jr. of Stafford, Va., rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass going 8.81 pounds.The two-day division championship tournament takes place Sept. 17-18 on these same waters. For more information on these tournaments, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see American Bass Anglers: The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path the world championship of bass fishing the Bassmaster Classic. American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit a schedule of other upcoming tournaments, click here.

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