Miller Wins ABA Event on Potomac River

#Targeting spawning bass, Steve E. Miller won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Maryland Division 21 tournament, held May 14, 2011, on the Potomac River.Running out of the Smallwood State Park Sweden Point Marina on Mattawoman Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River near Marbury, the Mechanicsville, Va., angler landed five bass going 22.94 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6-pounder to win the Boater Division.?The fish are spawning,? Miller explained. ?They are in the grass and not chasing baits. My two primary baits were a Strike King Ocho Stick and a Berkley Chigger Craw. I also caught some on a spinnerbait and a chatterbait. I caught the big one just going down the bank.?In second for the 103 boaters, Robert L. Grike of Dumfries, Va., also brought in a five-bass tournament limit. His bag weighed 21.11 pounds including a 4.75-pound kicker. James Charlesworth traveled all the way from Saint Cloud, Fla., to place third with five bass at 18.35 pounds, followed by Daniel Rodriguez of Monkton, Md., with five bass for 17.63 pounds counting a 6.10-pound kicker.Otis Darnell of Linden, Va., placed fifth with five bass weighing 16.75 pounds. He also brought in the top fish in the Boater Division, a 6.51-pound bucketmouth. Darnell?s big bass tied with two other fish for tournament lunker honors.?I caught some fish in practice, but couldn?t get anything over 3 pounds,? Darnell said. ?I heard about a spot that had some big fish and headed there. I had another fish on that was at least that size.?Cherif A. Zaher of Orangeville, Pa., won the Co-Angler Division with three bass weighing 13.49 pounds. He also landed a 6.51-pounder to tie with Darnell for tournament lunker honors and Ronald M. Zich of Springfield, Va., for the division big bass title.?We found fish spawning in the grass,? Zaher said. ?We flipped Berkley Chigger Craws and worms in the grass and caught fish all day.?Also in the Co-Angler Division, Michael J. Orbell of Silver Spring, Md., brought in three bass weighing 13.55 pounds, enough to win, but dropped to second with an official tally of 12.55 pounds after suffering a 1-pound penalty. His biggest fish tipped the scales at 5.44 pounds.In third for the co-anglers, Cort W. Gardner of Jessup, Md., landed a division limit of three bass weighing 11.98 pounds with a 5.07-pound kicker. Close behind, Fakruddin Rahimi of Falls Church, Va., took fourth place with three bass for 11.67 pounds including one 5.65-pounder. David T. Williams of Fredericksburg, Va., rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass at 10.70 pounds with a 4.48-pound kicker.For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

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