Crowder opens up big Potomac River lead
ATHENS, Ala. Kermit C. Crowder took a big early lead during the first day of action in the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Maryland Division 21 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 7, 2013, on the Potomac River.
Running out of Smallwood State Park near Marbury, Md., the Petersburg, Va., angler caught four bass weighing 18.56 pounds for a 4.64-pound average. He upped his average with a 6.87-pound kicker that set the tournament lunker standard for the first day of action. He caught two six-pounders on back-to-back casts to take the Day 1 lead by nearly five pounds.
I caught the big fish on a green pumpkin jig in about five feet of water, Crowder said. On the next cast, I caught a 6.45-pounder on the same jig in the same spot. I only had four bites.
In second for the boaters, David A. Hooker Jr. of Stafford, Va., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 13.67 pounds. He capped his Day 1 catch with a 4.30-pound kicker.
Otis Darnell of Linden, Va., holds third for the boaters with five bass going 13.44 pounds. Thomas C. Hicks of Richmond, Va., sits in fourth place with a five-bass limit for 12.93 pounds. Jim S. Sutton of Woodbridge, Va., rounds out the top five boaters after one day of competition with five bass at 12.71 pounds including a 3.69 -pound kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Robert D. Rosier of Summit Point, W. Va., sits in first place with three bass going 9.87 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.59-pound kicker, the largest bass caught by a co-angler on Day 1.
Sitting in second for the co-anglers, Thomas E. Garey of Columbia, Md., brought in a three-bass division limit for 8.60 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.37-pounder.
Arthur G. Fettrow of Harrisburg, Pa., holds third among the co-anglers with two bass going 8.29 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.16-pound kicker. After the first day of competition, Daniel Fischer of Fredericksburg, Va., occupies the fourth place position among the co-anglers with three bass for 8.07 pounds. Michael J. Orbell of Silver Spring, Md., completes the list of the top five co-anglers with three bass at 7.32 pounds.
The action continues on Sept. 8 to decide the division champions. The top anglers from this division, plus those from the Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Ohio divisions advance to the two-day regional tournament, slated for Oct. 11-12, 2013, on the James River out of Chickahominy Riverfront Park near Williamsburg, Va.
After the four regional tournaments, the top anglers from those events will compete in the BWS National Championship tournament, scheduled for Nov. 6-9, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tenn. The Boater Division champion will compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
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.
About American Bass Anglers: 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, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.