Crowder wins close wire-to-wire victory
ATHENS, Ala. – Kermit C. Crowder won a close wire-to-wire victory in the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Maryland Division 21 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 7-8, 2013, on the Potomac River.
Running out of Smallwood State Park near Marbury, Md., the Petersburg, Va., angler caught seven bass weighing 28.56 pounds. He won the tournament big bass honors with a 6.87-pounder he caught on the first day. Crowder led on the first day with 18.56 pounds, catching two 6-pounders on back-to-back casts with a swim jig. He added 10 pounds on the second day to clinch the win by four one-hundredths of a pound. For the Boater Division victory, Crowder took home a check for $3,451 with an extra $240 for the bucketmouth.
“I fish the Potomac River quite frequently,” Crowder explained. “I had four bites all day on the first day. I caught two big ones on a swim jig, one on a senko and one on a frog. On Day 2, I didn’t have a fish until 11 a.m. I caught one on a senko and lost another fish. I caught two more on a frog. I caught my biggest fish of the day on a frog about 30 minutes before the tournament ended.”
As the highest finishing Royal Purple Royal Rewards boater participant in the event, Crowder also won a valuable prize package from Royal Purple. As a Royal Purple Level 1 participant, he won a gallon of Royal Purple oil and a Royal Purple hat.
Right behind in second for the boaters, Thomas C. Hicks of Richmond, Va., finished with two consecutive five-bass daily tournament limits for 28.52 pounds with a 4.81-pound kicker. Hicks held fourth place on Day 1 with 12.93 pounds. He brought in 15.59 pounds, the largest bag caught on the second day.
Moving up four places, Steven Wiseman of Bryans Road, Md., finished third for the boaters with a two-day limit of 10 bass going 24.59 pounds. He held seventh place on Day 1 with 12.22 pounds and added another 12.37 pounds on the final day.
Mike Hicks of Goochland, Va., finished fourth among the boaters with 10 bass weighing 23.82 pounds including a 3.06-pound kicker. He held 10th place on the first day with 10.21 pounds. He leapt six spots with a 13.61-pound catch on Day 2.
Otis Darnell of Linden, Va., slipped two places to finish fifth with nine bass and 23.75 pounds. He held third on Day 1 with 13.44 pounds and brought in another 10.31 pounds on the final day.
In the Co-Angler Division, West C. Donley of Woodbridge, Va., brought in two consecutive three-bass daily division limits to win with 13.57 pounds. On the first day, Donley brought in 7.25 pounds to hold sixth place. He caught 6.32 pounds on the final day to seal the victory. Donley collected a check for $1,725.
“I fish this river just about every weekend,” Donley revealed. “On the first day, I started with a shaky head and had a limit in 15 minutes. I culled about four times with the shaky head and also caught one on a Rat-L-Trap. On the second day, I threw a senko in the grass at the mouth of creeks. I caught six fish.”
Day 1 leader, Robert D. Rosier of Summit Point, W. Va., finished second with five bass weighing 13.23 pounds. He led on the first day with 9.87 pounds including a 4.59-pound kicker, the biggest bass caught by a co-angler in the tournament. On the final day, Rosier brought in 3.36 pounds.
David T. Williams of Fredericksburg, Va., placed third among the co-anglers with a two-day limit of six bass going 12.92 pounds. He held eighth place on Day 1 with 6.43 pounds. He moved up five notches on Day 2 with a 6.49-pound bag.
In fourth for the co-anglers, Arthur G. Fettrow of Harrisburg, Pa., landed four bass for 11.41 pounds. He held third on Day 1 with 8.29 pounds including a 4.16-pound kicker. Fettrow found 3.12 pounds on the final day.
Jay L. Babcock of Mineral, Va., rounded out the top five co-anglers with five bass at 11.04 pounds. He held 12th place on the first day with 4.85 pounds and added 6.19 pounds on the final day to jump seven places.
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.