Maryland division to fish Potomac River
ATHENS, Ala. – The Maryland Division 21 of the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its third tournament of the season June 22, 2013, on the Potomac River.
The competitors will launch at Smallwood State Park, located at 5700 Sweden Point Road in Marbury, Md. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. June 21 at Smallwood State Park. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=633.
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers planning to throw an Alabama rig or other multi-bait rig in Maryland waters may only use up to two hooks. Anglers may use either a Maryland or a Virginia license to fish in most of the Potomac River. However, anyone fishing north of the Interstate 95 bridge must buy a Washington, D.C. fishing license.
For a Virginia fishing license information, call 1-866-721-6911 or see www.dgif.virginia.gov/licenses. For Maryland fishing license information, call 1-855-855-3906 or see http://dnr.maryland.gov/service/fishing_license.asp. For a Washington, D.C. license, call 800-855-1000 or see http://ddoe.dc.gov/service/get-fishing-license.
The Potomac runs 383 miles from the mountains of West Virginia to Chesapeake Bay. The river drains an area of about 14,700 square miles, making it the fourth largest river on the Atlantic coast and 21st largest in the United States. The river passes between Washington D.C. and Virginia, within sight of many national monuments and historic landmarks.
Bassmaster magazine ranks the historic river at number 19 on its list of the top 100 bass waters in America, up from 31st place on the 2012 list. The river produces good numbers of small fish and quite a few bass in the 3- to 8-pound range.
During the summer heat, big bass hunker down in thick grass mats. To fish the grass, anglers need to either go over or through the mats. Many anglers work buzzing frogs, senkos or flukes over the grass tops. If a fish blows up at a frog, but misses, immediately follow up with a more subtle Texas-rigged stick bait.
Anglers also work the grassy edges with Texas-rigged worms or punch heavy jigs through the pads. Peg or glue the weight to a plastic creature bait or use a jighead rig. Drop the baits vertically between pads and bounce them up and down a bit before slipping it through another crack in the vegetation. Anglers also flip plastics under shady docks or work swimbaits parallel to grassy edges.
During the June 30, 2012, BWS tournament on the Potomac River, Robert L. Grike of Dumfries, Va., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 18.42 pounds including a 5.53-pound kicker. Grike caught most of his fish around deep rock piles. Jason S. Law of Egg Harbor, N.J., finished second with five bass going of 17.97 pounds, but his 5.82-pounder took the tournament big bass honors.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Cherif A. Zaher of Orangeville, Pa., won with a three-fish division limit going 13.12 pounds for a 4.37-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 4.56-pound kicker. Zaher caught most of his fish by pitching a swim jig or working a swimbait around thick weeds. He also caught some by flipping mats with a centipede.
Slated for Aug. 10, 2013, the next divisional tournament will also be held on the Potomac River out of Smallwood State Park. At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.
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: The Toyota 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 Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.