From Stafford, VA. – John Gaertner takes the win on the Potomac. With three digit heat index, John credits his custom made Denali rod in the ability to get the correct hook set and maintain it when retrieving a frog through the grass on the main river. Getting only nine bites made this important. He was able to cull three times along with pulling in a 12 pound snakehead to weigh in five bass for 15.05 pounds. His largest bass weighed 3.50 pounds.
In second place was Rodney Oberdick of Felton, DE with 5 bass at 12.58 pounds. Just a few ounces behind, in third place, came Keith Knutson of Stafford, VA with 5 bass weighing 12.38 pounds. In Fourth place and still ounces away, Pat Loewy carried up a 12.18 pound sack of 5 bass. Tom Thompson finished the Top 5 with another 5 bass at 11.62 pounds.
Big Bass was a tie between Pat Lowey and Tom Thompson at 3.51 pounds.
These anglers accrued valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round Fish-Off. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.
The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship.