I’d been to the Potomac River several times before with the FLW Tour and I’d experienced mixed success on the big tidal waterway – there was a top ten finish, but I’d also had my share of struggles. After a few years away I was looking forward to going there and chasing the bass in the grass.
When I arrived, I realized that while the grass had improved in the past couple of years, it still wasn’t what it had once been. I spent my practice trying a number of different things, not just flipping grass, and while I got some decent bites, they were just one here, one there. It was hard to lock down on a particular technique or to identify one area that was holding more fish than the others.
On the first day of competition, I started off throwing various frogs, including buzz toads like a Ribbit and hollow-bodies like the SPRO. I also flipped a one ounce Lunker Lure Grass Monster jig, but it quickly became obvious that the Missile Baits Baby D Bomb was what they wanted. I just moved through the grass and fished everything that looked good and hoped that one would bite it.
I was disappointed that I only had four bites on the day, and could only put two of them in the boat. Fortunately, they were both quality fish and my 7 pound 12 ounce bag had me down in 78th place, but with an opportunity to make a comeback on Day Two. More importantly, both fish came from a single area and that pointed me back in that direction.
On Day Two I stayed in my primary area, but I expanded it a bit and got dialed in on the right sections. There were two or three places that had the right combination of grass, and I made sure to be on those sections at the right tides. I was gaining confidence as the event progressed and my 15-01 limit put me into the 50 cut easily, landing in 39th. read more…
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- Fell a little short -
It was another scorching day on the Potomac. I brought 5 to the scale, but needed another 5+ pounds more to make the cut. All in all it was a good tournament. I earned some much needed points toward the AOY championship.
- On to Day 3 -
I over came some huge odds on Day 2 to catapult me into the top 50-cut. It was by far the best day on the Potomac so far from this event. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to get after it tomorrow. Due in at 3:20 est.
- I’m going to need some good weight tomorrow -
The Potomac was not kind to me today, I really struggled for bites. I didn’t have a stellar practice and was hoping that more would develop. Hopefully day 2 I can catch enough to squeak into the top 50 cut. Due in at 3:45 est.