UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Eufaula

Flipping out

Flipping out
Sticking with his trusty jig, Bryan Schmitt topped the pro division by a margin of just two ounce.

MARBURY, Md. - Despite higher numbers of fish caught and total weights, Stren Northern Division boaters and co-anglers reported a tougher bite on the Potomac. Of course, that's to be expected when the weather turns fickle.

A cold front that promises a 20-degree temperature drop made its way toward the Potomac region and pushed clouds, wind and light rain over the river by early afternoon. Add to this the deck-shuffling variables of a tidal fishery, and things can get sideways in a hurry.

Day-one leader Bruce Neal of Manheim, Pa., fell one fish shy of a tournament limit, but he said he had no A strong topwater bite continued on day two and a variety of frog baits accounted for much of the action.second thoughts about his decisions: "I'm happy with the way I fished - I just didn't get bit. Everybody thought they would bite (better) today, but they didn't bite that well for me. I didn't see any activity - no minnows flipping, no birds working."

Schmitt takes Pro Division lead

Deale, Md., pro Bryan Schmitt bucked the popular tactic of working frogs across grass beds and opted to stick with his ¾-ounce blue-black jig all day to take the lead. There's no question that frogging enables anglers to cover lots of water to find productive areas, but it's Schmitt's opinion that a well-planned flipping assault can balance out the inherent downfall of topwater presentations.

Pro leaderBryan Schmitt gets a bucket of water on his fish after weighing his catch."You miss a lot of fish when you're frogging," he said. "It's good when it's good, but I just stick with flipping."

Schmitt said he made a long run south to get away from the tournament crowd. He added a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces to his day-one weight for a two-day total of 34-5. His better action came on opposite ends of the day.

"The first 20 minutes and probably the last 30 minutes were best. That's the way it has been (this week)."

Looking ahead to the cooler weather that will arrive for day three, Schmitt said he has an unspoken strategy that may fit the changing conditions: "That's what I'm looking forward to. My backup plan, I hope, will pull me through. I don't know about the first day of cold weather, but by the second day, they should bunch up then."

Hoskings hops into second

Mike Hoskings of Alexandria, Va., threw frogs again and rose one spot to second with a limit catch that weighed 15-1. That effort pushed his total to 34-3. That is certainly a solid showing, but coming off his day-one catch of 19-2, Hoskings was a little disappointed.

"I ran the same areas I did yesterday - I just didn't get the big bites today," he said. "I caught good-Throwing frogs all day, Virginia pro Mike Hoskings placed second with 34-3.quality fish - I just couldn't get a big bite."

For Hoskings, catching bass in the vast acreage of Potomac River grass is a game of hide-and-seek that's won with an active approach in which eliminating water is as important as discovering hot spots. Frogging has proven to be one of the most effective tactics for achieving this objective.

"With all of the (habitat) here, I think it's just really efficient to be able to cover water," he said. "If you're flipping, you're limited in the area that you're covering. With the size of these grass beds, you can just cover so much more area with the frog."

Another good limit advanced Darrell Stevens two spots to third in the pro standings.Pointing out that not all of the grass holds big-bass potential, Hoskings said learning to recognize the positive attributes can make the difference between fishing and catching.

"It's the quality of the water and the quality of the grass," he said. "If there's baitfish in there flipping around and the grass looks good, that's where you want to fish. But if you pull up on a grass bed and there's nothing going on and the grass is brown and it just doesn't look good, you need to leave."

Best of the rest

Darrell Stevens of Roseland, Va., placed fifth on day one with 18 pounds, 7 ounces. Today, he added Thomas Wooten of Huddleston, Va. moved up six places to fifth on day two.13-14 and moved up to third with 32-5.

Thomas Wooten of Huddleston, Va., weighed 17 pounds, 6 ounces and moved up six spots with a fourth-place total of 32-5. Rockville, Va., pro Chad Hicks made a big jump from 20th to fifth with his 30-pound, 9-ounce total. Hicks' 7-pound, 3-ounce bass was the day's biggest.

With a limit that included Big Bass honors, Virginia pro Chad Hicks made a big move from 20th place to fifth on day two.Rounding out the top 10 pro leaders at the Stren Series Potomac River event:

6th: Mike Balon of Clewiston, Fla., 30-9
7th: Chris Dillow of Waynesboro, Va., 30-7
8th: Howard Hammonds of Portersville, Pa., 30-4
9th: Bruce Neal of Manheim, Pa., 29-6
10th: Rick Tilley of Moneta, Va., 28-9

Baciuska bests co-angler competition again

Afton, N.Y., co-angler Lynn Baciuska Jr. added 10 pounds, 10 ounces to the 17-11 he weighed on day Flipping a Packer Craw into shallow weed beds gave co-angler Lynn Baciuska enough weight to retain the top spot.one for a 28-5 total that kept him in the top spot of the Co-angler Division. As with day one, Baciuska threw a dark-colored Spro frog and flipped a Texas-rigged Lake Fork Packer Craw.

"I caught more with the Packer Craw today than with the craw," Baciuska said. "The frog bite wasn't hot for me until later today. I caught a couple on the frog in the last half-hour."

Best of the rest

A late day flurry for co-angler Joe Klepacz included this 6-pound, 3-ounce largemouth that won the Big Bass award.Mickey Pettry of Manassas, Va., placed second with 26 pounds, 13 ounces, followed by David Benoit of Brattleboro, Vt., in third, also with 26-13. Lew Jenkins of Waldorf, Md., placed fourth with 26-12, and Joseph Klepacz of Odenton, Md., was fifth with 25-0.

Notably, Klepecz said he did not catch a fish until 3 p.m., but the next hour delivered five keepers, including the 6-pound, 3-ouncer that won Big Bass honors.

Rounding out the top 10 co-angler leaders at the FLW Series Columbia River event:

6th: Valerie Timofeev of E. Stroudsburg, Pa., 23-13
7th: Robert Clark of Woodbridge, Va., 23-7
8th: Josh Querrey of Summersville, W.Va., 22-14
9th: Gary Guilliams of Troutville, Va., 22-11
10th: John Woodroof of Lynchburg, Va., 22-2

Day three of Stren Series action on the Potomac River continues at Friday's takeoff, scheduled to take place at 7:30 a.m. EDT at Smallwood State Park located at 2750 Sweden Point Road in Marbury, Md.

Tags: david-a-brown  headline-story  2008-10-15-potomac-river 

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Eufaula Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Michael Smith established the pace at the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event on Lake Eufaula with a five-bass first-day limit that weighed 25 pounds, 7 ounces. He leads a crew of mostly offshore sticks that are mining Eufaula’s brush piles and ledges for some seriously big bass. Though, it’s worth pointing out that several in the top 10 did catch some or all of their keepers up shallow today. Here’s a rundown of the top five after one day of fishing. READ MORE »

Smith Smacks 25-7 at Eufaula

Smith Smacks 25-7 at Eufaula

It’s a 90-minute drive from Michael Smith’s Andalusia, Ala., home to Lakepoint Resort State Park where the Toyota Series Southeastern Division kicked off its season today on Lake Eufaula. That’s just close enough, says Smith, that he fishes here more than anywhere else. His understanding of how Eufaula’s bass transition from the bank to postspawn ares to the main lake really showed today while Smith put together an impressive 25-pound, 7-ounce limit to gain the day-one tournament lead. READ MORE »

Lake Eufaula Midday Update – Day 1

Lake Eufaula Midday Update – Day 1

It’s pretty clear from what went down on Lake Eufaula this morning that this lake is plumb full of fish. Almost everybody we pulled up on was catching bass. Yet, the consensus was that the bite isn’t quite as good today as it was during practice. No one reported the kind of mega-weights everyone expects to see. But there’s still some time. READ MORE »

Shad Spawn Carries Kelly

Shad Spawn Carries Kelly

Boater Danger Kelly of Somerset, Kentucky, brought five bass to the scale Saturday totaling 14 pounds, 14 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on South Holston Reservoir in Bristol, Tennessee. For his victory, Kelly earned a total of $3,021. READ MORE »

Wheeler Wins on Pickwick

Wheeler Wins on Pickwick

What started out as a scouting trip to better learn Pickwick Lake turned into another tournament victory for Jacob Wheeler’s ever-expanding career resume at the second Toyota Series Central Division event of the season. Today, Wheeler brought in a limit of bass for 17 pounds, 11 ounces to take the win with a three-day total of 56 pounds, 8 ounces worth $38,545. READ MORE »

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 3

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 3

For two days Pickwick Lake gave up some nice early morning flurries for the top10 fishing the Toyota Series Central Division event. But this morning, the lake might as well have been frozen over. Despite ample amounts of current still rolling down the lake, and fairly light fishing pressure for a beautiful Saturday morning in the Tennessee Valley, the early bite was shut down for most of the field. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 2

Today’s weather was much sunnier, warmer and calmer; conditions that some think could push fish out deeper. But some are still counting on shallow grass. Here is a rundown of how the rest of the top five caught their fish on Pickwick today. READ MORE »

Murray Leads Wheeler by an Ounce

Murray Leads Wheeler by an Ounce

Sacking up 22 pounds, 10 ounces on day two of the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick Lake, John Murray rocketed up the standings from 14th place to the lead. With a total of 38-14, Murray is just one ounce ahead of Jacob Wheeler, who weighed 20-11 on day two to move up from ninth place. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Pickwick – Day 1

Grass seemed to be the dominant theme at the top of the day one leaderboard at the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick Lake. Not only did Buddy Gross target grass for his leading catch, but three others in the top five seined the grass for top catches as well. READ MORE »

Buddy Blasts 24-1 on Pickwick

Buddy Blasts 24-1 on Pickwick

Buddy Gross won his first FLW Tour event on Pickwick Lake in May of 2016 fishing a shad spawn on eelgrass along the Tennessee River channel. Today, Gross rekindled those old memories from four years ago to bring in 24 pounds, 1 ounce and take the day one lead in the Toyota Series Central Division event on Pickwick. READ MORE »

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 1

Pickwick Midday Update – Day 1

Pickwick Lake didn’t disappoint on the first morning of the Toyota Series Central Division event. As predicted, fish were biting right off the bat. READ MORE »

Abram’s Dream Comes True

Abram’s Dream Comes True

All week on Lake Martin for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit the weights have been close, so it was only fitting that the final weigh-in followed suit. READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 4 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

Abram One Day Away

Abram One Day Away

Day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event on Lake Martin was a bit tougher for the 30 pros on the water, and while quality has been tough to come by all week, that was especially the case today READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 3 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

Abram Out Front on Martin

Abram Out Front on Martin

Same story, different day on Lake Martin for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. When it comes to catching fish, Martin is on fire at the moment. However, just like on day one, big bites are tough to come by on the Alabama fishery. READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 2 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin in Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

Adams Leads at Martin

Adams Leads at Martin

Catching fish wasn’t going to be the issue for the third stop of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event on Lake Martin and after day one that certainly was the case. With the entire field catching a limit, the weights are stacked with a little over 4 pounds separating 100th and 10th. Finding a Lake Martin kicker was Barron Adams, who sacked 17 pounds, 2 ounces to take the lead – thanks in large part to his 8-13 Berkley Big Bass. Just 15 ounces back is Derrick Snavely and the weights tighten up a lot from there. READ MORE »

Lake Martin Day 1 Coverage

Lake Martin Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit's third stop at Lake Martin kicks off a day early from Alexander, Ala. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Martin

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Martin

FLW media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the third stop of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin. READ MORE »