UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

One ounce never meant more

One ounce never meant more
Mike Hicks of Goochland, Va. gets a hearty handshake from Tournament DIrector Ron Lappin after he took the lead in the pro division of the Stren Series Northern Division tournament on the Potomac River. Hicks brought 19 pounds, 11 ounces to the scales and has a one ounce lead going into day two.

MARBURY, Md. - Send 158 pros onto the Potomac River, where they catch 148 five-bass limits totaling 1,875 pounds, and when the dust settles, how much weight separates first from second place?

One ounce.

Hard to believe, but that's all that separates Mike Hicks of Goochland, Va., from Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla., after day one of the Stren Series Northern Division season opener on the anything-but-peaceful Potomac.Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla. is in second place in the pro division with 19 pounds, 10 ounces, just one ounce behind leader Mike Hicks.

Hicks has 19 pounds, 11 ounces, and Lane has 19-10. But neither pro pulled the best weight of the day. That distinction belongs to Doug Richardson of Newmarket, Ontario, who leads the Co-angler Division with - you guessed it - 19 pounds, 12 ounces.

OK, so let's line 'em up. Who's got 19-9? Well, nobody, but pro Chad Hicks of Rockville, Va., is in third place with 19-8, which, in this tournament, amounts to a staggering deficit of 3 ounces.

Chad Hicks of Rockville, Va. is in third place in the pro division with 19 pounds, 8 ounces.But have your own fun. Check the board in each division. The top 10 pros are separated by 2 pounds, 6 ounces. The top 10 co-anglers are separated by a relatively wide margin of 5 pounds, 12 ounces, but there's actually 11 in the top 10 because there's a tie at 10th place.

Now this is what a fishing tournament is supposed to be. Don't be surprised if tomorrow there's a massive overhaul in each division. At least half of the anglers who are down in the ranks after today said they'll do a lot better tomorrow, and for once, perhaps that's not a stretch.

No matter how they fished today, it worked; topwaters, plastics, crankbaits and jigworms all caughtTerry Olinger of The Plaine, Va. is in fourth place in the pro division with 19 pounds, 4 ounces. fish. When just 10 pros among 158 fail to catch a limit, the bite is on. There was disagreement as to what constituted the best conditions today. Some said the bite was best on the incoming tide, while others said it was during the outgoing. Some anglers will pray for wind tomorrow, while others want it to remain as calm as it was Thursday.

Everyone agrees that we could use a little less heat - the high temperature topped out at 92 - but tomorrow's forecast calls for more of the same. Cooler temperatures would have a practical benefit. Several anglers today were penalized for dead fish at a rate of minus 8 ounces per fish. Fifth-place pro Dave Lefebre was hit especially hard as he had two dead fish.

Today's best weights came early in the weigh-in, indicating that the morning bite was best. Tomorrow the flights reverse, so if that pattern holds, it should give anglers who were at the back of the pack today a chance to make up weight.

Dave Lefebre of Union CIty, Penn. is in fifth place in the pro division with 18 pounds, 9 ounces.May everyone's tomorrow begin like today did for pro Nick Gainey of Charleston, S.C., who's in 13th place with 17 pounds, 1 ounce.

"I couldn't catch a thing during the prefish," Gainey said. "Then this morning, I go out there, and the first cast is a 5-pounder."

Or how about Lewis Denny, an Indian Mound, Tenn., pro who's in 11th place with 17-4?

"I had a limit in 10 minutes," he said. "I culled five limits for the day."

He wasn't alone. Fourth-place pro Terry Olinger said he culled 20 to 30 fish. Second-place pro Bobby Lane said he had all his weigh fish by 9 a.m.

Tomorrow's takeoff is scheduled for 7 a.m. in Smallwood State Park. Weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. Anglers who place 11th through 40th will get their checks, while places one through 10th will move on to fish Saturday. The final weigh-in is set for 4 p.m. at Walmart in La Plata, Md.

Top 10 professionalsChris Johnston of Peterborough, Ont. weighed the Folgers BIg Bass of the Day in the pro division at 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Johnston is in ninth place with 17-7 overall.

1. Mike Hicks, Goochland, Va., 19 pounds, 11 ounces
2. Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., 19-10
3. Chad Hicks, Rockville, Va., 19-8
4. Terry Olinger, The Plains, Va., 19-4
5. Dave Lefebre, Union City, Pa., 18-9
6. Thomas Wooten, Huddleston, Va., 18-6
7. Michael Ertel, Toms River, N.J., 18-2
8. Chris Baumgardner, Gastonia, N.C., 17-11
9. Chris Johnston, Peterborough, Ontario, 17-7
10. Stacey Smith, Stephens City, Va., 17-5

Top 10 co-anglersLeading the co-angler division after day one of the Stren Series Northern Division tournament on the Potomac River is Doug Richardson of Newmarket, Ont. with 19 pounds, 12 ounces, which is a better weight than what the leading pro brought to the scales.

1. Doug Richardson, Newmarket, Ontario, 19 pounds, 12 ounces
2. Gary McClain, Chesapeake, Va., 19-0
3. Edward Tunny Sullivan, Beaverdam, Va., 17-13
4. David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., 15-8
5. Kermit Crowder, Matoaca, Va., 15-6
6. Mike Branham, Alexandria, Va., 15-3
7. Robert Clark, Woodbridge, Va., 14-7
8. Justin White, Slippery Rock, Pa., 14-6
9. Larry Drewett, Sterling, Va., 14-0
9. Micah Frazier, Newnan, Ga., 14-0

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