UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Potomac River

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Potomac River Top 5 Patterns Day 2

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns Day 2
Bryan Schmitt

Correcting a strategic error from day one, Casey Smith of Macedon, N.Y. surged into the day-two lead at the Costa FLW Series event presented by Plano on the Potomac River. Fishing reaction baits and slower presentations, Smith caught 20 pounds for a two-day total of 34 pounds, 14 ounces. Though he weighed the best bag of the tournament, the rest of the pack is close behind and hungry. 

Smith’s leading pattern

Complete results

 

Bryan Schmitt

2. Bryan Schmitt - Deale, Md. - 33-2 (10)

Demonstrating the inescapable value of that one “kicker” fish, perennial Potomac performer Bryan Schmitt sacked up 17-6 on day two and gained 10 spots on the leaderboard to earn his final-round berth with a second-place total of 33-2.

“I had 15-12 yesterday and I lost a big one,” the Maryland pro says. “The difference was I got a big bite today — a 5-6.

“I had to move around a little bit today. I didn’t get as many bites, but I got quality.

“They were biting sporadically today. When that happens, you have to slow down and cover every little inch of the area.”

An accomplished jig flipper, Schmitt says he caught his fish on a couple of Riot Baits prototypes — moving baits that may have taken him out of his norm, but obviously delivered big results.

 

Ron Nelson

3. Ron Nelson - Berrien Springs, Mich. - 32-14 (10)

A mobile plan with plenty of room for diversity enabled Michigan pro Ron Nelson to improve from a day-one tie for 10th  to third with 32-14. Running the tide, he hopped around to keep himself in areas with active fish.

With grass beds his main target, Nelson avoided the mental trap of assuming it was a one-act show.

“I didn’t really have a set pattern; it changed from spot to spot,” Nelson says. “It was inside-outside grass type spots. Some spots were way offshore, like summertime patterns; some fish were like postspawners that were just coming out.”

Nelson says he used a mix of moving baits and plastics. The former got most of the casts, but when the fish’s aggression waned, he’d give them a few more shots with a slower presentation before running to the next tide stop.

 

Bill Chapman

4. Bill Chapman - Salt Rock, W.Va. - 32-1(10)

Slipping a few spots to fourth, the day-one leader found a mix of limitation and opportunity in the morning’s super high tide. On one hand, the swollen water level in the creek he’s fishing robbed him of a low-tide pattern he leveraged on day one. Conversely, the extra foot or so of depth allowed him to press farther into the creek and access areas that hardly ever see a bass boat.

“I caught a couple of fish back there where it was dry land yesterday,” Chapman says. “That definitely balanced things a little bit, but I’d rather have had the low water.”

The first half of his day, Chapman threw a mix of squarebills, Senkos and buzzbaits and then settled into a flipping routine. A Texas-rigged Missile Baits D Bomb earned him a few more bites.

“I lost a few good fish that got tangled in the pads,” Chapman says. “The key for me was to just keep my head down and fish. I knew they were there, so I just stayed after them.”

 

Aaron Hastings

5. Aaron Hastings - Middletown, Md. - 31-14 (10)

After an early stumble, Aaron Hastings regrouped and turned in a solid effort that lifted him from an 18th-place tie on day one to fifth with 31-14.

“I wasted about an hour and a half this morning on a pattern that just didn’t work,” he recalls. “I was trying to catch some isolated big fish really shallow, but it just didn’t work out.

“After that, I executed well, made good decisions and caught them the rest of the day.”

Hastings says he caught his fish in diverse vegetation — all on reaction baits.

 

Tournament Details

Format: All 144 boaters and co-anglers will compete for two days. The top 10 boaters and co-anglers based on cumulative weight after two days of competition will advance to the third and final round, with the winner determined by the heaviest cumulative three-day weight.

Takeoff Time: 6:30 a.m. ET

Takeoff Location: Smallwood State Park, 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury, Md., 20658

Weigh-In Time: Days 1 & 2 & 3 at 2:30 p.m. ET

Weigh-In Location: Smallwood State Park, 2750 Sweden Point Road, Marbury, Md., 20658

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