UPCOMING EVENT: ABU GARCIA COLLEGE FISHING - 2020 - Harris Chain of Lakes

Top 10 Baits from the Potomac River

Top 10 Baits from the Potomac River

The final event of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division wasn’t the whack-fest the first two were. Instead of willing smallmouths and stupid largemouths, the bass on the Potomac put up a fight. Nonetheless, the tops pros figured out how to catch them pretty consistently, with a variety of off-beat choices and Potomac River staples.

Hicks’ winning pattern

Winning co-angler pattern

Complete results

 

1. Mike Hicks mixed it up all week, but swapping topwaters and mixing in a swim jig on the final day keyed his win. He threw a Lobina Rio Rico the first two days and then switched to a perch-colored Team Daiwa TD Pencil in the calmer water on the final day. His swim jig of choice was from Lil’ Hustler, and he trailered it with a Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper. Hicks caught a few on a split-shot rig at the end of day two, and also added fish on a vibrating jig from Lil’ Hustler and a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver.

 

2. Gregory Wilder led the first two days and did basically all his damage with what he calls a “green pumpkin Senko,” which is a Zoom Trick Worm in either merthiolate or bubble gum.  Mostly he fished it weightless on braid with a fluorocarbon leader, but he occasionally added a nail weight when the tide was higher.

 

3. A trio of topwaters did it for Travis Manson. He relied on a black River2Sea Whopper Plopper in the 90 size, an old 3/8-ounce buzzbait doctored to squeak more and a Savage Gear popping frog.

 

4. Bradley Staley says he pretty much stuck with one bait the whole week – a 3/8-ounce Dave’s Tournament Tackle Vibrating Jig in the Potomac killer color with a Zoom Speed Craw for a trailer.

 

5. Ed Casey caught a few on a Yamamoto Senko, but his primary bait was a Terminator Spinnerbait with a Zoom Tab Tail Grub for a trailer.

 

6. Mike Blake says he threw a whole variety of swimming baits this week. They included a Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog thrown blank on a Z-Man ChatterBait, a Zoom Speed Worm, a Dave’s Tournament Tackle swim jig in a shad pattern and a Keitech Model 1 Tungsten Casting Jig paired with a YUM Christie Craw.  

 

7. Moving up from tenth on the final day, Charlie Reed Jr., says he mostly stuck with a homemade 3/8-ounce swim jig in green pumpkin trailered with a Strike King Rage Bug and Rage Craw.

 

8. Joseph Wood did some work with a Yamamoto Senko and a few other baits, but his big bites came on a Missile Baits D Bomb.

 

9. William Kramer had a great day one and could never quite back it up. He caught them on a LIVETARGET Hollow Body Frog on day one and also used a spinnerbait and a homemade swim jig in black and blue or green pumpkin with a 3-inch Berkley PowerBait Chigger Craw as a trailer.

 

10. Flipping was the deal for Jason Kervin this week. For the most part, he flipped a Missile Baits D Bomb with a 1 1/4-ounce tungsten weight. After losing his last big weight on the final day, he tried it out with a pair of ¾-ounce weights with no success.

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