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

Hughes Taps Two Stages of Potomac Spawn

Hughes Taps Two Stages of Potomac Spawn
Jesepth Hughes

Jesepth Hughes of King George, Virginia, caught five bass weighing 21 pounds, 13 ounces, Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division opener on the Potomac River presented by Navionics. For his victory, Hughes earned $4,948.

“I ran 15 miles south to Aquia Creek and fished two main patterns – targeting spawning fish in the mouth of Aquia and targeting prespawn fish that were moving out of the creek,” Hughes says.

“For the spawners I was just blind casting to where the beds usually are at, dragging a black and blue-colored Zoom worm. For the prespawn fish I had an area on a big flat – kind of a shell-bed hump with a few stumps. I worked that area with a ChatterBait.”

Hughes’ ChatterBait of choice was an Original Z-Man with a green-pumpkin-colored Strike King Rage Tail Craw. He says that he caught around a dozen keepers on the day – four dragging the worm, the rest on the ChatterBait.

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Jesepth Hughes, King George, Va., five bass, 21-13, $4,948

2nd:         Matthew Caffi, Fairfax, Va., five bass, 19-1, $2,674

3rd:         Tom Bateman, LaPlata, Md., five bass, 18-13, $2,026

4th:         Safulla Rana, Warrenton, Va., five bass, 18-11, $1,255

5th:         Gregory Wilder, Millersville, Md., five bass, 18-0, $990

6th:         Ryan Powroznik, Hopewell, Va., five bass, 17-14, $907

7th:         Kyle Hoffman, Harpers Ferry, W.Va., five bass, 17-11, $825

8th:         Aaron Bartlett, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 17-8, $742

9th:         Scott Banton, Midlothian, Va., five bass, 17-2, $660

10th:       Joseph Thompson, Coatesville, Pa., five bass, 16-8, $577

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Bateman caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $377.

 

Jenkins wins co-angler title

Lew Jenkins of Waldorf, Maryland, won the Co-angler Division and $3,051 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds even.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Lew Jenkins, Waldorf, Md., five bass, 18-0, $3,051

2nd:         Roland Burton, Hopewell, Va., five bass, 17-11, $1,237

3rd:         Jonathan Dietz, Corry, Pa., five bass, 17-4, $824

4th:         David Williams, Fredericksburg, Va., five bass, 17-3, $627

5th:         Billy Brown, Dahlgren, Va., five bass, 16-11, $495

6th:         Lenny Baird, Stafford, Va., five bass, 16-10, $454

7th:         Michael Nelms, Hartwood, Va., five bass, 16-3, $412

8th:         Gregory Callas, Falls Church, Va., five bass, 15-13, $371

9th:         John Henning, Lansdale, Pa., five bass, 15-8, $330

10th:       Lewis Williams, Roanoke, Va., five bass, 15-7, $289

Jenkins caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a 5-pound, 8-ounce fish – that also earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $377.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on the Chesapeake Bay in North East, Maryland. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

 

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