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Wedding, Balachvili Top Potomac Double-Header

Wedding, Balachvili Top Potomac Double-Header
Robert Wedding

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Marbury with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Potomac River events.

Boater Robert Wedding of Welcome, Md., brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 14 pounds, 8 ounces to win on Friday and earn $3,153, then Tom Balachvili of Scarsdale, N.Y., brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 10 ounces to win $2,793.

“I focused all day on the mid-river area, from Mattawoman to the Belmont area,” says Wedding. “I stayed in those two areas and bounced back and forth.”

Wedding fished shallow, staying right on the grass edges.

 “I was dragging a (Yamamoto) Senko, (green-pumpkin) with a 1/8-ounce Titan Tungsten pegged weight,” Wedding continued. “I also caught a few on a Dave’s Tournament Tackle swim jig (black-and-blue and green-pumpkin).”

 

The top five boaters on Friday:

 1st: Robert Wedding of Welcome, Md., five bass, 14-8, $3,153

 2nd: Cody Pike of Powhatan, Va., five bass, 13-5, $1,919

 3rd: Barton Wines of Marshall, Va., five bass, 12-12, $948

 4th: Michael Sentore of Gloucester City, N.J., five bass, 12-8, $862

 5th: Mike Rodevitz of Colebrook, N.H., five bass, 12-2, $568

Complete results for Friday’s event can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Wedding also earned Friday’s $315 Boater Big Bass award with a 4-pound, 8-ounce largemouth bass.

Pike took home an extra $500 as Friday’s highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

 

Co-angler Jeff Mellott

Mellott wins Friday co-angler title

Jeff Mellott of Warfordsburg, Pa., earned the win in the Co-angler Division Friday after catching five bass weighing 9 pounds, 13 ounces. For his victory Mellott earned $1,419.

 

The top five co-anglers on Friday:

 1st: Jeff Mellott of Warfordsburg, Pa., five bass, 9-13, $1,419

 2nd: Michael Burke of Breinigsville, Pa., five bass, 8-9, $710

 3rd: Anthony Shanz of Selbyville, Del., two bass, 6-13, $402

 4th: Devon Kitson of Montclair, N.J., three bass, 6-13, $402

 5th: Dubi Mejia of Georgetown, Del., three bass, 6-7, $284

David Compton Jr. of Mount Bethel, Pa., caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division Friday, weighing in at 4 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $157.

 

Tom Balachvili

Balachvili wins co-angler title on Saturday

On Saturday, winning boater Tom Balachvili said that he stuck to Belmont Bay.

“I spent the day in Belmont Bay, throwing a Zoom Trick Worm – sometimes on a shaky-head rig, sometimes on a drop-shot rig,” Balachvili says. “The key was the tide. I didn’t have much practice so on Friday I didn’t leave when the bite stopped, I just waited them out. On Saturday I knew when the bite was going to be on, so I was able to use my time more efficiently.”

Balachvili says that he threw two different colors of the Trick Worm – black and green-pumpkin with a chartreuse tail.

“I put my heart and soul into fishing and there is a lot more disappointment than victories,” Balachvili goes on to say. “But, when the victories come, it feels amazing and makes all of the hard work worth it.’

 

The top five boaters on Saturday:

 1st: Tom Balachvili of Scarsdale, N.Y., five bass, 16-10, $2,793

 2nd: Kermit Crowder of Matoaca, Va., five bass, 14-13, $1,597

 3rd: Michael Sentore of Gloucester City, N.J., five bass, 13-15, $1,631

 4th: Joseph Thompson of Coatesville, Pa., five bass, 13-12, $652

 5th: Barton Wines of Marshall, Va., five bass, 11-8, $559

Complete results for Saturday’s event can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Jason Tibbetts of Centreville, Virginia, earned Saturday’s $310 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 8-ounce largemouth bass.

Sentore took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member.

 

Co-angler Frank Hutchinson

Hutchinson wins Saturday co-angler title

Frank Hutchinson of Mullica Hill, N.J., earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching four bass weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory Hutchinson earned $1,397.

 

The top five co-anglers Saturday:

 1st: Frank Hutchinson of Mullica Hill, N.J., four bass, 9-1, $1,397

 2nd: Matt Hummel of Lancaster, Pa., five bass, 8-12, $698

 3rd: Tim McGlenn of Welcome, Md., four bass, 7-15, $465

 4th: Richard Jensen of Virginia Beach, Va., four bass, 7-11, $326

 5th: Richard Favire of Alpine, N.Y., three bass, 7-6, $279

Joshua Torres of Brandywine, Maryland, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds even. The catch earned him Saturday’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $155.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Double-Header on the Potomac River was the third and fourth of five qualifying events in the Northeast Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Northeast Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Virginia, hosted by Richmond Region Tourism. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.

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