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Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

It hasn’t been easy going on the Potomac River for the Toyota Series Eastern Division event, but after two days the top 10 pros have dialed the river in enough to make championship Saturday. Wayne Vaughan still leads after two days, and even though he’s got nearly a 5-pound lead over second, the rest of the top pros aren’t willing to give up that easily. Saturday’s final round will feature drastically different weather with sunshine in the forecast and with it being a weekend there will be plenty of people out enjoying the resource.

So, it may look like a one-horse race, but anything can happen on a fishery with 4-, 5- and even 6-pounders.

Vaughan’s leading pattern

Complete results

 

James Maupin

2. James Maupin – Stanardsville, Va. – 26-14 (10)

365体育投注The award for most consistent angler thus far certainly goes to James Maupin, who’s weighed limits of 13 pounds, 4 ounces and 13-10 on days one and two. His program is solid, but Maupin thinks the weather has had a lot to do with his success.

“I think the rain and the clouds helped me out,” Maupin says. “I’ve caught most of my fish on moving baits – like ChatterBaits – stuff like that. But I’m fishing grass like everybody else. I’ve got a handful of areas from Mattawoman to Aquia. Wherever I see grass I pull over and mess with it a little bit.”

365体育投注Tomorrow’s sun is something that you’d think could hinder a bite like Maupin’s, considering he’s had decent success the last two days in overcast conditions. But Maupin is hopeful for his bite tomorrow.

365体育投注“I think tomorrow it’s going to be good for me in the morning,” he says. “I’ve had a limit early both days by 8 or 8:30. So, I think I’ll catch a limit early and then I’m going to try for some of the fish I saw chase my bait today. I could have had a big bag if they ate.”

While Maupin is going to give it his all to try and win, he’s also relishing the fact he’s made his first major cut in an FLW event.

“This is so cool,” Maupin says of making the top 10. “This is my first cut I’ve ever made in like 37 FLW events. I see what the boys feel like now. I’m loving it.”

 

Todd Walters

3. Todd Walters – Kernersville, N.C. – 26-13 (10)

Todd Walters isn’t letting lack of experience on the Potomac hold him back this week. He’s put together limits of 10-8 and 16-5 to move into contention for the win on Saturday.

“This is only my second time on the Potomac River,” Walters says. “I fished a [Phoenix Bass Fishing League] Regional here last year, but I grew up on a river and fished rivers up north, which are different and aren’t tidal, but the fish still relate to current and a bass is a bass.

365体育投注“I stumbled a little bit the first day and I think that’s ultimately going to kill me, but today was much, much better," says Walters. "They’re biting early and they’re biting late and there’s a very long lull between the two.”

Without much tidal experience, Walters isn’t trying to work with the tides. Instead, he’s got a few areas that he knows have fish and he’s camping on them until they bite.

“I don’t think these fish are relating to the tide based on where I’m fishing,” he adds. “I went in an area late yesterday and caught my best fish where I had only caught them in the morning. I went there late today and caught a 4 and a 4 ½. The tides were different yesterday and today, so hopefully I can grind it out and suck it up for 6 hours when they’re not biting and catch some early and few good ones later in the day. But, it’s Saturday tomorrow and there’s going to be a lot of boat traffic and recreational fishermen, so we’ll see.”

 

Danny Kirk

4. Danny Kirk – Bartow, Ga. – 25-9 (10)

365体育投注Moving up one spot from yesterday, Kirk posted an 11-6 limit to keep himself inside the top five, though it wasn’t without making a few adjustments.

365体育投注“I moved off of my main area and culled a couple because we’ve beat them fish up in the main area I’m fishing,” Kirk says. “I didn’t have any wind on my spot today, so I didn’t get a bigger bite this morning and didn’t have as good of a catch today.”

365体育投注Targeting grass, Kirk is using a handful of moving baits to focus on a pretty specific chunk of the river.

365体育投注“I’m catching them on a lot of different baits,” Kirk says. “Spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, Pop-Rs and worms. I’m just beating them to death where I know there’s a few. But it’s not over a hundred-yard stretch where I’m catching my fish. I’m going to start there tomorrow to try and get a limit and then move off. Tomorrow I’m going to have some wind and I’m going to move around some. I’m 6 pounds out of first, so I need a good bag tomorrow.”

 

Joseph Thompson

5. Joseph Thompson – Coatesville, Pa. – 25-5 (10)

365体育投注With 17 career BFL top 10s on the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay, it’s no shock to see Joseph Thompson competing on Saturday. The Pennsylvania pro has strung together two nearly identical days of fishing, but he’s going to need some real fireworks to have a shot at his biggest win yet.

365体育投注“The first day I caught 22 fish and today I only caught five,” Thompson says. “The water got muddy overnight because of the storms we had and the area I was fishing got really muddy and I had to grind for them. Then I made about a 35- to 40-minute ride with hardly no time left and flipped a mat and caught No. 5.”

365体育投注Decisions like that can make or break a day, and they come easier for someone like Thompson who knows the river so well. With years of experience on the Potomac, Thompson is planning to stick with what got him this point.

365体育投注“Right now I plan on running the same program, however, there’s going to be a lot of local pressure tomorrow so I’m going to expand on my main area a little bit. I don’t think I hurt the fish there much today because it was so muddy I was lucky to catch the four I did. I’m hoping it cleans up just a little more for tomorrow.”

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Maupin Takes Potomac Title

Maupin Takes Potomac Title

The dock talk all week at the Potomac River for the Toyota Series Eastern Division event was that fishing was tough. That rang true again today as the wind help stall the tide making things tough for most of the top 10. James Maupin, however, kept his streak of consistency alive as he weighed his third 13-pound-plus limit of the week to move from second to first with 40 pounds, 11 ounces overall. For the win, Maupin earns his first FLW trophy and over $24,000.  READ MORE »

Potomac Midday Update – Day 3

Potomac Midday Update – Day 3

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Roten Best from the Back on the Potomac

Roten Best from the Back on the Potomac

James Roten has had a phenomenal year as a co-angler on the Toyota Series. He started it off with a top 10 in the Central Division event on Lake Chickamauga back in February. Then, weeks later he finished second on Hartwell to kick off the Eastern Division. Now, the 53-year-old mechanic claimed the top prize in just his fourth Toyota Series event ever. READ MORE »

Vaughan Cruising at the Potomac

Vaughan Cruising at the Potomac

The leaderboard definitely saw some shuffling on day two of the Toyota Series Eastern Division event on the Potomac River, but Wayne Vaughan managed to keep the top spot thanks to another solid day. Weighing 14 pounds, 10 ounces today, Vaughan’s total now stands at 31-10 and gives him a nearly 5-pound lead over second place. If he can put it together for one more day, Vaughan will take home his second Toyota Series title in just as many years. READ MORE »

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Saturday’s final round will feature drastically different weather with sunshine in the forecast and with it being a weekend there will be plenty of people out enjoying the resource. READ MORE »

Potomac Midday Update – Day 2

Potomac Midday Update – Day 2

Clouds once again greeted the field for day two of the Toyota Series Eastern Division event on the Potomac River and the fish were biting this morning. With low tide this morning around 8:40 a.m. ET – about an hour and a half later than yesterday – more anglers had time to capitalize on the strong bite revolving around that window today. READ MORE »

Vaughan Out Front on the Potomac

Vaughan Out Front on the Potomac

Taking the lead after day one with 17 pounds, Wayne Vaughan separated himself from the rest of the tightly-packed top 10 thanks in large part to his 6-5 kicker. Vaughan’s past experience on the river is playing a role this week, but a bite like that helps the cause almost anywhere in the country. READ MORE »

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Potomac River Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

September is a tough time to fish almost any body of water and while the Potomac River may not be showing its true colors for the second stop of the Toyota Series Eastern Division the top pros are making do. Wayne Vaughan dropped 17 pounds on the scale to take the lead thanks in large part to his 6-5 kicker. Behind him, however, is a pack of hungry pros – some locals, some not – separated by just a few pounds with their sights set on fishing in the championship round. READ MORE »

Potomac Midday Update – Day 1

Potomac Midday Update – Day 1

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Eastern Division Heads to the Potomac

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Foster Dominates at Ft. Gibson

Foster Dominates at Ft. Gibson

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McCaig Wins on Neely Henry

McCaig Wins on Neely Henry

Grinding for three days on Neely Henry was rough work, but Mark McCaig totaled up 33 pounds, 12 ounces for the win in the final Toyota Series Southeastern Division event of the season. Weighing 10-3 on the final day, McCaig earned $21,190 for his win, plus the $35,000 Phoenix Bonus and a $1,500 Mercury Bonus for a total of more than $57,000. READ MORE »

Foster Keeps Rolling on Ft. Gibson

Foster Keeps Rolling on Ft. Gibson

On a tough Fort Gibson fishery, Cameron Foster is making it look easy as he hauled in 18 pounds, 5 ounces on day two of the Toyota Series Southwestern Division event to back up his day-one performance of 22-11. With 41-0 overall, Foster holds a massive lead worth 11-13 heading into Friday’s final round of action. While Foster has had decent success from the back of the boat, he’s en route to posting the biggest win of his career if he can keep things rolling. READ MORE »

McCaig Moves Ahead on Neely Henry

McCaig Moves Ahead on Neely Henry

Ordinarily, weighing 14 pounds isn’t such a big deal. But, with things as tough as they are this week for the anglers in the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event on Neely Henry, 14 pounds is a really big deal. Weighing the biggest bag of the event so far, Mark McCaig dropped 14 pounds, 10 ounces on the scale on day two to jump into the lead with a 23-9 total. READ MORE »

Neely Henry Midday Update – Day 2

Neely Henry Midday Update – Day 2

Despite bright sun, slick calm and zero current early this morning, the bite on Neely Henry seemed to be just a bit better for Toyota Series Southeastern Division anglers on day two. READ MORE »

Foster Drops 22-11 For Ft. Gibson Lead

Foster Drops 22-11 For Ft. Gibson Lead

The second stop of the Toyota Series Southwestern Division season took anglers to Fort Gibson Lake in Oklahoma where they were greeted with low water and temperatures in the mid-80s as they set out for day one of competition making things a little tough. Still, while limits in the mid- to low-teens were commonplace at weigh-in, Cameron Foster sacked 22 pounds, 11 ounces to take a 4-3 lead over Danny Weems. READ MORE »

Potomac River Readies for Toyota Series Event

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Nixon Leads on Neely Henry

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Day one of the Toyota Series Southeastern Division event on Neely Henry was about as grimy as can be, with only a handful of pros and co-anglers topping the 10-pound mark. In the lead on the pro side, Jason Nixon of Wetumpka, Ala., took the lead with 10 pounds, 14 ounces. READ MORE »

Neely Henry Midday Update – Day 1

Neely Henry Midday Update – Day 1

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Daves Gets No. 4

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