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UPCOMING EVENT: ABU GARCIA COLLEGE FISHING - 2020 - Kentucky / Barkley Lake

Vaughan Cruising at the Potomac

Vaughan Cruising at the Potomac
Wayne Vaughan

After taking the lead on day one of the Toyota Series Eastern Division event on the Potomac River with a 17-pound limit, Wayne Vaughan wasn’t sure he’d even be able to catch a limit today. Turns out he was more than capable as he put together a limit worth 14-10 to move his total weight up to 31-10 and put him in position to take his second Toyota Series title in as many years.

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365体育投注On paper, it seems like Vaughan is having no trouble catching fish, but the Chester, Va., pro says the reality is quite the opposite. 

365体育投注“I’m being 100 percent truthful when I tell you that catching a limit out there isn’t the easiest thing to do,” Vaughan says. “It’s fishing the toughest I’ve ever seen it fish before. But the weights are actually better than I expected to see, but we’ve had two good days for fishing. We’ve had overcast days with no people around to really speak of. Tomorrow there’s another tournament going on and there were some guys following me around, so we’ll see what happens.”

365体育投注With a local tournament taking place Saturday, Vaughan and the rest of the top 10 are a bit wary about how the day will go – especially with the river fishing as tough as it is. The other curveball is the weather. The first two days have been cooler, rainy and cloudy. Tomorrow, the sun is supposed to shine and that could shut things down.

365体育投注“Every day we practiced it was sunny, calm conditions and it was tough,” explains Vaughan. “We’ve been out there for two days now and if I had to guess I’d think it’ll probably tighten up a little bit, but somebody is going to catch them.”

365体育投注Vaughan continued his game plan of running hard cover and weed flats today and while he has vast knowledge of the Potomac, he feels confident in just a few areas that have got him this far.

“I don’t have a whole, whole lot,” Vaughan says of his places to fish. “I got to rely on what I got. I’ve got one other area that I didn’t fish today, but I don’t feel like there’s a ton of bass there.

“Where I started this morning, it was no good. I left and ran a couple other spots and got myself to about 12 ½ pounds. I went flipping around from there and that didn’t go all that well, and then I went over to the area I caught that big fish yesterday and was able to cull twice. But, I leaned on ‘em pretty hard.”

With a decent lead and one more day separating Vaughan from his second Toyota Series title, he’s not ready to celebrate yet. Vaughan won his first Series trophy last year on the St. Lawrence River and would love to taste victory again, but understands there’s still work to be done.

“I’m a firm believer in these things man, you got to get yourself there and if it’s meant for you to win, you win ‘em,” he says. “They’re so hard to win. Any of them. I don’t care if you’re fishing a local tournament against buddies of yours, tournaments are just hard to win. I don’t take any of them for granted. It’d mean a lot to me to win here close to my house and on a body of water I like a lot. But I got one more day. It’s not over yet.”

 

Top 10 pros

1. Wayne Vaughan – Chester, Va. – 31-10 (10)

365体育投注2. James Maupin ­– Stanardsville, Va. – 26-14 (10)

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

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

365体育投注5. Joseph Thompson – Coatesville, Pa. – 25-5 (10)

6. Bryan Schmitt – Deale, Md. – 24-11 (10)

7. Kurt Mitchell – Milford, Del. – 24-3 (10)

8. David Williams – Maiden, N.C. – 24-1 (10)

365体育投注9. Michael Hall – Annandale, Va. – 23-14 (10)

365体育投注10. Cody Pike – Powhatan, Va. – 23-14 (10)

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James Roten

Roten takes co-angler lead

Making his third top 10 on the Toyota Series in 2020, James Roten is looking to finally put his hands on the big trophy. Paired with pro leader Wayne Vaughan tomorrow, Roten will certainly be around fish and likely the quality of fish he’ll need to secure a title. After two days his total weight for the weeks stands at 22-13 and not only does Roten hold a 2-5 lead over second, but he’s also the only co-angler in the top 10 to post limits both days of competition. If he keeps it up, he’s got a good chance of being the owner of a brand-new Phoenix 518 Pro boat.

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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

Clouds have lingered throughout the morning, which most of the top 10 were thankful for as the bite has been better than it was during practice when conditions were calm and sunny. READ MORE »

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

It was a gloomy start to the first day of competition for the Toyota Series Eastern Division event on the Potomac River, and though it seems like a fishy day, so far the fish don’t seem to think so. READ MORE »

Eastern Division Heads to the Potomac

Eastern Division Heads to the Potomac

The Toyota Series Eastern Division rolls on with the Toyota Series at the Potomac River. Hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner. READ MORE »

Foster Dominates at Ft. Gibson

Foster Dominates at Ft. Gibson

Throughout the week on Fort Gibson for the second stop of the Toyota Series Southwestern Division, the field found tough fishing with big bites few and far between. And then there was local pro Cameron Foster. READ MORE »

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

Potomac River Readies for Toyota Series Event

MARBURY, Md. – Marbury, Maryland is set to host an FLW bass-fishing tournament next week, Sept. 10-12, with the Toyota Series at the Potomac River event. Hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting... READ MORE »

Nixon Leads on Neely Henry

Nixon Leads on Neely Henry

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

Anglers fishing the Toyota Series Southeastern Division on Neely Henry this morning got just about the best weather you could ask for when it comes to late summer fishing in the south: heavy clouds with a slight breeze to ripple the water. READ MORE »

Daves Gets No. 4

Daves Gets No. 4

Boater Chris Daves of Spring Grove, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Shenandoah Division Super-Tournament on the Potomac River. Daves earned a total of $5,197 for his victory. READ MORE »