Evinrude pro angler Scott Martin knows from experience what to expect from the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division stop on the Potomac River in Marbury on June 19-21, and he has high expectations.
"My favorite thing about the Potomac is that you have a lot of fishable water," said Martin, who won a Walmart FLW Tour event there in 2012. "The whole river is good. This time of the year the fish will be postspawn and it will fish really similar to how I won two years ago. Everything is a little behind schedule this year, though."
Martin said that he thought moving baits such as crankbaits, spinnerbaits and ChatterBaits would be effective in addition to flipping plastics around the river's plentiful grass beds.
"There are two flipping approaches," the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup champion said. "One is a lighter weight where you will flip the scattered grass or shoreline wood. The second flipping deal is more of a punching setup where you will actually look for mats of grass around low tide.
"There are ways to catch them on every tide depending on what someone is comfortable with. I ran the river quite a bit to follow the tides when I won. But, some guys might be more comfortable just sitting in an area and waiting for the tide to get right. The Potomac is a pretty consistent fishery. I would say that 19 pounds per day will earn the win."
As many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take off from Smallwood State Park located at 2750 Sweden Point Road at 6 a.m. daily. Bass weigh-ins will be held at the launch site beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Saturday's final weigh-in will take place at 3:30 p.m. at Walmart in La Plata. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.
The Rayovac FLW Series consists of five divisions: Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division has three tournaments, with competitors vying for points that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the Rayovac FLW Series Championship on Oct. 30-Nov. 1 on Wheeler Lake in Rogersville, Ala.
Ron McMorrow, Craig Sheridan and Joey Cover, all of Annapolis, captured the top prize in last Saturday's annual Kent Narrows Fly and Light Tackle Catch and Release Tournament sponsored by the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland.
The trio's largest three fish totaled 93¿3/4 inches.
Griff Evans of Chester caught the longest fish (31¿3/4 inches), and his team won the CCA Calcutta.
Other winners were Joe Taylor, Annapolis, 25¿1/4 inches, fly division; Rick Souder, Grasonville, 22¿1/4 inches, kayak division; and Craig Sheridan, Technical Fisherman Award.
More than 100 anglers participated.