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day two being the perfect shoot out to determine who would take the Region 4 AOY crown. Sitting atop the leader board after day one was the team of Doug and Lew Jenkins who hail from the TGIF Potomac Pro Teams Division. Team Jenkins were surprised to learn that they were leading with just 12.53 pounds, which by day one’s standards, was an awesome limit! Close on their heels, however were Vince Troiano and Pete Gluzsek from the TGIF Chesapeake Pro Teams trail with 12.49. sit- ting in third were the Gunpowder Pro Teams anglers Matt Garick, Sr and Steve Lapp, Jr with 12.11 pounds. Rounding out the top 5 were Brian Stack and Robert Wedding from the Potomac Pro Teams with 11.62 and Greg Wilder and Fred Downey from the Potomac Winter Pro Teams Division with 11.59 pounds. Day one big bass leaders were Vince and Pete with a nice largemouth weighing 4.39 pounds. John Hart and Ed Pribish, both Premium members will receive $1000 for their 4.11 pound bass from As the shermen awoke during the dark hours of day two, some of the teams were probably wondering if they were at the same venue since all of the ags, banners, pennants and leaves hung motionless as there was virtually no wind at all. Everyone was excited to be able to run to their chosen spots as many teams were con ned to the somewhat calmer water of Mattawoman Creek by the driving winds on Day One.

Smallwood State Park on the Potomac River served as the backdrop for the US Anglers Choice Region 4 Team Champion- ships held this past October 21st-23rd. A total of 90 qualifying teams showed up for this prestigious event which awarded a new Legend boats/Mercury ProXS motor package to the winning team. We all know the line from ‘The Night Before Christmas’ that says, ‘Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads’ and that’s how a lot of the teams felt going into this week as ‘Visions of 20 pound stringers and 6-7 pound lunkers danced in their heads’. In years past, the summer-to-fall transition on the Potomac River is almost like a holiday. Bass anglers plan trips to the area of the Nation’s Capital to take advantage of the big largemouth that inhabit the river. The Potomac River is usually on re at this time of year as seemingly thousands of 5-7 pound bass willingly surrender to almost any bait venturing in their direction. For this tournament, however the opposite was true. On the rst day of competition, anglers were greeted by 20MPH winds, unpredictable tides, muddy water conditions, a full moon, and a week’s worth of pre- shing pressure that had placed the sh in an uncooperative mood. After the scales closed on the rst day of the tournament, it appeared as though it would be anyone’s event to win as only 4 pounds separated rst from fortieth place! This would result in


1 st Place Doug and Lew Jenkins



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