BassWestUSA - March/April, 2011, Page 97


Story by Dave Kilby


Region 4 VP and longtime tournament director Dave Kilby will again host the ever-popular TGIF Friday Chesapeake Pro Teams which has grown to an average of nearly 30 teams. He will also lead the Gunpowder Pro Teams division that enters into its sopho- more season in Joppatowne, MD. Changes were necessary and then made up north in upstate New York. Matt Guchess, owner of the River Rat Marina and Tackle Store will assume duties as the new Oneida Pro Teams director. Matt’s in an ideal position both strategically and logistically to run this trail. He knows many of the teams who compete in this divi- sion and will launch the events from his protected marina in the canal at the west end of the lake. Under Matt’s leadership Oneida Pro Teams should resume prominence as one of the largest divi- sions in the organization. Directors are still needed for Virginia, Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland, the Delaware River, and the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, and the 1000 Islands Region. Interested persons should contact Dave Kilby at 443-617-1850 or at limit New sponsors for this year include Castle Marine, an autho- rized Mercury service and repair facility in northern Baltimore County who bends over backwards to get our Angler’s Choice teams back on the water before it’s time to practice for the next tournament. Whatever your preference for bass shing is you’ll be sure to nd it in the waters shed by angler’s in Region 4. Why not join us?


The 2011 U.S. Anglers Choice Region 4 season which started in October of 2010 came to a screeching halt once December rolled around. Some of the best shing in the entire Mid-Atlantic area can be found on the Potomac River and the Upper Chesa- peake Bay, however spree of brutal winter storms that have blan- keted the eastern part of the country have made these areas all but un shable this winter. Traditionally, the late fall and winter seasons are not harsh enough to freeze the entire tidal region in the DelMarVa area but this winter was the exception. Only 2 of the 7 Potomac Winter Pro Teams events were held and just 4 Chesapeake Fall Pro Teams are in the books. Sure, we’ve dealt with skim ice a time or two over the years but nothing like this. The wind has also been relentless and strong each weekend, it seems. With all of these odds stacked against us and safety being top priority, these two trails have been temporar- ily suspended. On the upside, the long winter has given all of the Region 4 anglers a chance to visit the many shing and outdoor shows that pepper the east coast. It’s been a great time to make boat and shing gear repairs, organize tackle, and prepare for the 2011 season. Region 4 has some exciting new changes ahead for 2011. The Eastern Shore Pro Teams division returns under the guidance of Ryan Abey. This trail will focus on many of the tributaries that branch off of the Eastern Shore of the famous Chesapeake Bay. Matt Garick, Sr. will head up the new and highly antici- pated Conowingo Pro Teams circuit. Conowingo Reservoir is the southernmost pool of the Susquehanna River before it empties into the headwaters of the mighty Chesapeake. Upper Susquehanna Pro Teams Director Harry Wert had a challenging offseason as a large portion of the Up- per Susquehanna River was placed off limits. All of his tournaments will launch at Sunbury, but that still leaves lots of skinny water for his teams to load the boat with 20 pounds of smallmouth! Under Nate Lancaster’s leadership Region 4 is slowly rebuilding the West Virginia Pro Teams Division. Fish- ing bodies of water that all boast a “grand slam” of bass (largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted) the winners are sometimes not determined until the nal minutes of the tournament. Raystown Pro Teams, overseen by John Schoener be- gan its second year in November. This still-young circuit should prove to be a very popular trail as the word contin- ues to spread. All tournaments are launching from James Creek. Director Tim Chadwick will again be at the helm of some of the largest divisions in the U.S. Angler’s Choice Pro Teams family. Tim will run the Potomac Pro Teams, Chesapeake Pro Teams, and TGIF Friday Potomac Pro Teams circuits.


March/April 2011