John Mullican, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on February 7, 2012 | Permalink
St Judes Benefit Tournament on the upper Potomac
An open tournament to raise money for St Judes Children’s Hospital was held on the upper Potomac River at the Brunswick Campground last Saturday. Dave and Mary Baker and Smoketown Bait and Tackle have hosted the popular winter tournament since 2009. Although State regulations permit five bass per angler with a 12” minimum size, tournament rules limited anglers to five bass per boat with a 15” minimum size. In the midst of a heavy snow squall, the twenty seven participating teams brought in 68 smallmouth bass over 15” with 11 of those exceeding 18”! First place went to the reigning champions Chris Cannon and Jerry Dayhoff who brought in five bass with a weight of 14.7 lbs. Runners up Jason Barrick and Doug Zittle finished a close second with five bass at 14.5 lbs. Congratulations to all the anglers that participated to raise money for a good cause. Several of the winners also donated their winnings.Open tournaments like this one are a good opportunity for Inland Fisheries to collect information about angler catch rates and bass growth rates and are an important tool in managing the fishery. Following the weigh-in procedure and data collection, the bass were held in an aerated tank and subsequently released back into the Potomac.