WALDORF -- David Fritts, 33, a professional fisherman from Lexington, N.C., produced a 16-pound, 8-ounce catch yesterday to move from fifth to first place with a two-day total of 30 pounds, 6 ounces for 10 bass in the $175,000 BASSMASTER Maryland Invitational on the Potomac River.
Fritts had caught only two bass by noon, but had his five-bass daily limit an hour later. Fritts said he fished seven spots and is catching bass on high water.
John Hale of Lufkin, Texas, was second with a two-day total of nine bass weighing 23-12.
Piers Hackley of Kensington, the opening-day leader, who competed although bothered by sore ribs as a result of bouncing against the sides of his boat, slipped to fourth place when his catch of three bass weighed in at 6 pounds.