N. Carolina angler takes lead in bass contest on Potomac

October 12, 1990|By Special to The Sun

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.

Thomas Fouche of Frederick and Bob Dobart of Baltimore were the only other Marylanders to finish among the first 30 after two rounds. Fouche was seventh with 10 bass at 22-9. Dobart was 29th with nine bass at 17-2.

Yesterday's winds pushed the tidal water higher than normal, and similar conditions are expected today, with a chance of thunderstorms.

Most of the 304 fishermen used jigs and worms on grass in bays and creeks in catching 661 bass yesterday. All but two were returned alive to the Potomac River.

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