Big bass elusive in Bassmaster stop

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September 23, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

MARBURY -- Day 1 of the Bassmaster BP Top 100 pro-am fishing tournament on the Potomac River closed out yesterday with a two-way tie for first place between Randy Dearman of Onalaska, Texas, and Tom Biffle of Wagoner, Okla.

The co-leaders registered five-bass limits weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces.

Dearman, however, was penalized 2 ounces for weighing in a dead bass to fall into the tie with Biffle.

Dale Chambers of Waldorf leads the amateur division with 10 pounds, 7 ounces. Four of the top 10 amateurs yesterday were from Maryland.

While Biffle and Dearman did well, many of the pros fishing this tournament seemed to think fishing conditions were less than optimal.

"Today, you never really knew what the water was going to be like,no matter where you went," said Woo Daves of Spring Grove, Va. "I felt like I could catch 1-pound fish all day, but finding the big fish was tough."

Light to heavy rains earlier in the week had made the Potomac and its tidal creeks murky. Showers and a possible thunderstorm are forecast for today.

Guy Eaker, a North Carolina pro who was among the first flight to weigh in at Smallwood State Park yesterday afternoon, said, "The fish were just starting to turn on when we had to come in."

Both Dearman and Biffle weighed in during the later flights of the afternoon.

Jim Bitter of Fruitland Park, Fla., won this tournament last year with more than 68 pounds taken largely from one hump in mid-river. Yesterday, he weighed in 8 pounds, 11 ounces, even though he returned to the hump.

"But, like Mother Hubbard's cupboard, the rock was bare," said Bitter.

The tournament runs through Saturday, with weigh-ins starting daily at 3 p.m.

Top 10 pros

(day 1)

1. Tom Biffle, Oklahoma, 15-6

(tie) Randy Dearman, Texas, 15-6

3. Claude Fishburne, Georgia, 14-12

4. John Murray, Arizona, 14-11

(tie) Larry Williams, Ohio, 14-11

6. Stacey King, Missouri, 14-3

7. Jerry Williams, Arkansas, 14-1

8. Ray Sedgwick, S. Carolina, 13-13

9. Jack Hains, Louisiana, 13-10

0$ 10. Steve Daniel, Florida, 12-15

Top 10 amateurs

1. Dale Chambers, Waldorf, 10-7

2. Steve Cook, North Carolina, 10-3

3. Philip Bakanorosky, New Jersey, 9-11

4. Clyde McFalls, Virginia, 9-9

5. Michael Davis, Mechanicsville, 9-7

6. Brude Trombley, Connecticut, 9-6

7. Billy Stack, Prince Frederick, 9-5

8. James Tompkins, Virginia, 8-14

9. Tom Haynes, Oklahoma, 8-11

, 10. Joseph Welk, Laurel, 8-9

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