Potomac settles for new leader

OUTDOORS

September 25, 1993|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

MARBURY -- A 20-knot wind roiled the Potomac River !B yesterday morning, and by the time the waters cleared in the afternoon, the Bassmaster BP Top 100 pro-am tournament had a new leader.

"The place where I had been catching my fish was too muddy in the morning," said Stacey King of Reeds Spring, Mo., who weighed in 11 pounds, 15 ounces to move from second into first place with a total of 42 pounds, 13 ounces.

"But I went back to them after the water cleared. I only caught seven fish all day, so I am especially thankful for what I have got."

Denny Brauer of Camdenton, Mo., moved from third to second place with a catch of 13 pounds, 4 ounces.

When the boats left Smallwood State Park at 7 a.m., the waves were three feet or higher on the main river.

The river did not begin to clear until the tide changed just before noon, said Brauer, who trails King by 1 pound, 11 ounces.

Once the river began to clear, the fish began to bite for all the leaders except Tom Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., who caught only two fish for 2-15 after taking the lead after Day 2 with 34 pounds, 10 ounces.

"I was on a school of fish like the 8-pounder I caught [Thursday]," Biffle said, "and I stayed there all day [Friday]. I probably should have gone somewhere else."

Biffle fell to sixth place with a total of 37 pounds, 9 ounces.

Gary Klein of Weatherford, Texas, has spent three days on the same spot, but yesterday his perseverance began to pay off.

"I found this spot five years ago while practicing for the first Potomac tournament," said Klein, whose 17-14 was the biggest stringer of the day. "But that year I never got back to it because of the interruption of Hurricane Hugo.

"I was catching 15-pound stringers then, and maybe it will hold for me again this time."

Klein is in third place with 40 pounds, 2 ounces.

Joseph Welk of Laurel leads the amateur side with 26 pounds, 9 ounces.

The tournament will conclude today, with weigh-in starting at 3 p.m.

Top 10 pros

1. Stacey King, Missouri, 42 pounds, 13 ounces; 2. Denny Brauer, Missouri, 41-2; 3. Gary Klein, Texas, 40-2; 4. Jerry Williams, Arkansas, 39-10; 5. David Fritts, North Carolina, 39-8; 6. Tom Biffle, Oklahoma, 37-9; 7. Guido Hibdon, Missouri, 35-11; 8. Jay Yelas, Texas, 35-8; 9. John Murray, Arizona, 35-5; 10. Claude Fishburne, Georgia, 34-3.

Top 10 amateurs

1. Joseph Welk, Laurel, 26-9; 2. William Kramer, Gaithersburg, 26-6; 3. Greg Scott, Michigan, 23-11; 4. Tim Goff, Virginia, 22-15; 5. James Tompkins, Virginia, 22-13; 6. (tie) Michael Davis, Mechanicsville, 21-12; and Dale R. Jackson, Ohio, 21-12; 8. Jay Haggard, North Carolina, 20-15; 9. Charlie Frank, Michigan, 20-6; 10. Clyde McFalls, Virginia, 20-0.

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