Moreland lands Bassmasters lead


September 28, 1996|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

MARBURY -- Dan Moreland of Paducah, Ky., worked the shallows of an undisclosed creek off the Potomac River for almost 19 pounds of largemouth bass yesterday and took the lead in the Bassmasters Maryland Top 100 Pro-Am being fished out of Smallwood State Park.

The final round of the three-day competition is today.

"I've never fished the Potomac in competition before, so I am learning as I go," said Morehead, who has a total of 34 pounds, 6 ounces. "But I have yet to catch a fish less than 14 inches, and I am impressed [with the river]."

Anglers can weigh in five fish each day, with a minimum length of 14 inches.

Denny Brauer of Camdenton, Mo., who stood in fourth place entering yesterday's round, jumped into second place with 34 pounds, 1 ounce, including 16 pounds, 15 ounces yesterday.

Brauer and Morehead both said they culled many fish in favor of larger catches. Morehead said he caught at least four limits yesterday.

"I was using a spinnerbait in the shallows of this one creek when the tide was in [during the morning]," Morehead said, "and just followed the fish with the tide when it went out."

While Morehead and Brauer turned in good weights yesterday, first-day leader Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., found fishing conditions crowded and confusing. "I just didn't get any good bites today," said VanDam, who stands in third place with 33 pounds, 10 ounces.

On the amateur side of the tournament, Mark Sabbles of Sarasota, Fla., holds the lead with 26 pounds, 8 ounces. Mike Glazier of Mount Airy is in second place with 24 pounds, 3 ounces.

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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