Bass trail starts in Maryland Potomac, tributaries set for Top 150 tournament

August 16, 1998|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The Bass Tournament Trail comes to Maryland on Aug. 26-29 for the Maryland Top 150 at Smallwood State Park in Charles County. The stop is the opener of the 1998-1999 season.

This year, the Bassmaster Top 150 tournaments have returned to a four-day format, with competition Wednesday through Saturday.

Organizers expect a tight tournament, with a winning weight in excess of 60 pounds.

Last year, with a three-day competition, Michigan angler Kevin Van Dam caught 15 bass for a total weight of 51 pounds, 5 ounces.

Virtually all of the top names on the tour are included on the preliminary entry list for the Maryland Top 150, including Bass Masters Classic winner Denny Brauer of Camdenton, Mo.

For the first three days, the top 150 pros will fish the Potomac River and its tributaries with 150 amateurs.

On the final day, the pros will fish their best spots while accompanied by observers.

The top prize for pros will be $100,000, while the first-place amateur finisher will win a $25,000 bass boat.

Weigh-ins will be held each afternoon at the park near Marbury. ** The weigh-ins are free and the public is welcome.

Pub Date: 8/16/98

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