Ind. angler takes lead on Potomac Near 17-pound day lifts McIntosh in bass tourney

August 29, 1998|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

MARBURY -- Day 3 of the B.A.S.S. Kmart Top 150 tournament produced the largest limits of the week and put Indiana angler Ken McIntosh on the threshold of winning his first pro tournament.

Entering yesterday's round, McIntosh, of Leesburg, Ind., was in third place, but the 40-year-old touring pro weighed in 16 pounds, 14 ounces to jump past some of the game's top names and into first place with 44 pounds, 6 ounces.

"This week, my goal was to make the top 10," said McIntosh, who, with the rest of the top 10 pro finishers, will compete in Round 4 on the Potomac River today. "Obviously, I have different plans now."

First place in the Top 150 is worth $74,000 cash and a new bass boat.

"What has played on my mind is this hurricane [Bonnie]," said McIntosh, who last spring sold a tackle shop to turn pro. "I come from Indiana and fish natural lakes, so this is all a little new."

McIntosh said he cut short his fishing during the first three days to ensure he and his partners could travel safely to and from his spot near the Blue Plains sewage treatment plant in Washington.

Yesterday, he said, "I quit fishing about 9: 30 or 10 a.m. because everything I had was 3-plus pounds. We came in to the docks and got some burgers."

Denny Brauer, the 1999 Bassmasters Classic champion, is in second place with 43 pounds, 2 ounces after a limit of 17 pounds, 13 ounces yesterday. Brauer's catch allowed him to jump from 11th place after Round 2.

"The key is to find where the fish live, fish through the tidal cycles, and figure it out," said Brauer, who has 43 pounds, 3 ounces. "But I never dreamt I would catch big fish on a high tide."

Brauer, fishing an undisclosed creek, had not seen another tourney angler there until yesterday.

"I'm going to go back and camp on that same area all day [today]," said Brauer, "and work through all the tides again."

Jay Yelas of Tyler, Texas, is in third place with 42 pounds, 13 ounces.

Dale R. Jackson of Dickson, Tenn., won the amateur side with 24 pounds, 10 ounces.

Donald Muir, the Baltimore traffic police officer who was in the top three on days 1 and 2, finished seventh with 19 pounds, 2 ounces.

"I had only one bite today, and I caught it, but it wasn't enough," said Muir. "Still, you can't beat the experience of fishing with these guys. This is a great opportunity for an amateur to get a look at what it's like to fish this tour."

Top 10 Pros: 1. Ken McIntosh, Leesburg, Ind., 44 pounds, 6 ounces. 2. Denny Brauer, Camdenton, Mo., 43-3. 3. Jay Yelas, Tyler, Texas, 42-13. 4. Bernie Schultz, Gainesville, Fla., 42-7. 5. Davey Hite, Prosperity, S.C., 41-1. 6. Paul L. Elias, Pachuta, Miss., 40-4. 7. Rick Morris, Virginia Beach, Va., 40-2. 8. Mark Tucker, Kirkwood, Mo., 39-11. 9. Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., 39-6. 10. Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark., 38-14.

Top 5 Amateurs: 1. Dale R. Jackson, Dickson, Tenn., 24-10. 2. Jeff Mandes, Townsend, Del., 24-5. 3. Robert W. Martin, Jr., Egg Harbor, N.J., 23-10. 4. David B. McGinnis, Lilburn, Ga., 22-4. 5. Craig Daino, Central Square, N.Y., 19-15.

Pub Date: 8/29/98

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