McIntosh's 15 pounds of bass lead tournament

Northern Open draws 210 anglers to Potomac

August 09, 2002|By Candus Thomson

MARBURY - A total of 210 professional bass anglers kicked off the new season at 6 a.m. yesterday on the Potomac River in the BASSMASTER Northern Open.

It felt more like a morning in fall than early August, with fishermen bundled against the pre-dawn chill and full-throttle run from Charles County's Smallwood State Park to the river.

Ken McIntosh, coming off an 18-month sabbatical from the tour, is in first place, with a five-fish limit of 15 pounds. The pro from Pierceton, Ind., is working a 50-yard stretch up river, pitching a jig in 10-15 feet of water.

Wally Szuba of Cary, N.C., is in second, with a five-fish total of 14 pounds, 14 ounces. Aaron Hastings of Boonsboro is in third, with a five-fish total of 14 pounds, 11 ounces.

A win will be worth $50,000.

On the amateur side, Christopher Smith of Absecon, N.J., leads with a five-fish total of 11 pounds, 8 ounces.

The tournament will resume today, with the weigh-in at 2 p.m. The 50 anglers with the best two-day weight total will fish in tomorrow's finale.

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