William Kemp of Scotland Neck, N.C., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 14 ounces Saturday to win the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on the Potomac River with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 45 pounds, 9 ounces. For his victory, Kemp earned $38,936.
Kemp, who weighed a tournament-best 19-2 on Thursday, moved up from fifth place on the final day to earn his second win in FLW competition.
â€œI caught most of my fish in the morning on a topwater bait,â€ said Kemp. â€œI was throwing a fry-colored Lobina Lures Rico. I threw it around matted grass at low tide. I fished all the way around the mat and caught one flipping and one on a ChatterBait, then I picked that topwater up and probably caught thirty fish on it.
â€œI flipped grass in the middle of the day and culled for ounces,â€ Kemp added. â€œThen, at the very end of the day, I hit one spot with some wood and I caught a 5-pounder and a 3-pounder on a black and blue-colored Strike King Bitsy Flip Jig with a NetBait Paca Craw trailer.
â€œWhen I had my big bag on the first day I had to go to lighter line and smaller baits,â€ Kemp explained. â€œI had to finesse them a little this week.
â€œAfter I caught my two big fish at the end of the day today, I thought I had a shot to win,â€ finished Kemp. â€œI wasn’t sure, but I knew I had a chance. It’s unbelievable to win. I have to thank my wife. I was considering not fishing this event, but she pushed me and it just worked out.â€
The top 10 pros on the Potomac River were:
1st: William Kemp, Scotland Neck, N.C., 15 bass, 45-9, $38,936
2nd: Gregory Wilder, Brooklyn Park, Md., 15 bass, 44-5, $15,088
3rd: Chris Baumgardner, Gastonia, N.C., 15 bass, 44-4, $11,681
4th: Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., 15 bass, 43-15, $9,734
5th: Michael Hall, Annandale, Va., 15 bass, 42-6, $8,761
6th: Chris Novack, Mansfield Center, Con., 15 bass, 42-3, $7,787
7th: Otis Darnell, Linden, Va., 15 bass, 41-10, $6,814
8th: Robert Grike, Dumfries, Va., 15 bass, 41-9, $5,840
9th: Mike Hicks, Goochland, Va., 15 bass, 40-3, $4,867
10th: Walter Snider, Mount Airy, Md., 15 bass, 36-10, $3,894
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Kemp also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday â€“ a 6-pound, 10-ounce bass â€“ that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $286.
Kermit Crowder of Matoaca, Va., won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor, as well as $5,000 for being Ranger Cup qualified, with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 39 pounds, 8 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers on the Potomac River were:
1st: Kermit Crowder, Matoaca, Va., 15 bass, 39-8, Ranger Z117C with a 90-horsepower outboard + Ranger Cup $5,000
2nd: Destin Demarion, Grove City, Pa., 15 bass, 36-0, $4,875
3rd: Marvin Reese, Gwynn Oak, Md., 15 bass, 34-14, $3,900
4th: Gabriel Scott, Ruckersville, Va., 15 bass, 34-6, $3,412
5th: Cort Gardner, Jessup, Md., 15 bass, 34-5, $2,925
6th: Ben Wright, Peru, N.Y., 15 bass, 33-8, $2,437
7th: Jeremy Ives, Burgaw, N.C., 15 bass, 31-4, $1,950
8th: Leroy Harriott, Woodbridge, Va., 14 bass, 31-1, $1,706
9th: Johnny Clark, Fredericksburg, Va., 13 bass, 29-8, $1,462
10th: David Sasser, Sneads Ferry, N.C., 11 bass, 25-9, $1,219
Ives caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Thursday â€“ a 7-pound, 7-ounce bass â€“ that earned him the day’s Big Bass award of $190.