FLW Outdoors anglers set out onto the Potomac River at Smallwood State Park in Maryland to begin competition.
LA PLATA, Md. – The $6.5 million Stren Series is headed to the Potomac River July 18-21 for a $275,225 bass tournament. As many as 400 pros and co-anglers from 24 states will be competing in the first Northern Division tournament of the season for top awards of $65,000 and $35,000, respectively.
“This is going to be a great event,” said Keebler pro Dave Lefebre of Union City, Pa., who is approaching the $800,000 mark for career earnings with FLW Outdoors. “We should see a lot of fish being weighed in during this event. I would say 18 to 20 pounds a day will be a quality bag.”
Lefebre said that grass will play a big part in this tournament. “The anglers will use a variety of techniques during the week,” he said. “The Potomac River is loaded with fish and this is a great time of year.”
Last week at the FLW Tour event on the Potomac River Snickers pro Chris Bumgardner from Gastonia, N.C., won the event using the original Rad Lures ChatterBait, a lure that is taking professional fishing by storm. “Its a bait Ive been using the past couple years,” Bumgardner said. “On these kinds of lakes and rivers where theres grass, it works real good. Its kind of like a spinnerbait that you can skip under docks.”
Anglers will take off from Smallwood State Park located at 2750 Sweden Point Road in Marbury, Md., at 6:30 each morning. Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays weigh-ins will also be held at the marina beginning at 3 p.m. Saturdays weigh-in will be held at the Wal-Mart store located at 40 Drury Drive in La Plata, Md., beginning at 4 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
The Potomac River Stren Series tournament is hosted by Charles County Economic Development and Tourism.
Pros will fish for a top award of $25,000 plus a $40,000 519VX Ranger powered by an Evinrude or Yamaha outboard and equipped with a Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance electronics if contingency guidelines are met. Ranger will award another $3,000 to the winner if he or she is a participant in the Ranger Cup program. If the winner is not a Ranger Cup participant, Ranger will award $1,500 to the highest-finishing participant in the contingency program. Yamaha will match 50 percent of Ranger Cup earnings if “Powered by Yamaha” guidelines are met.
Co-anglers will cast for a top award of $5,000 plus a $30,000 Ranger boat and trailer if contingency guidelines are met.
Competitors will also be vying for valuable points that could earn them a trip to the $1 million Stren Series Championship on the Mobile Delta in Mobile, Ala., Nov. 8-11 for a shot at $140,000 in the Pro Division and $70,000 in the Co-angler Division. After four qualifying events are complete in each Stren Series division – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western – the top 40 pros and 40 co-anglers based on Angler of the Year points standings from each division will advance to the championship. The top 10 pros and 10 co-anglers from each division will also qualify for the 2008 Wal-Mart FLW Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Series, bass fishings top professional circuits, where they can compete for a share of $17.5 million. The highest-finishing pro and co-angler from each division at the Stren Series Championship will also qualify for the $2 million 2008 Forrest Wood Cup, where pros will fish for as much as $1 million – the most lucrative award in bass fishing.
In Stren Series competition, pros supply the boats, fish from the front deck against other pros and control boat movement. Co-anglers fish from the back deck and compete against other co-anglers. Every angler who receives weight credit in a tournament earns points that determine angler standings. Two hundred points are awarded to the winner, 199 points for second, 198 points for third, and so on. The full field competes on days one, two and three, with the top 10 pros and 10 co-anglers advancing to day four based on their three-day accumulated weight. Winners are determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from all four days.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Ranger Owners Tournament Championship Series, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses of nearly $43 million through 241 events in 2007.
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Awards are based on a 200-boat field.