First FLW BFL Bass Fishing Tournament of the year on the Potomac River
In this video I am heading down to the Potomac River for a FLW BFL Bass Fishing League Bass Tournament. I got a few days of practice in and tried to find a good pattern to use during the tournament. The FLW BFL is a one day tournament and it is a Boater/Non-Boater Format. The BFL is a great tournament to fish as a non-noater if you are new to bass fishing or just want to learn some new tricks. It is also a great way for a boater to try there luck and compete against some of the best anglers on that body of water. I look forward to the FLW BFL every year and am looking forward to the next one on the Chesapeake Bay coming up.
This was my first bass fishing tournament on the Potomac this year. I have not had a whole lot of experience fishing the Potomac let along in the spring time but I find it sets somewhat up to the way I like to fish. The biggest problem with the Potomac in the spring time is it fishes small, meaning most of the fish are in a few key areas. These means that a lot of anglers are going to be fishing in the same general area and can often times put a lot of fishing pressure on the fish.
I started up near Washington DC and checked out a few areas and was able to catch some decent fish. I imaged throughout the rest of the practice that I would find something a bit better though. I fished some key grass flats and found it hard to get a good bite with all the fishing pressure. The bass where also set up to spawn with water temperatures around 65 degrees it was in full swing. Some parts of the Potomac River are clear and I was able to find bass in the 4 and 5 pound range setting up on beds but they would not bite. This proved to be frustrating because I have never had a situation when 20+ bass beds with fish locked on would not even bite….I could not get them upset with my baits or even care, yet they did not spook off. It was hard to write that off as far as a technique I could use during the tournament but after several hours of attempting to find a way to get them to bite I had to call it quits.
I found a few more ares on the Potomac that held fish but it was one bass every once in awhile. No consistent bite for me. The day before the event I found a small grass bed late in the day and had a few good bites. I decided to start there for the BFL in the morning. I ended up staying in that one area for the tournament and grinded out a decent limit of bass. With rain and air temperatures dropping 20 degrees the bite was certainly off and I had to make some adjustments throughout the day. I wish I had a few more hours of practice to expand in on that area because I know a winning bag lived there. I caught the majority of my bass on a carolina rig and a chatterbait.
I ended up taking 8th place out of 150+ boat field and had a good start to the first BFL. I would love to win one, I have come close a time or two but a win has eluded me. My non boater that I drew also had a 5 bass limit and if he did not loose 2 key fish he may have won the event. All in all the Potomac River is becoming one of my favorite tidal bodies of water!
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Travis Manson was born and raised where the giant Smallmouth Bass of the north live…WISCONSIN. He started fishing from the bank as at a young age and spent most of his childhood with a rod in his hand. Travis is primarily a self-taught angler that is always learning and experiencing this amazing sport of fishing. He started out fishing for walleyes and fishing in local walleye tournaments, but then in his mid 20’s, he caught the BASS BUG and has been hooked every since. He competed at the highest level in bass fishing on the Bassmaster Elite series for a number of years, until he ran out of $$ money $$. This led to a move across the country to the Northeast where he got things right again and is back on track, but now on his own terms. Perhaps he will make another run at the Elite Series if the opportunity allows. In the meantime, he is a fishing guide offering trips on the Chesapeake Bay for largemouth bass(year round), guided trips for smallmouth back in Wisconsin (during select times) and trophy smallmouth bass guided trips in Upstate New York (May-November) His Youtube Channel is named after his passion for the smallmouth bass and will be used as a platform for “how-to” videos, on the water instruction, crazy on and off the water topics and vlogs on the day in the life of a fishing addict! Hope you enjoy!