No. 10 • Capitol Clash Potomac River
August 9-12 Charles County, Md.
The Potomac is frequently called the "Nation's River," because it flows through Washington, D.C., within the shadow of the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln memorials. The river begins as a small spring at the Fairfax Stone in West Virginia and reaches the sea at Chesapeake Bay, some 380 miles away. The Potomac is the fourth largest river on the Atlantic coast and the 21st largest in the United States.
In 14 previous BASS events, Tim Horton's 77-8 stands as the best winning total in Potomac history, taking the 1999 event. More recently, Ernest Freeman won the 2003 Maryland Northern Open with 52-13.
The 1991 Bassmaster Classic was held on Chesapeake Bay, the ending point of the Potomac. Elite Series pro Ken Cook won the event with 33 pounds, 2 ounces.
BASS first visited the Potomac in 1989. That event was won by former Classic champ Guido Hibdon. Thirteen pros fishing that event were still active in the Elite Series in 2006, including former Classic champs Rick Clunn, Ken Cook, Paul Elias and Denny Brauer.
2003: MARYLAND NORTH OPEN
2002: MARYLAND NORTHERN PRO
2002: MARYLAND EASTERN OPEN
2000: MARYLAND TOP 150
In 1977, Lake Tohopekaliga hosted the seventh Bassmaster Classic. Rick Clunn won the tournament with a then-Classic record low weight of 27 pounds, 7 ounces. It was the second of Clunn's four Classic championships, making the only angler to win fishing's most prestigious event twice in a row.
In 2006, BASS came back for its second Toho Classic. Rick Clunn was there, making his 30th Classic appearance, but things had really changed, including the fishing. Although Clunn caught a largemouth weighing better than 10 pounds and was in contention early, Luke Clausen won the championship with 56 pounds, 2 ounces, a new Classic record.
Preston Clark set a new record for biggest bass in the Classic in 2006 when he caught an 11-pound, 10-ounce largemouth that eclipsed Ricky Green's 1976 lunker by more than 3 pounds. Before the 2006 Classic was over, all five of the biggest bass in Classic history came from Toho.
In addition to big individual bass, the 2006 Toho Classic also produced the five biggest 5-bass catches in the tournament's history, topped by Luke Clausen's 29-6 on Day 1.
2005: SOUTHERN OPEN
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2007 Elite Series Co-Angler Registration
Registration on the dates below will begin at 6 pm EST online and all entries will be time stamped and accepted in order received.
Sunday January 7th, 2007
Registration Open to all Federation Nation, BASS Insider and Life members
Sunday January 14th, 2007
Registration Open to all BASS members