Michael Nutter wins Area 8 Championship on the Potomac
Michael Nutter of LaPlata, Maryland won the Ram Truck Open Series Area 8 championship held Sept. 9th 10th, 2017 on the Potomac River. Running out of Smallwood State Park, on Day 1 Michael weighed in the largest five fish limit of the tournament at 19.73 pounds. This also included a bass that weighed 5.67 pounds. On day 2 Michael weighed in another five-bass limit weighing 10.91 pounds for a two day total of 30.64 pounds securing his victory. Michael took home a check for $10,000.00 for his win.
“I fished a 300 yard stretch in Belmont Bay both days,” said Nutter. “I caught most of my fish on either a green pumpkin or white chatter bait, I also caught some on a buzz bait and a key fish on a popper.”
In second for the boaters, Brian Calloway of Danville, Virginia weighed in a five-bass limit day 1 with a weight of 14.54 pounds and a five bass limit day 2 that weighed 11.61 pounds giving him a two day total weight of 26.15 pounds. Calloway took home a check for $1050.00 for the effort.
“My best fish came each day on a buzz bait” said Calloway. “I would catch two or three a day on that and the rest of my fish came on a 3/8 ounce jig flipping boat docks.”
Taking third place for the boaters was Barton Wines of Marshall, Virginia. Barton weighed in a five-bass limit day 1 weighing 13.15 pounds and a five bass limit day 2 with a weight of 12.39 pounds giving him a two day total weight of 25.54 pounds. Wines took home $800.00 for his catch.
“I caught all of my fish on a top water popper” said Wines. “The bite was early morning for less than two hours and then it was over.”
Finishing fourth, Mike Moran of Ruffs Dale, Pa. weighed in a five bass limit both days with a total weight of 25.20 pounds. Rounding out the top five was Craig Carnes of Noblesville, IN. who weighed in two five bass limits with a total weight of 23.25 pounds.
Danny Moffat Sr. of Waldorf MD. took home the big bass honors with a fish that weighed 6.02 pounds. Danny collected $620.00 and for having the biggest bass of the tournament, he also took home an ABU Garcia reel valued at $160.00.
In the Co-Angler Division, Travis Garrett of Charlottesville, Virginia took top honors by catching two co angler limits weighing a total of 15.15 pounds. Travis took home $5000.00 for the win.
“I caught 3 fish on day one with a senko and three fish on day two. I caught two on a worm and one on a frog. It was a slow bite and I was done around 10:00.” Said Garrett.
Randy Ruffin of Norfolk, Virginia with the help of a big day two weight of 11.41 pounds and a bass that weighed 4.57 pounds went all the way to second place with a two day weight of 13.36 pounds. Randy took home $350.00 for the effort.
Taking third for the co anglers Randy Walsh of Stafford, Virginia weighed in two co angler limits for a total weight of 13.28 pounds. Randy took home 250.00 for his catch.
Finishing fourth with a two day total weight of 13.18 pounds was Andy Strickler of York, PA and rounding out the top five was Anthony Kashiwsky of Catonsville, MD with a two day total weight of 12.93 pounds.
The co angler big bass honors went to Andrew Myers of Arbutus, MD with a bass that weighed 5.28 pounds. Andrew took home a total of $400.00.
The next tournament will be the Ray Scott championship. The best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship, slated for the Red River in Shreveport-Bossier Louisiana in April 2018.
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