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2014 Tournament Season Kicks Off

Roger Trageser Apr 15th, 2014 Permanent Link

The Maryland Bass Nation (MBN) held its’ first tournament of the 2014 season with a SQT Trail event out of Smallwood State Park on the Potomac River. This was the first of three Trail events with the second to be held July 12 out of Dundee Creek on the Upper Bay and the final on September 20 at Deep Creek State Park.

From left to right, 1st place: Brian Trieschman, 2nd place: Andrew Sams, 3rd place: Dave Price, 4th place: Brett Quader, 5th place: Ed Riley

The top six finishers will lock up spots on the 2015 State Team and will eventually fish a BASS Divisional tournament in the summer of 2015.

The remaining team spots will be provided through the MBN Mr. Bass event held in May and a new weekend SQT event in late September.

Blessed with good weather and a rather quite weekend crowd for Smallwood in the spring our tournament progressed smoothly.

Still trying to shake off the harsh winter effects weights were down somewhat. . This was not exactly your typical winter so conditions are probably behind by few weeks. But a few contenders still grinded it out and found fish.

As weigh in progressed and five, six and seven pound bags were looking to be the normal we were still eyeballing that bump tub for a juicy lunker fish.

Greg Ledwell stepped up midway through and dropped a 6.70 lb fish in the tank. Here we go. Our bench mark lunker. Come and get her guys.

If that fish had stood, well no harm no foul, my friend that’s a nice fish. But here comes Brian Trieschman. I mean like next batter up and bang there I am gazing upon this fat 8.58 lb beauty.

Rounded out with three more keepers Brian took first place with a 17.79 bag.

Our remaining top five competitors that walked away with trophies and checks were Andrew Sams with 14.30 lb, Dave Price with 13.12 lb, Brett Quader with 12.37 lb, and Ed Riley with 11.34 lb.

Many thanks to our new Tournament Director Don Bronson and to our volunteers Jim Horn, Randy Bottomly, Tom Waters and Brian Barth.

Also a “thank you” shout out to Lisa Duarte who showed up with hubby John to take in Michaels’ inaugural adult MBN tournament and gladly sat in to do are hard copy weigh in stats.

2014 Tournament Page Updated

Stephen Carman Feb 28th, 2014 Permanent Link

The tournament page is now updated with the 2014 Maryland Bass Nation tournament schedule.

In the Tournament Resource section you can find SQT Letters, Individual and Chapter applications, as well as the Boater and Rider applications for the Mr. Bass tournament.

We have also established links where tournament results will be posted.

The Standing Rules (tournament rules) and other links are available here too.

Top Three At SQT

Roger Trageser Apr 22nd, 2012 Permanent Link

Weather your practice day becomes a repair day, engine issues shrink your map or you’re a competitor riding shotgun accomplished anglers find ways to produce.


Top place finisher Tom Bavaro III fishing for Team Outcast had his Friday practice day turn into a get it fixed day when his trim went on the fritz and repairs became a priority. 


Be that as it may and after scoping out a lot of crowded Maryland main river shoreline he made a run across and toward Aquia Creek.  Tom worked a stretch of rocky main river shoreline throwing square bill crankbaits and a football jig.  “I’d make one pass on that stretch with the crankbait and then work it back again with the jig.  If any of those fish weren’t interested in a fast presentation than I was hoping to pick them up by slowing it down” Tom said.  It worked out well and by 9:00 Tom had a limit.  Was tide much of a factor? “Not so much this time of year” Tom noted.  “In fact I caught my big fish at 8:30 and any moving water was pretty much gone by then”.


Tom hung out on his first spot till noon and then headed back to Mattawoman Creek.  The afternoon bite was slower but he still managed to cull two fish out to his winning weight of nineteen pounds. 


His six pound seven ounce lunker was the big fish of the day but an oversight to get into the lunker pool cost Tom the prize.  John Hansen would weigh in a six pound one ounce fish and with his ten dollar investment take home a hunk of cash.


Tying for first place points was Johnny Duarte another Team Outcast representative and one of the up and coming young guns in the Federation.  A former JWC champion Johnny’s taking his extraordinary fishing abilities right to the veterans of this field.


Working the grass in Mattawoman Creek Duarte scored with a black and blue 3/8oz chatterbait, a 3/8oz green pumpkin grass jig and a green pumpkin baby brush hog rigged with a 2/0 hook and a 3/16oz tungsten weight.  Two keepers were caught during the last part of the outgoing tide.  Three more solid keepers were picked up with a chatterbait at the halfway point of the incoming tide including his big fish of five pounds and eleven ounces.  Later, as the tide began to swing back out Johnny picked up a couple more fish with one in that group that culled him up to his nineteen pound bag. 


As a non-boater Johnny had nothing but great thing to say about his boater partner Allen Moore.


Classic Bass’s Jim Iden had to make some major adjustments to his “where to fish” decisions because some nagging engine issues deemed he stay close to home.  So with a quick turn out of Mattawoman and setting it down on hard shoreline Jim began pounding away with crankbaits.  “I worked a combination of small and large rock areas and points” Jim commented.  “I didn’t catch a lot of fish, nine all toll I think, of which seven were keeper fish.  My better fish came off the larger rocks including my five pound five ounce lunker which I caught during the first part of the incoming tide”.


At the scales Jim would capture third place with a bag weighing seventeen pounds and ten ounces.

Potomac SQT Lunker: 6lbs 1oz

Mike Day Apr 18th, 2012 Permanent Link
John Hansen III and his 6 lb. and 1 oz. "pay day" lunker.

SQT 1 Potomac Tournament Results

Mike Day Apr 16th, 2012 Permanent Link
The results have been posted. Thanks to the tournament staff and volunteers for their work in this tournament. Also thanks to Dig In, the sponsor of this tournament, for the shirts and other prizes.

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