August 24, 2019
by Jody White
The ultimate weigh-in of the Costa FLW Sequence Northern Division offered by Gajo Baits occasion on the Potomac was some of the intense of the season. Coming in with simply 4 fish for eight kilos, 5 ounces, Marvin Reese appeared prone to relinquish the lead he’d had since day one.
“I used to be completely sick once I pulled up right here,” says Reese. “I’ve been on this place as a co-angler, and I had two fish break off right now and one other two attached and I believed I blew it.”
Nonetheless, with the remainder of the highest 10 outdoors of Troy Morrow not catching them, Reese may depend on the cushion he constructed the primary two days. When he pulled the final fish from his bag, which gave him a 38-15 complete, everybody knew he’d achieved sufficient.
For successful the occasion, which was offered by Lowrance, Reese takes dwelling a examine value $38,026, and his first FLW title on the boater aspect.
“It was simply meant to be,” says Reese. “As a result of I shoulda had this factor blown out. It feels nice, I did actual effectively as a co-angler, and about three years in the past I jumped over to the boater aspect and I’ve been struggling. Fairly frankly, I haven’t had time to observe due to my job, and I’m simply lucky that that is my dwelling physique of water and for the final 4 Sundays I’ve been in a position to get out and scout.
“All the pieces labored out this week,” provides Reese, who works in actual property. “I had good fish, I knew if I caught 5 a day I may win it. If I may have gotten that fifth one right now it wouldn’t even have been shut, as a result of I had the bites. So, I rationed the fish, I didn’t beat ‘em up.”
Reese added a fish or two in grass on days one and two and caught a pair on shallower arduous cowl up close to Washington, D.C., however the huge bulk of his weight got here from one explicit construction. It was an enormous pier with deep water proper on it, and Reese milked it expertly with both a ½-ounce inexperienced pumpkin jig and matching Strike King Rage Craw or a Three/16-ounce shaky head with a inexperienced pumpkin and inexperienced flake worm.
“That one construction had two key spots on it that accounted for 12 of the 14 bass I weighed-in,” says Reese. “The 2 corners are the candy spots, and I had stuff fairly dialed in on that dock. That construction I used to be fishing is hole beneath, and as soon as that tide will get to a sure degree they sit below there they usually come out and hit it on the autumn. Not a fish we caught there all week hit it on the underside.”
Reese struggled on the ultimate morning, however lastly managed to scrap up three late within the day, along with his third fish coming within the Spoils.
“I believed if I may get another fish I’d run again up there to that dock to try to get a kicker,” says Reese. “I fished and fished and didn’t catch one, so with 15 minutes left I ran again up there anyway. With three fish within the boat and 15 or 20 minutes to fish I pulled up on it and caught one, and that ended up being the distinction.”
High 10 execs
1. Marvin Reese – Randallstown, Md. – 38-15 (14) – $38,026
2. Troy Morrow – Eastanollee, Ga. – 37-9 (15) – $14,932
Three. Justin Atkins – Florence, Ala. – 37-Three (15) – $12,948
four. Ryan Davidson – Branchland, W.Va. – 36-Three (15) – $9,457
5. Adrian Avena – Vineland, N.J. – 36-Three (15) – $9,511
6. Robert Grike – Dumfries, Va. – 36-Zero (14) – $7,565
7. Jordan Thompkins – Myrtle Seashore, S.C. – 33-10 (15) – $6,620
eight. Dylan Hays – El Dorado, Ark. – 31-12 (14) – $5,874
9. Casey Smith – Macedon, N.Y. – 30-9 (14) – $four,728
10. Wil Dieffenbauch – Morgantown, W.Va. – 30-1 (12) – $Three,783