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    Rayovac FLW Series - Northern

    Potomac River (June 19-21, 2014)

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    Crowder Clinches Potomac Win

    Top co-angler Kermit Crowder swept the event wire-to-wire. (Photo by David A. Brown)
    Local experience facilitates co-angler win in Rayovac Northern Division
    21.Jun.2014 by David A. Brown

    MARBURY, Md. – Kermit Crowder, of Matoaca, Va. completed his wire-to-wire victory with the largest sack of day three, 12-15, and tallied a total of 39-8 in the Rayovac FLW Series Northern Division event on the Potomac River.

    Consistency is the elusive objective co-anglers commonly face when fishing from the back of the boat. The final A mix of tactics delivered the win for Kermit Crowder.round occasionally reunites two anglers, but co-anglers are guaranteed a different partner the first two days of competition. That often means different locations and scenarios requiring different baits and tactical skills.

    Crowder certainly faced his share of diversity, but you wouldn’t know it from his consistent performance. Suffice it to say that his was a python’s grip on the top spot. Day one, he led by 11 ounces; day two, that lead reached 2-1. And when the dust settled on Saturday, Crowder walked away with the win by a margin of 3-8.

    Frogs and Senkos were the key baits on day three for Kermit Crowder.Crowder summarizes his winning tactics: “I caught them the first day flipping docks and that’s something I don’t do much. I got lucky and caught a 5-pounder on a dropshot and that’s definitely something I don’t do.

    “The second day, I caught all of my fish in about an hour’s time on a ChatterBait. Today, I caught fish on a frog and a Senko.

    Crowder points to his vast local knowledge as the key ingredient for his consistency.

    “I fish this river a lot and just about every spot we went to, I’ve fished before,” he says. “So basically, I knew how deep the water was, what the tide was doing and what I should be throwing.”

    Demarion delivers for second

    A strong day-three performance pushed Destin Demarion into second place.On day one, Destin Demarion found himself in a 3-way tie for 15th place with 11-9. The next day, he broke away and climbed eight spots to place seventh. He continued his path of improvement in the final round by moving up another five notches to finish second with 36-0.

    “I did a lot of different things,” says the co-angler from Grove City, Pa. “The first day, I caught them on a frog really good. The second day I caught them on a wacky-rigged worm and then today was just a little bit of everything. I caught them on a ChatterBait and a Whip ‘Em Baits spinnerbait.

    “I didn’t put a trailer on the spinnerbait, but I put on a trailer hook. That was key because I did catch a couple on that trailer hook. They were biting kind of funny this morning and I was able to catch the ones that bit.”

    Reese rises to third

    Third-place co-angler Marvin Reese caught his fish on a black/blue creature bait.Marvin Reese, of Gwynn Oak, Md., entered the final round in fifth place and, after sacking up a solid limit of 11-2, he rose to finish third with 34-14.

    Reese said he wasn’t able to get bit on his favored tactic of flipping a jig. He ended up catching his weigh-in fish on a Senko and a creature bait.

    Scott edges Garner by an ounce

    Gabriel Scott, of, Ruckersville, Va., edged fellow co-angler Cort Gardner, of Jessup, Md., by theGabriel Scott earned the fourth-place spot by a mere one ounce. slimmest of margins to take fourth place with 34-6. Cort settled for fifth with 34-5.

    On day three, Scott caught his fish on a ChatterBait and a frog. Gardner tempted his fish with a popper and a Senko.

    Best of the rest

    A popper and a Senko were the final-round baits for fifth-place co-angler Cort Gardner.Rounding out the top-10 co-angler leaders at the Rayovac FLW Series Potomac River event:

    6th: Ben Wright, of Peru, N.Y., 33-8

    7th: Jeremy D. Ives, of Burgaw, N.C., 31-4

    8th: Leroy Harriott, of Woodbridge, Va., 31-1

    9th: Johnny Clark, of Fredericksburg, Va., 29-8

    10th: David Sasser, of Sneads Ferry, N.C., 25-9