BFL All-American field likely to fish in close quarters

May 4, 2013 | By More

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., May 17, 2012 by David A. Brown – Old Town Alexandria, the Lincoln Memorial, Reagan National Airport, the Pentagon – anglers fishing the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy will enjoy many memorable sights on the Potomac River, but their most commonly viewed image will likely be other tournament boats.

With a Walmart FLW Tour Major event running concurrently out of National Harbor, the All-American field is restricted to fishing north of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge (I-495), while Tour anglers fish south. There’s plenty of productive waters on the north side, but a lot of the more likely options (bridges, marinas) present concentrated scenarios, so anglers will lack not for company.

Tommy Robinson of Westland, Mich., said he’ll confront the challenge of crowded waters with finesse tactics. He’ll rely mostly on dead sticking a Texas-rigged paddle tail worm.

“These fish are pressured, so if you move the bait, they won’t hit it,” he said.

Fortunately, one of the key areas within the tournament’s open waters sits less than a mile north of the bridge. Known as Spoil Cove, this mostly shallow backwater area on the river’s east side was once the center of a sand and gravel dredging operation that provided the foundation upon which much of the area’s historic districts were built. The skeletons of long-abandoned barges hold their final resting spots along the shorelines, while rubble from the original Woodrow Wilson Bridge adds a more recent feature.

Tommy Robinson fished days 1 and 2, May 17-18, 2012, finishing in 49th place with 1 bass weighing 1 pounds 15 ounces earning $1,500 plus a $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

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