Boater Ronald Caldeira, of Middletown, caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 6 ounces, on April 21 to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Northeast Division opener on the Potomac River presented by Navionics.
For his efforts, Caldeira took home $6,796.
“I caught them all on main-river points in the mouths of Mattawoman and Quantico creeks,” said Caldeira, who notched his first win in FLW competition. “I had five points that I cycled through, and each had pebble rock and sand. I think the big females were transitioning to the points right outside those main creeks, getting ready to spawn. I only had seven bites, but they were the right ones. Some of the fish were tanks — they’d been eating for a while.”
Caldeira said he used a Rapala DT-6 crankbait for bass in 3 to 5 feet of water and a Chartreuse and Black Back-colored Strike King KVD 1.5 HC Shallow Squarebill for bass in 1 to 3 feet.
“I’d start far off the point with the Rapala and then switch to the Strike King as I got shallow so I wouldn’t get hung up as much,” said Caldeira. “As soon the lure would bounce off the rock and free itself, that’s when they loaded up on it."