Wisconsin’s Monsoor takes lead after Day Two of FLW Tour on Potomac River
Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published June 17, 2017
Yamamoto Baits pro Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisconsin, brought a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces, to the scale Friday to grab the lead at the FLW Tour on the Potomac River presented by Costa Sunglasses. Monsoor's two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 36-4 gives him a 1-pound, 2-ounce advantage heading into Day Three of the four-day event that features the best bass anglers from across the globe competing for a top cash award of up to $125,000.
"I have two areas - one is about five miles north from where we takeoff, and the other is five miles south," said Monsoor, a 14-year Tour veteran with 38 career top-10 finishes in FLW competition. "Both areas were packed with boats. Yesterday wasn't as bad, but today there were boats everywhere."
Tpm Monsoor (FLW Fishing)
Monsoor said that even with the heavy boat traffic he was still able to dial in on productive stretches of water.
"The stretches I'm hitting aren't very big," said Monsoor. "One is between 150 and 200 feet, and the other is about 100 yards, and they both have nice, clean weeds."
The Wisconsin pro said he utilized a swimjig throughout his day, and was able to put 10 keepers in the boat.
"I had a limit by 8 (a.m.) and I culled four of them," said Monsoor. "After noon I left the two areas alone. I figured I had a decent bag and wanted to let them rest. Hopefully I can get the spots to myself tomorrow."
The top 20 pros that made the Buck Knives Cut and will fish Saturday on the Potomac River are:
1st: Yamamoto Baits pro Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 36-4
2nd: Robert Behrle, Hoover, Ala., 10 bass, 35-2
3rd: Chris Johnston, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, 10 bass, 34-2
4th: Polaris pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 10 bass, 33-9
5th: Andy Young, Mound, Minn., 10 bass, 33-8
6th: Andrew Upshaw, Tulsa, Okla., 10 bass, 33-8
7th: Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 10 bass, 33-3