Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 06/17/2017

Story and photo courtesy of FLW Communications

MARBURY, Md. – 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.”

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
8th: John Voyles, Petersburg, Ind., 10 bass, 33-1
9th: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 32-14
10th: Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C., 10 bass, 32-12
11th: Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, 10 bass, 32-11
12th: Livingston Lures pro Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 32-7
13th: Chad Warren, Sand Springs, Okla., 10 bass, 32-5
14th: Jason Meninger, Gainesville, Ga., 10 bass, 32-2
15th: Brandon McMillan, Clewiston, Fla., 10 bass, 32-0
16th: Mike Surman, Boca Raton, Fla., 10 bass, 32-0
17th: Shane LeHew, Catawba, N.C., 10 bass, 32-0
18th: Keith Bryan, Novato, Calif., 10 bass, 31-14
19th: Carl Jocumsen, Frisco, Texas, 10 bass, 31-11
20th: Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 10 bass, 31-11

For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.

Michael Wooley of Collierville, Tennessee, earned the $500 Big Bass award in the Pro Division Friday after catching a largemouth weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces.

Overall there were 777 bass weighing 2,083 pounds, 3 ounces caught by 157 pros Friday. The catch included 151 five-bass limits.

Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, clinched the 2017 FLW Tour Angler of the Year title after accumulating 1,122 points in the annual Angler of the Year race. Thrift’s incredible regular-season was highlighted by four top-10 finishes including two back-to-back second-place efforts. Along with the title, Thrift earned $100,000 and an automatic berth into the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup.

Bradley Dortch of Atmore, Alabama, claimed the FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award, which is awarded to the rookie pro angler who finishes the season with the highest point total.