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Virginian wins Toyota event at the Potomac

Virginian wins Toyota event at the Potomac

Thomas Wooten of Huddleston, Virginia brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 14-06 to win the three-day Potomac River Northern Toyota Series event in Marbury, Maryland. Wootens three-day total of 15 bass weighing 45-02 earned him the win by an 8-ounce margin over 2nd-place Aaron Dixon of Bel Alton, Maryland and garnered Wooten the top payout of $33,251 in the division's third and final tournament of 2021.

After catching 18 pounds on day 2 to rally into the Top 10, Wooten put up the best bag from the final day to claim his first Toyota Series victory.

I love the Potomac, said Wooten. This win feels really good. I won a truck and a boat at a regional event here, I think in 2007, and that was one of the bigger tournaments Ive won up here. Ive finished Top-5 numerous times and Ive been close. So, it feels good.

I like the tougher tournaments on the Potomac, especially when the grass came back as good as it did this year, continued Wooten. I figured if I could get five bites a day flipping, Id have a chance. I was catching 10 to 12 pounds on a swim jig, and figured Id go punch one up. I knew if I got to the last day, there was going to be one rod on the deck and I was going to punch all day. But, they turned on with the frog yesterday, and I couldnt leave it.

Catching the biggest bag of the tournament on day 2 vaulted Wooten into contention, and he did it with a key change in tactics. On day 1, he tossed around a swim jig and a buzzbait in eelgrass and punched for a few other fish. On day 2, he started throwing a frog.

I figured it out about 11:30 [on day 2], said Wooten. They quit biting the buzzbait, quit biting the swim jig, and I started throwing the frog. Once I started, I had about 15 blowups and culled six or seven times. It wasnt as good on the final day, I think I leaned on them a little hard on day 2, but they were still there.

Here are the final totals for the Top 10:

1. Thomas Wooten: 45-02
2. Aaron Dixon: 44-10
3. Nolan Gaskin: 41-14
4. Nick Hatfield: 39-04
5. Brian Latimer: 37-10
6. Robby Lefere: 37-01
7. Frank Ippoliti: 36-03
8. Jason Williams: 34-04
9. Matt Becker: 31-08
10. Danny Shanz: 27-02

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