Lake Gaston in the springtime is a FOBA-favorite. Both quantity and quality are typically found. Many limits will be weighed in and lunker fish frequently exceed 6 pounds. Add in a booming population of feisty spotted bass and it's easy to see why this is one of the most anticipated tournaments on the schedule.
Lake Gaston is the only fishery on the schedule with spotted bass...Joe Pautler shows off a 2-for-1 spotted bass special
It's been several years since FOBA has hit DCL in the springtime and anglers should be excited to return. The cooler mountain weather will have this tournament see primarily pre-spawn and spawn conditions for both Largemouth and Smallmouth.
Conowingo is a staple on the FOBA schedule, but anglers will see it slightly later in the season this year. This river-like reservoir has very high potential and anglers will hope to cash in on it's large population of 2 to 4 pound Largemouth and Smallmouth bass.
When FOBA returns to the Potomac anglers will see a very different river. The grassbeds will be fully grown and the fish will be in a summer pattern. It should be very productive for numbers, but finding those key quality bites will be the difference maker in this one.
This lunker helped Tim Roberts claim victory on the Potomac in 2018
While small in size, Piney Run has an abundance of fish and fishing opportunities thanks to its clear water and thick vegetation. This lake is one of the few places where both ultra shallow and very deep patterns have an equal chance at victory.
Logan Summers weighs in a bass with FOBA's CWR system at Piney Run
The third Potomac River tournament will again launch from Pohick Bay Regional Park. Anglers will need to figure out the sometimes tough fall transition in order to succeed in the final Potomac River event.
Paul Mason recorded two co-angler division wins on the Potomac in 2018 thanks to catches like this
FOBA will wrap up it's AOY points race right where it started, at Lake Anna. With both the tournament title and the AOY titles on the line, this should be an exciting tournament. The fall feed should be in full swing and anglers can expect generally good fishing to close out the regular season.
The lake so nice we fish it twice! Previously held at locations such as Lake Gaston and the Potomac River, 2019 will mark the first time FOBA has held its Classic Tournament at Smith Mountain Lake. Typically a spring destination on the FOBA schedule, cold weather could present a challenging twist to the anglers.