2020

Tournament Schedule

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TX#1 - April 4

Lake Anna, VA

Lake Anna is a familiar season opener for good reason...Producing 6 to 7+ pound lunkers like clockwork.  2019 was no different with a 7-12 weighed in, the 2nd fish over 7 pounds in as many seasons.  

 

Bryan Mitchell shows off the new FOBA record, 7lbs 12oz, from 2019

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TX#2 - April 17 & 18

Lake Gaston, VA/NC

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

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TX#3 - May 2

Potomac River, MD/VA

This springtime showdown on the Potomac might be the heavyweight tournament of the season.  

Smallmouth or Largemouth? At Conowingo you can win with either species, or both!

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TX#4 - May 15 & 16

Deep Creek Lake, MD

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.  

Zach Showman shows off a nice SML Largemouth

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TX#5 - June 6

Conowingo Res, MD/PA

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.  
 

3-Time Memorial Tournament Champion, Eddie Yee

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TX#6 - June 20

Potomac River, MD/VA

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

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TX#7 - July 11

Chickahominy River, VA

FOBA returns to the Chickahominy for the first time in several years.  The 'Chick' river is known for huge bass and scenic backdrops that make you feel much further south.  

Mark Lim with a healthy Upper Bay Largemouth

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TX#8 - July 25

Potomac River, MD/VA

FOBA's second Potomac River tournament will launch from Leesylvania State Park.  Hot weather and heavy cover fishing are almost guaranteed so don't forget the frog rod or your sun gear!

Tim Miles with a quality Potomac bass

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TX#9 - September 7

Piney Run Lake, MD

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

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TX#10 - September 21

Potomac River, MD/VA

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

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TX#11 - October 4 & 5

Deep Creek Lake, MD

Deep Creek Lake in October will provide anglers with beautiful mountain scenery and a choice to make...Largemouth or Smallmouth?  Smallmouth are more plentiful, but Largemouth are better quality.  

 

Deep Creek Lake has a reputation of quantity over quality, but Logan Summers proves that there are always big fish to be found.

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TX#12 - October 19

Lake Anna, VA

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.

 

 

Lowell Clemens displays another Lake Anna Lunker

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Classic Championship

November 8 & 9

Smith Mountain Lake, VA

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. 

Beautiful Smith Mountain Lake shoreline