2018 SEASON IN REVIEW

   The 2018 Fish On Bass Anglers schedule comprised of 13 tournaments: nine 1 day tournaments and four 2 day tournaments (including the classic) for a total of 17 tournament days.  FOBA anglers brought 1,204 fish to the scales for a total weight of 2,426 lbs. Even with similar participation numbers, the 2018 season saw a decrease in total weight by approximately 500 lbs. from the 2017 season total.  The average fish size was 2.01 lbs. and the average tournament had 24.77 fishermen. The catch per angler per tournament day (for both divisions) was 3.3 fish for 5.59 lbs. Weather was a major contributor to the more difficult season as 2018 was marked by cooler temperatures, heavy rainfall, and excessive flooding in the Mid-Atlantic region.  FOBA actually had to relocate a tournament for only the second time in its history when flooding, debris, and unsafe conditions forced the September 22 event to be moved from Conowingo Reservoir to Piney Run Lake. Other tournaments in the region were cancelled, relocated, or rescheduled as well, including a July Bassmaster Elite Series event that was cancelled due to unsafe flooding on the Upper Chesapeake Bay.  

 

   Fish care is always a top priority for FOBA and of the 1,204 fish weighed, 1,195 were released alive.  This is a 99.3% live release rate for 2018, improving on an already impressive 2017 live release rate of 98.9%.  FOBA used the Catch-Weigh-Release (CWR) system for select tournaments in 2018 and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  In a CWR tournament each fish is weighed, verified, recorded, and then immediately released. FOBA implements the CWR system during the summer months when livewell stress is a concern and for locations or times when size limits or closed seasons make traditional tournaments difficult or impossible.  

 

   Mark Lim won the 2018 Angler of the Year in the boater division, his first as a boater and second overall.  Lim becomes just the second person to win an AOY title in both divisions since its inception in 2007 with Kevin Majane being the first.  Lim set a FOBA record in 2018 for weighing in the most total fish (71) in a single season. Zack Showman won for the co-angler division. This is Showman’s second AOY title, and fourth championship overall, going back to the non-boater division when he won in 2005 and 2007.  Showman also set FOBA records this year in the co-angler division by weighing in the most total fish (59) and having the best average number of fish per day (4.2).

 

   Statistically, the best tournament of the year was the June 2nd event on the Potomac River.  The tournament winner, Tim Roberts, turned in the heaviest five bass limit of the year at 16 lbs., 15 oz.  It also resulted in the heaviest average weight per angler at 8.22 lbs. A look at the final results shows a very competitive event with only ounces separating many positions, even at the top of the standings.  

 

   The toughest tournament of the year was the October 19-20 event on Deep Creek Lake.  While Deep Creek Lake is known for smaller fish in the fall, it usually makes up for that with high numbers of overall fish caught, but in 2018 that was not the case.  It’s daily averages of only 2.4 fish for 2.4 lbs were the lowest of any event by far and was the only event to average under 3.0 fish per angler per day. There were only three anglers in the entire field to record a limit on both tournament days.  

 

   Overall, the 2018 season was difficult and in particular the second half of the season.  Statistically, it was the lowest overall rated season since FOBA has been compiling tournament data.  The average weight per angler and average winning weight were down significantly compared to previous years.  FOBA is hopeful that 2018 was an anomaly due to abnormal overall weather patterns as highlighted previously and we look forward to getting back on track in 2019.  

 

Lunker Winners

  • Boater: Kevin Majane, 6-13

  • Co-Angler: Lowell Clemens, 7-0

 

Written by Logan Summers

TOURNAMENT WINNERS

Boater Division

Tournament
Winner
Caught
Alive
Total Lbs
Total Oz
Lunker Lbs
Lunker Oz
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Jeff Wible
5
5
10
0
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Dave Miller
5
5
7
14
2
14
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Sam McDowell
4
4
7
13
4
9
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Greg Greene
5
5
7
13
3
3
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Ed Snider
5
5
7
3
2
4
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Gary D'angelo
4
4
6
12
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Steve Soherr
4
4
6
3
2
9
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Gary Rank
3
3
6
0
2
9
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Kevin Majane
5
5
5
12
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Charlie Prue
5
5
5
6
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Bob Hoff
4
4
5
5
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Todd Kimmell
3
3
5
4
3
1
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Logan Summers
5
5
4
6
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Zack Showman
2
2
3
8
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Scott Gavel
2
2
3
1
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Eric Remian
1
1
2
12
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Tim Miles
1
1
2
6
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Greg Snider
2
2
2
3
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Marc Borger
2
2
2
0
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
John Liljestrand
2
2
1
11
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Dave Siecker
0
0
0
0
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Rum Kelly
4
4
8
9
3
11
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Bob Fisher
4
4
8
2
3
12
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Don Snider
2
2
5
12
3
2
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Mitchell Greene
4
4
4
14
2
9
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
David Maldonado
4
4
3
9
1
7
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Richard Greene
1
1
3
0
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Chris Doerr
1
1
2
3
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Nick Nicol
1
1
1
7
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Eddie Yee
1
1
1
6
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Chris Snider
0
0
0
0
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
Eugene Salley
0
0
0
0
0
0
Lake Anna - 04/03/10
George Winhauer
0
0
0
0
0
0
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Sam McDowell
5
5
17
12
4
7
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Dave Siecker
5
5
15
10
4
10
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Kevin Majane
5
5
13
3
4
7
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Todd Kimmell
5
5
12
12
3
1
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Greg Greene
5
5
12
10
2
14
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Dave Miller
5
5
12
10
2
10
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Tim Miles
5
5
11
11
2
12
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Gary Rank
5
5
11
1
3
7
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Marc Borger
5
5
10
15
2
12
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Logan Summers
5
5
9
15
2
5
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
John Liljestrand
5
5
8
4
2
0
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Greg Snider
3
3
7
2
3
15
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Charlie Prue
3
3
5
8
2
1
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Steve Soherr
1
1
2
3
2
3
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Fred Matos
4
4
13
1
4
4
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Brian Shoemaker
5
5
10
11
2
8
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Tim Roberts
5
5
9
12
2
12
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Bob Fisher
5
5
9
10
3
7
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
George Winhauer
5
5
8
12
2
0
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Eddie Yee
3
3
6
9
2
5
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Nick Nicol
3
3
5
14
2
8
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Don Snider
2
2
3
4
2
0
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Chris Snider
1
1
1
14
1
14
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Eugene Salley
1
1
1
2
1
2
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Chris Doerr
0
0
0
0
0
0
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
David Maldonado
0
0
0
0
0
0
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/01/10
Richard Greene
0
0
0
0
0
0
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Sam McDowell
5
5
21
0
5
6
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Greg Greene
5
5
19
11
4
7
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Logan Summers
5
5
19
2
5
9
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Dave Miller
5
5
17
9
4
4
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Dave Siecker
5
5
17
4
4
4
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Richard de los Santos
5
5
16
4
4
13
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Tim Miles
5
5
15
9
5
15
Black Hill - 06/05/10
John Liljestrand
5
5
15
3
3
12
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Scott Gavel
5
5
14
13
4
4
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Kevin Majane
5
5
14
11
5
0
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Steve Soherr
5
5
14
11
4
1
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Greg Snider
5
5
14
0
3
7
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Jeff Wible
5
5
13
15
4
10
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Marc Borger
5
5
12
0
3
10
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Todd Kimmell
5
5
11
15
3
10
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Gary Rank
5
5
11
10
4
4
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Charlie Prue
5
5
11
3
3
7
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Eric Remian
5
5
11
3
3
5
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Bob Hoff
3
3
5
15
2
7
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Mitchell Greene
5
5
16
10
5
15
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Eddie Yee
5
5
15
6
3
10
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Fred Hannasch
5
5
8
15
3
1
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Brian Shoemaker
5
5
8
12
3
5
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Laurie Soherr
3
3
7
13
3
10
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Richard Greene
5
5
7
6
1
14
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Bob Fisher
4
4
6
5
2
0
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Nick Nicol
3
3
6
1
2
14
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Chris Snider
3
3
5
11
3
5
Black Hill - 06/05/10
George Winhauer
3
3
4
0
1
9
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Miguel Bueso
2
2
3
6
2
1
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Don Snider
2
2
2
7
1
5
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Chris Doerr
1
1
1
9
1
9
Black Hill - 06/05/10
Fred Matos
1
1
1
5
1
5
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Logan Summers
5
4
13
2
3
8
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Greg Greene
5
5
10
15
2
9
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Greg Snider
5
5
10
10
4
2
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Sam McDowell
5
5
10
7
4
7
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Charlie Prue
5
5
9
9
2
7
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Richard de los Santos
5
5
9
1
3
6
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Tim Miles
5
5
8
12
2
4
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Eric Remian
5
5
7
15
2
11
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Bob Hoff
5
5
5
8
0
0
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Dave Miller
4
4
4
6
1
11
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Kevin Majane
2
2
4
5
2
12
Potomac River - 06/19/10
John Liljestrand
2
2
3
10
2
5
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Todd Kimmell
2
2
2
0
0
0
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Gary D'angelo
0
0
0
0
0
0
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Rum Kelly
5
5
10
7
4
3
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Tim Roberts
5
5
9
2
2
12
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Bob Fisher
5
5
6
5
1
11
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Eddie Yee
4
4
4
15
2
0
Potomac River - 06/19/10
David Maldonado
4
4
4
3
1
8
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Richard Greene
3
3
3
12
1
7
Potomac River - 06/19/10
George Winhauer
3
1
1
11
0
0
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Don Snider
1
1
1
3
1
3
Potomac River - 06/19/10
Chris Doerr
0
0
0
0
0
0
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Logan Summers
5
5
21
9
6
3
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Greg Greene
5
5
16
5
6
3
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Dave Miller
5
5
15
15
3
15
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Jeff Wible
5
5
15
8
3
5
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Todd Kimmell
5
5
15
5
5
0
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Steve Soherr
5
5
14
1
4
1
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Sam McDowell
5
5
13
1
3
5
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Kevin Majane
5
5
12
13
3
5
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Marc Borger
5
5
12
6
2
14
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Bob Hoff
5
5
10
5
3
3
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Dave Siecker
5
5
9
15
3
3
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Greg Snider
5
5
9
3
2
8
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Tim Miles
5
5
7
5
2
8
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Zack Showman
5
5
7
4
1
11
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Ed Snider
1
1
3
10
3
10
Black Hill - 07/10/10
John Liljestrand
0
0
0
0
0
0
Black Hill - 07/10/10
George Winhauer
5
5
15
3
4
4
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Eddie Yee
5
5
13
6
4
7
Black Hill - 07/10/10
David Maldonado
5
5
8
8
2
5
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Brian Shoemaker
5
5
7
2
1
9
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Chris Doerr
4
4
7
1
2
1
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Mitchell Greene
2
2
6
6
3
15
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Chris Snider
3
3
5
8
2
10
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Bob Fisher
3
3
5
1
2
1
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Laurie Soherr
2
2
5
0
3
7
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Richard Greene
2
2
4
4
2
12
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Nick Kozak
2
2
3
0
1
12
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Miguel Bueso
1
1
2
12
2
12
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Tim Roberts
1
1
2
7
2
7
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Don Snider
0
0
0
0
0
0
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Fred Matos
0
0
0
0
0
0
Black Hill - 07/10/10
Meyer Leibovich
0
0
0
0
0
0
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Sam McDowell
5
5
17
10
5
1
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Gary D'angelo
5
5
10
15
0
0
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Dave Miller
5
4
10
8
3
2
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Richard de los Santos
4
4
10
3
5
10
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Dave Siecker
5
5
8
15
2
15
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Bob Hoff
5
5
8
13
3
8
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Greg Greene
5
5
8
11
2
10
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Todd Kimmell
4
4
8
8
2
10
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Charlie Prue
5
5
8
5
2
6
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Ed Snider
5
4
8
3
3
0
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Logan Summers
4
4
8
3
2
15
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Kevin Majane
4
3
7
15
2
12
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
John Liljestrand
2
2
5
5
3
5
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Zack Showman
3
3
4
9
1
5
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Marc Borger
3
3
4
8
0
0
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Greg Snider
2
2
4
1
2
8
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Tim Roberts
5
5
7
1
2
1
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
David Maldonado
3
3
6
8
2
10
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Nick Sallack
4
4
6
8
2
2
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Brian Shoemaker
3
3
6
7
3
1
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Rum Kelly
4
4
6
1
1
12
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Nick Kozak
4
4
5
5
1
14
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Richard Greene
4
4
5
4
2
1
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
George Winhauer
2
2
4
5
2
8
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Bob Fisher
2
2
3
0
1
8
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Meyer Leibovich
2
2
2
13
0
0
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Eddie Yee
1
1
1
13
1
4
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Chris Snider
0
0
0
0
0
0
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Fred Matos
0
0
0
0
0
0
Potomac River - 08/14/2010
Barry Kozak
0
0
0
0
0
0
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Greg Greene
5
5
13
5
3
12
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Gary D'angelo
4
4
13
3
5
2
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Greg Snider
5
5
11
12
4
2
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Sam McDowell
2
2
10
3
4
15
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Tim Miles
5
5
9
15
2
13
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Steve Soherr
5
5
9
10
2
12
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Kevin Majane
5
5
8
10
2
4
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Logan Summers
5
5
8
4
2
1
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Dave Miller
5
2
8
2
2
12
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Bob Hoff
5
5
7
14
1
15
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Zack Showman
5
5
7
4
1
5
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Todd Kimmell
4
4
5
13
0
0
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Marc Borger
3
3
5
8
2
7
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Dave Siecker
1
1
2
10
2
10
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Nick Kozak
5
5
11
7
3
0
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Tim Roberts
5
5
10
6
3
10
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Bob Fisher
4
3
7
2
2
1
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Joel Bader
4
4
6
7
1
15
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Barry Kozak
3
3
3
12
1
7
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Eddie Yee
3
3
3
5
1
3
Potomac River - 09/25/10
Chris Doerr
2
2
2
13
0
0
Potomac River - 09/25/10
George Winhauer
1
1
1
11
1
11

Co-Angler Division

Tournament
Winner
Caught
Alive
Total Lbs
Total Oz
Lunker Lbs
Lunker Oz
Lake Gaston - 04/06/18-04/07/18
Zack Showman
10
10
21
6
4
13
Lake Anna - 04/21/18
Zack Showman
5
5
12
10
4
8
Conowingo Reservoir - 05/05/18
Zachary Parkent
5
5
10
4
3
1
Smith Mountain Lake - 05/18/18-05/19/18
Zack Showman
10
10
25
1
3
14
Potomac River - 06/02/18
Paul Mason
5
5
10
7
3
2
2018 FOBA Memorial - 06/16/18
Paul Stecher
5
5
9
6
4
0
Upper Chesapeake - 07/14/18
Zack Showman
3
3
10
6
5
4
Potomac River - 08/15/18
Paul Mason
3
3
7
8
4
10
Piney Run - 09/08/18
Bryan Mitchell
5
5
7
15
2
5
Piney Run - 09/22/18
Zack Showman
5
5
9
9
3
5
Lake Anna - 10/06/18
Zack Showman
5
5
8
11
Deep Creek Lake - 10/19/18-10/20/18
Adam Simpson
8
8
12
8
3
9
2018 FOBA Classic - 11/02/18-11/03/18
Mary Snider
10
10
16
3
2
13

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