The largest professional bass fishing tournament to come to Maryland ended yesterday after four days of competition on the Potomac River. Nearly 400 anglers from across the United States -- in addition to nations such as Japan -- competed in the contest, based at Smallwood State Park's Sweden Point Marina.
The Chevy Open was the last regular-season event in the Wal-Mart Forrest L. Wood Tour and offered $1.25 million in prize money. Officials with Charles County's Office of Tourism, a sponsor, also hoped the event would bring in more than $2 million in tax revenue.
After the first two days, anglers caught 3,201 bass weighing 7,084 pounds, 1 ounce -- the tour's third all-time best in the number of bass caught and their total weight.
-- Ann E. Marimow Hoping for big bass, Shad Schenck, one of nearly 400 competitors, casts in the grass beds of the Potomac on Wednesday in the Chevy Open bass tournament.Only the five heaviest bass in an angler's catch are kept for each day's weigh-in, so Bob Bjorklund sizes up his haul Wednesday in the Chevy Open.Among the women competing in the Chevy Open was professional angler Sondra Rankin of Paducah, Ky. J.T. Kenney, left, the points leader in the Land O'Lakes Angler of the Year tour, grimaces at weigh-in Wednesday, Day One of the four-day Chevy Open. Kenney, from Frostburg, finished 70th that day in the biggest professional bass tournament to come to Maryland. At the height of competition Wednesday, anglers school in a favored spot, right. The Chevy Open offered $1.25 million in prize money.