"This is incredible," Mansue said. "I've been fishing competitively for 10 years and it feels great to be able to say I'm a champion now."
Prouty found an old shipwreck off a deep point in about 16 feet of water. A part of one bulkhead was at about 8 feet, less than that when the tide was out.
To a man the anglers said they were clueless as they made final modifications to their tackle. Despite that, however, three anglers were able to rise to the top of the field.
Mansue was working a slow-moving, bottom bait — but would not say what — along hard bottom near Havre de Grace, Md. Mansue says the winds helped to slow the current through his area, making his technique more effective.
"I was fishing in and around some grass," Scalish said. "I had to downplay what I was catching because there were a few other guys nearby who'd swoop in given a chance."