Justin won it on a spot. Not running the tide, on a spot…like many Potomac derbies have been won. How he found that spot:
> “The first day of practice I fished a little water intake right by that dock. That intake is a community hole. I had 2 good bites off it then a surprisingly good bite on a piece of wood maybe 75 yards away.
> “I decided to fish that dock [a big one] because I was in the area. I fished it for a few minutes but never had a bite. …the rest of practice I never had more than one bite in [any other] area. So my plan was to go up there [to the intake, a 35-min one-way run], hopefully get 2-3 bites then run the river skipping docks.”
How the derby played out
> “It didn’t really cross my mind during practice to check [the dock] or fish it hard. But the first morning of the tournament, I didn’t get a bite at the water intake or on that piece of wood. The dock was the next thing there, and no one else was there, so I decided to pitch around it to see if I got a bite.