David Walker, Brandon Card and Ott DeFoe won’t be just home-state anglers in the May 3-6 Douglas Lake Challenge; they’ll be local favorites.
Fishing in the Bassmaster Elite Series, you have to catch them good every single day to finish in the top. These guys are beyond good, and you cannot stumble.
If the Elite season ended after Day Three of the Bull Shoals event, your Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year would be ... wait for it ... drum roll please ... Brent Chapman, in a landslide! Chapman would have 285 points on the strength of three consecutive top six finishes. The runner-up would be Randy Howell with 263. Skeet Reese would be 6th and Kevin VanDam 7th.
Clark Reehm was the unlucky Elite in 13th place after Day Three. The field narrows to 12 for the final day of fishing Sunday.
View some of the big bass that made their way across the stage during the Day Two weigh-in on Bull Shoals
Power fishing with baitcasting tackle and heavy line dominated the first two Elite tournaments but finesse fishing will play big at Bull Shoals.
A new family just moved in across the street from me, and I found out a few days ago when talking to the Dad that his 8-year-old son wants to be a professional fisherman someday.
Anglers eagerly assemble for Day One Launch of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open #2 on Lake Norman.
Brothers Brandon and Jordan Card have been entering the same tournaments since their early teens in their native Tennessee. Sometimes they are a team, mostly they entered separately, but they are never against each other.
I had a blast in Florida these past couple of weeks; the Elite Series was all that I had hoped for.