Elite Series anglers and fans were greeted with light rains and a forecast of scattered thunderstorms on Day Two of the Douglas Lake Challenge.
The Douglas Lake Challenge is the event I circled on the schedule when I signed up for the Bassmaster Elite Series. Norris Lake is my home lake but Douglas is a close second.
Elite Series rookie Brandon Card knows Douglas Lake well. As a native of nearby Caryville, Tenn., he's been fishing the big Tennessee Valley Authority impoundment since he was 14 years old.
Who's still in, who's out and what matters in the chase for the sport's most prestigious title.
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.