2010 Elite Series Postseason #1 Lake Jordan - Wetumpka, AL, Jul 24 - 25, 2010

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Kevin VanDam

Kevin VanDam

In the world of professional bass fishing, Kevin VanDam is at the pinnacle and arguably the best in the world.

Lake Jordan is history. I'm fairly pleased - not ecstatic but pleased. I accomplished the minimum of what I had to do. On Saturday morning, I was pretty far out, but as of this morning, I'm only seven points behind. That's doable, especially considering we're headed to the river for the next two days.

When I say fairly pleased, what I mean is that I feel as if I got about all Jordan would give me. Going into the event, I figured I could weigh about 30 pounds of bass when everything was said and done. I managed 30 pounds, 2 ounces. That allowed me to close the points gap to within striking distance. I can't be unhappy about that.

This postseason stuff is interesting. It's all about finishing the season strong, being on a roll when it counts. As a fan of the sport, I couldn't like it more. The 2010 season will come down to a half-dozen anglers showing their best stuff on the last two days of the season. How can a sport get better than that?

We don't want to forget, however, that Skeet is still in the lead and he'll be fighting like the devil to keep it that way. You know he wants that title as much as the rest of us. And the Alabama River is a very different fishery from Lake Jordan.

Jordan is a lake; the Alabama River is a river. Both fisheries are classic examples of their names. Jordan is full of lake-like structure and cover, but the Alabama River is what I call a true river fishery.

There are some backwater areas, but not a lot. If you're going to catch bass in it, you're going to do some main river fishing. The current's different, too. It may come as a surprise to some of you but Lake Jordan may actually have more current and more hours of current, although our schedule will negate some of that.

We'll be launching later in the morning on Friday and Saturday, and fishing later into the afternoon. At the same time, they pull water later in the day so that means we'll have more current to fish. That's a good thing, at least as far as I'm concerned.

What that'll do to the final weights is a mystery at this point. I've always thought that Lake Jordan was a more productive big bass fishery and maybe a little easier to fish. But that could change with the weather the way it is and the current schedule.

Jordan fished better than I thought given the heat during our practice. (The weather was much improved during the actual tournament.) It's supposed to be a little better late this week, so that could push the winning weights up come Friday. We might even see a couple of giants before it's over.

Remember, it's all about the attitude.

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