2012 Elite Series Douglas Lake Challenge Douglas Lake - Dandridge, TN, May 3 - 6, 2012

2012 Douglas Lake Challenge Live Blog

"Key Spot" or not?

8:50 am EDT, May 6, 2012

Another move now, two miles up the lake to the place that Myers says is the key spot.  He's about a hundred yards offshore from a steep bank with riprap and about a yard of exposed clay. Two casts and he's done here—no bites.  We get Z out of the boat and he's off to do more fast jumping around.

AOY Top 5: All-nice-guy lineup?

8:46 am EDT, May 6, 2012

The Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year top five has some really interesting nuances today. First if you were to pick five of the nicest guys on the Elite tour, these five would be very high on the list. We have Randy Howell, David Walker, Brent Chapman, Brandon Card, and Ott DeFoe. Is that a coincidence? I don't know what to say about that, but it's fun to see. Also, three of the top five are East Tennessee guys-- Walker, Card, and DeFoe.  It's very rare to see three guys from the same state in the top five. Though it's not surprising to see two of them still fishing today-- Card and DeFoe. Both grew up fishing Douglas Lake, and have fished these waters hundreds of time. It's giving the crowds here at Douglas something extra to get fired up about. The AOY race will no doubt change many times before the season is over, but today we are heavy on nice guys at the top, and guys from East Tennessee. 

War room starts at 9 a.m. EST

8:46 am EDT, May 6, 2012

The War Room is getting set to get started at 9 a.m. EST with a full slate of information.


At 9 a.m., Dave Mercer will bring everyone up to speed and will be on  the phone with Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona, who are on the water and following Britt Myers.


At 10 a.m., David Walker and Mercer will break down the action on the lake and how the tournament progressed the last three days. Remember this is Walker's home lake and he should have some insight not heard to this point.


At 11 a.m., Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders will be making phone calls to the top anglers while they are in the heat of competition. This is always the best part of the day's broadcast and you don't want to miss it.


At Noon, we will have Holly Lane, the wife 2012 Bassmaster Classic Champion Chris Lane, on the show telling us how that big win has impacted her life.


At 1 p.m., Chris Lane will get to verify or dispute anything Holly offered up.


And at 2 p.m., we will have a final update.


In between those top of the hour updates, we will be showing video from the water from all three days and giving you a great behind the scenes look at how this tournament progressed, including grabbing any other Elite anglers who come by.


Lots of good stuff, hope you will join us

Can he hold it?

8:44 am EDT, May 6, 2012
| By Ken Duke

If Myers closes this one out with a win, he joins KVD as the Elite anglers with the best performance before a win. VanDam finished second in 2008 before winning on Kentucky Lake, and Myers was second last week on Bull Shoals.

Britt Myers has a big lead

8:40 am EDT, May 6, 2012
| By Ken Duke

Britt Myers has a big lead (5-13) coming into the final round, but it's not nearly one of the biggest in Elite history. The biggest ever was 12-15 by Brandon Palaniuk just last week. The biggest lead that any Elite angler has ever let slip away in the final round was 9-14. That's how much Brian Snowden led by going into the final round on the Harris Chain in 2008 before he zipped on Sunday and Mike McClelland ran him down.

The Myers armada

8:33 am EDT, May 6, 2012

"It was unbelievable," Britt Myers said about the courtesy shown him Saturday by the armada following him from stop to stop. Those numbers got as high as 25 and  will probably top that today although there's only about 20 following him now.


Myers' pattern all week has been running and gunning, and he's already on his fourth spot this morning. The moves are easier now, as the fog has burned off the lake.


The courtesies extended to Myers Saturday included one boat driver who stayed with him all day. In Myers' excitement of leading the tournament Friday, he forgot to charge his cranking battery that night. He was afraid he might have  to come  in early Saturday, just to make certain he could fire up his outboard in time make his check-in. But when the boater offered to hang with Myers all day,  in case he needed a jump start, that's one less thing Myers had to worry about.


This fourth stop today is where Myers caught some of his better fish yesterday, but it was cloudy and rainy then.

Myers lands No. 3

8:14 am EDT, May 6, 2012

Britt Myers' moved to his third spot of the morning and quickly caught his third fish of the day. This one was a bit bigger than the previous two - probably 2 1/2 pounds.


He started the day with a 5-pound, 13-ounce lead on Jeremy Starks and his goal today has to be 20 pounds. That's because Starks has gotten increasingly dialed-in to  the bass in the main area he's fishing, and he's not  running around so much, like Myers and everyone else.


"I really feel like I can catch 25 pounds," Starks said yesterday.

Dedicated fans follow Myers

8:11 am EDT, May 6, 2012

Still completely socked in here with Britt Myers and 10 spectator boats.  When you're willing to spend hours on end squinting at what looks like a puppet show in a snowstorm, you're either an intensely dedicated fan or you need some counseling.  I think it's just a matter of great fans.  I need the counseling.


Britt said at the launch that this was his limit place with generally smaller fish.


Per Zona:  he is having to relocate these fish every day and the prime depth is 28 to 34 feet.

Myers nervous on Day Four

7:34 am EDT, May 6, 2012
| By Mark Zona

 Britt just caught his second fish, a 2-pounder, on a Luhr-Jensen Hot Lips crankbait.  He's alternating between that and a Strike King 6XD.  He's a self-proclaimed nervous wreck.

Starks has a limit

7:32 am EDT, May 6, 2012

Jeremy Starks has the first limit of the day. It weighs in at 11-pounds and change. Good enough to take the lead for the moment from Britt Myers.


All the other anglers are catching fish as well. We don't have catches for Ott DeFoe at the moment or none for Aaron Martens. Everyone else is one the scoreboard.


We do know that Martens is in a bad cell spot, so he may have a fish or two in the livewell, it's just not registered.


Meanwhile, right here surrounding the War Room and the take-off area it remains as clear as a bell, but we continue to get texts from our camera crew on how foggy it is where they are.