2012 Elite Series - Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship
Lake Decatur - Decatur, IL, Sep 22 - 23, 2012

Chapman goes ballistic

1:29 pm CDT, Sep 21, 2012 | By Dave Precht

Brent Chapman seems to be one of the most even-tempered pros in the Bassmaster Elite Series. But you wouldn't know that by the way he just exploded after missing a keeper just now. Chapman had the fish half-way back to the boat when it came unbuttoned. He immediately began slamming his lure into the water and otherwise having a fit. I don't blame him. He knows how important every bite is in an event like this. It was a rare display of emotion for Chapman, and it was over in 30 seconds. He doesn't know he's in fourth place right now, a position that would earn him a berth in tomorrow's Evan Williams Bourbon Championship semi-finals on Decatur Lake. But he believes he is within striking distance.

 

Chapman has abandoned his deep structure spot near the dam and has moved a quarter-mile up the lake to a shallow sloping bank. The fish hit a shad colored crankbait. Chapman just confirmed that the fish was a "solid 3-pounder, maybe 4." What a heartbreaker.

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