Remitz upgrades and is now around 15 lbs. Photo by Marshal Chris Reeves.
Jeremy Starks hand lands a nice Alabama River bass. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Wesley Seal.
Here’s the worst finish by any angler who won AOY (or led through the regular season):
2006 – Michael Iaconelli – 66th
2007 – Skeet Reese – 67th
2008 – Kevin VanDam – 56th
2009 – Skeet Reese – 29th
2010 – Skeet Reese – 59th
2011 – Kevin VanDam – 33rd
2012 – Brent Chapman – 68th
When you mitigate disaster by making your worst finish something that’s not in the bottom third of the field, you keep the door closed for challengers who hope to jump in when you stumble. Statistically, this is the biggest difference between VanDam and the legion of anglers who post a season or two near the top of the AOY race. His “bad” tournaments really aren’t so bad. Their “bad” tournaments are dismal.
The real reason KVD has won so many AOY titles and challenges virtually every year is that his worst finish in any Elite event was 59th at Clear Lake in 2010. (He’s also the best of all-time, and that doesn’t hurt.) VanDam barely missed the cut in his worst tournament! Everyone else who has fished at least one full season in the Elites has a finish of 79th place or lower.
We're almost back to the Cooter's Pond Landing and we saw Casey Scanlon fishing near the downtown ampitheatre. Timmy Horton was about a mile downriver from him. We stopped to chat with Jeremy Starks who reports he had five fish, but they're only going about 10 pounds.
Cajun Baby Cliff Crochet feels right at home with this huge alligator. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Ross Terrell.
We spotted a spectator on the bank near Jones Bluff Dam.
A Mike McClelland sighting. He's fishing near an old train bridge that spans the Alabama River just outside of downtown Montgomery. We heard some reports earlier that he was catching some good fish. He's throwing a spinnerbait toward a flooded tree just offshore.
There a couple of horses feeding in a field behind him onshore. Looks like there are a couple of hosses in the livewell, too. He reports he has five fish that go about 15 pounds so far.
If he's able to cull and add a few pounds, he stands a good chance to be among the leaders at the weigh-in later today.
Brent Chapman with a 2.5 lb spot. This fish culled and brought his total weight up to 14.5 lbs.
By Marshal Jace Hilton.