2013 Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River
St. Lawrence River - Waddington, NY, Aug 8 - 11, 2013

2013 St. Lawrence River Live Blog

JVD has five fish

9:50 am EDT, Aug 11, 2013

Jonathon VanDam just landed his fourth fish. It weighed less than 3 pounds, which should give him around 11 or 12 pounds for the day. He and Pipkens parted awhile ago, but Kevin Hawk is within sight and he's caught two almost back to back.

Before I could finish this post, JVD landed another, smaller than the last one, so he's got a limit n

Audience for Palaniuk

9:48 am EDT, Aug 11, 2013

I don't know where they came from, but there are four spectator boats watching Palaniuk right now. I guess there are BASS fans everywhere you go.

We have a beautiful day out here on Henderson Bay. Not too windy, sunny, lots of action from Palaniuk.

There has been a lull in the action.

"I don't know where that school of big bass went," Palaniuk says.

I bet he finds them again soon.

Hawk hooks up!

9:44 am EDT, Aug 11, 2013

Kevin Hawk just landed a 3 and a quarter pounder. That's three fish in
the box for him today, we're estimating about 9 to 10 pounds total.

Kevin is not getting many bites. As soon as he got this smallie in the
livewell he quickly moved about a hundred yards to another spot.
Frequent movement has been his style all morning.

Smart move for Palaniuk yesterday

9:41 am EDT, Aug 11, 2013

Yeager just reminded me that Palaniuk started fishing this morning where he stopped fishing yesterday. After fishing his first spot yesterday, Palaniuk moved farther into the bay and caught two good fish.

He started there today and already has over 20 pounds. Smooth move.

Palaniuk just caught a small one and is fighting another bass now. It's another small fish that is too little to cull anything he has in the box.

If Palaniuk  can catch another 4-pound bass, he will likely lock up this tournament and it is only 9:30 in the morning. It's beginning to feel like destiny.

Palaniuk hooks up, but doesn't keep

9:33 am EDT, Aug 11, 2013

Palaniuk is culling, again

9:32 am EDT, Aug 11, 2013

Another 4-pounder for Palaniuk

9:30 am EDT, Aug 11, 2013

Palaniuk lands another bass. This one will go 4 pounds. You can hear the excitement in his voice. He culls and must be up to 20 pounds or more by 

now. Seigo jumps into Palaniuk's boat to get some close-up photos. We have got one happy crew here.

Punch cigars mean victory

9:27 am EDT, Aug 11, 2013

Our new friend Kendall Rountree, set us up with a nice sampling of Punch Cigars. After a successful day of covering the tournament we celebrated by tasting his wares. Let's just say we all gave them two thumbs up. In the photo that's Dave Precht, head of B.A.S.S. publications and communications, myself, Steve Bowman, our content guru, and Don Logan, co-owner of B.A.S.S. Thanks Kendall! 

JVD, Pipkens talking it out

9:15 am EDT, Aug 11, 2013

Jonathon VanDam, Chad Pipkens and Kevin Hawk are fishing the same general area of the St. Lawrence River. Pipkens just moved up in front of VanDam, and VanDam. immediately cranked the big motor to move up near Pipkens.

They are having a conversation, with their boats about 25 yards apart. It seems friendly, not like a turf war, but the speed in which JVD moved indicated otherwise.

They've stayed in close proximity for a few minutes now. The two Michigan natives entered the day in second (JVD) and fourth place.

The Brandon Palaniuk Show

9:10 am EDT, Aug 11, 2013

Palaniuk hooks bass number six and takes his time with it. Yeager and I enjoy the show as Seigo takes photos.

Palaniuk has to play these hard-fighting smallmouth bass gingerly, given that he is using 6 pound test line with his spinning tackle. This fish will go maybe 3 pounds. It allows Palaniuk to cull his smallest bass.