2014 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Dardanelle Lake Dardanelle - Russellville, AR, May 15 - 18, 2014

2014 Elite Series: Lake Dardanelle Live Blog

Jelvis is in the house

4:50 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

I have a little story that's worth sharing. First let me introduce Seigo Seito. He's a fantastic photographer who works for us on the Elite Series. He's creative and one of the hardest working guys on our crew. And by the way, he's Japanese, now living in Los Angeles, California.


Early in this tournament he was covering Greg Hackney and asked Greg's Marshal to move out of the way so he could get a cleaner photo.  A few  minutes later Greg asked his Marshal, "Do you know who that is? That's the Japanese Elvis." Perhaps Greg was paying respects to Seigo's ample sideburns. But then I learned Seigo actually dressed up as Elvis at a tournament a couple years ago.


Well in our boat we shortened Japanese Elvis to simply Jelvis. That's a high compliment here in the South.


Seigo, Jelvis, may you live long and prosper. And thanks for your great work for us.

Hooked on the weigh-in

3:55 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Bassmaster Marshal Leonard Polacek's granddaughter says she's hooked on the Bassmaster Elite weigh-in, just like her grandpa.

Hackney's in the game

2:53 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Greg Hackney just broke a long dry spell with a fish that is at least "a heavy 3-pounder" and might go 4. It allowed him to cull up at least a pound, maybe more, at 2:45 p.m.


Hackney has been fishing his way back down Mill Creek toward the main lake. Between the two highway bridge, where a new I-40 bridge is under construction, he set the hook and landed a fish that brought a cheer from the few observer boats around him.


James Overstreet thinks Hackney now has between 15 1/4 and 15 1/2 pounds.

Clunn makes a big run

2:50 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

We followed Rick Clunn under I-40 down into the main channel where he commenced to run off like a scolded dog. We couldn't keep up with him.


We're off the water now. Should be a dramatic weigh-in!

Christie on a late bite, again

2:45 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

At Saturday's weigh-in, Jason Christie talked about how important timing was in the area he's been fishing this week. There's an early bite, but mostly it's been a late bite.


"I might as well take a nap in the middle of the day," Christie said.


He's been fine-tuning how best to take advantage of the late bite as the tournament progressed. And according to BASSTrakk, Christie appears to be coming on strong late today.


"I've been fishing in 4 or 5 feet of water, or less -- mostly less," Christie said. "I think about 75 percent of it has to do with moving water. It may all be based on moving water, and we just don't realize it."

Swindle culling

2:39 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Watch 'First Look' with Davy Hite live at 2:45 p.m. CT

2:24 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Would you like to know what the Top 12 anglers used to catch their fish this week on Lake Dardanelle? If so, be sure to tune in to 'First Look' with Davy Hite as he interviews the Top 12 anglers just prior to weigh-in. This is the first chance we have to hear and see all the details anglers wouldn't share until competition was complete. The show starts at 2:45 and you can see it all by clicking here

At the Expo

2:06 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Be sure to stop by the Berkley Tank for seminars and giveaways from Pure Fishing. 

Hackney moves to Mill Creek

2:03 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Greg Hackney moved into Mill Creek about 20 minutes ago. He's mostly flipping but occasionally casting a square-bill. Hackney has swung and missed a couple of times in here, but hasn't boated a fish since the move. He came up the bank that runs near the highway and has now crossed over to work his way down the other side.

Christie upgrades

1:59 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Jason Christie just caught a 4-pounder and made a nice cull. Things are happening. --Hunter Baughman