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

2014 Elite Series: Lake Dardanelle Live Blog

Clunn in a dry spell

1:58 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Rick Clunn has hit a dry spell, going 90 minutes without a keeper. He's got a point on Piney Bay that he appears to have a lot of confidence in. He's visited it four times today without any positive results.

 

Now he's retuned to the mouth of Piney Bay, where it connects to Piney Creek. He caught 4 keepers here earlier today. Stay with us to see if he's able to connect here again.

Christie in Illinois Bayou

1:47 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Just caught up with Jason Christie way back in the Illinois Bayou. He's flipping a creature bait to a mix of grass and lily pads. He's got a bag in the mid teens and needs to upgrade quite a bit to make a run at the leaders. We are within sight of where he lost a 7-pounder yesterday and there is plenty of time left. Anything could happen. --Hunter Baughman

Ike on the move

1:31 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Clunn hoping his spot can pay off again

1:31 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Rick Clunn has been fishing Lake Dardanelle in an Arkansas River classic style. He's built him a milk run in the Piney Creek area and it's obviously paid off.

 

In the day and a half we've been on him, we've watched him catch fish at every stop but one.

 

That fish-less spot is one of the many main-lake points in the bay. He's hit it four times today, more than any other spot. And we are back on it.

 

We have to assume Clunn has done some damage here in the past few days.  He obviously has a ton of confidence in it.

 

He's got about an hour left, to see if that is misled confidence or not.

 

Right now we expect this to be a really close derby. Clunn thinks he needs 20 plus, which makes this point even more compelling.

 

Either way, a big fish here could help seal the deal.

Zaldain with a nice cull

1:17 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Omori on the move

1:02 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

We caught up with Omori in Piney, fishing a rain run off with a spinnerbait. As I type he's on the move again. No luck here. -- Hunter Baughman

Big-time flip of a small-time bass

1:00 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Generally, when you set the hook on a flippin' bite and the fish flies completely over the boat before splashing down on the other side, it's not going to help you win a bass tournament. That's what happened soon after Greg Hackney made a short move down the lake from the stumpy cove where he's been the last hour.

 

The added time to explore that cove, which has produced some key fish for Hackney this week, didn't produce much after the two good fish he caught on the way in.

 

After this latest move and the hook-set/flying fish, Hackney caught one that helped by a few ounces. It's hard to guess what Hackney has in the livewell now, but let's try. We know he's got, in his words, "a solid 4-pounder," and, in JO's eyes and mine, a solid 3-pounder. The fish he just culled was a "healthy 2-pounder" (JO's words). That would indicate Hackney has, let's say, three 2 1/2-pounders in the well. So our best guess right now is 14 1/2 pounds.

 

Hackney just set the hook on another boat-hurdler. That won't help.

Ike still working the grass

12:50 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Reese with a nice one

12:07 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Hackney makes another small cull

12:01 pm CDT, May 18, 2014

Greg Hackney has continued to pick apart this shallow, stump-filled cove just off the main river channel. Mostly he's throwing a Strike King chartreuse body, black back square-bill crankbait. But he's flipping the bank, too. That's how he just culled up a few ounces, on a flipping bite.

 

Hackney told us that the 4-pounder he caught in the mouth of the cove came on the square-bill. We weren't close enough to see that one. We did see that the 3-pounder he caught after that came on the crankbait.

 

On a personal note, I'm about to barf on my iPad. James Overstreet has been rocking the boat for the last 30 minutes. As soon as we get off one barely-underwater stump, we're on another one. I need one of those patches you stick behind your ear.

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