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

2014 Elite Series: Lake Dardanelle Live Blog

Ponds with his third fish

1:10 pm CDT, May 17, 2014

Zen Master update

12:52 pm CDT, May 17, 2014

We've caught up with the Zen Master, Rick Clunn. According to BassTrakk, he's our leader at the moment with 16.12 of bass today. Rick is fishing off a point right now, and we've watched him change rods three times in about 10 minutes.


It's pretty cool to see the old guys leading this deal--Clunn today and Zell Rowland moved into the lead for part of the weigh-in yesterday. Earlier this week, Don Barone and I were debating about running a story on how this year's stellar rookie crop is putting a lot of pressure on the Elite veterans. As you probably know, newcomers Brett Hite and Jacob Powroznik won two of the four Elites this year.


We decided to run the story, just in case one of the old guys won this week. At this moment that looks like a good decision.


The story is called "Footsteps." You can find it here. It's a great story, an age old tale that happens in every sport, where rookies chase the veterans and sometimes inspire them to great heights.

Zaldain with another good cull

12:49 pm CDT, May 17, 2014

Iaconelli close to 20 pounds

12:45 pm CDT, May 17, 2014

Iaconelli's main area from yesterday has been messed up by the wind. The water was dirty and he didn't like it there even though it produced more than 18 pounds.  Now he has  found a new spot and has been here little over two hours and two of his bigger fish were caught there. He estimates his weight is right around 20 pounds.

Scanlon culling up

12:45 pm CDT, May 17, 2014

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Stephen Smith

Morgenthaler with a limit

12:44 pm CDT, May 17, 2014

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Buc Rogers

Clunn dogging Mercer

12:28 pm CDT, May 17, 2014

We pulled up close on Rick Clunn to shoot a little video and remarked to him that it sounded like he was talking a lot.


"I only talk when I'm catching em," he said. 


We told him we'd back off quickly before he got mad.


"At least you're not Mercer," he said with a smile. "I told him yesterday he was bringing me bad luck. Well really he was my new excuse because I'd run out of old excuses."


So maybe that means Bowman and I are his good luck since Rick appears to be leading the tournament at the moment.

Another nice fish for Iaconelli! He's culling another one!

12:18 pm CDT, May 17, 2014

Photo by Bassmaster Elite Series marshal Mike Williams 

Hill with a 5-pounder

12:15 pm CDT, May 17, 2014

Zaldain with another great cull

12:12 pm CDT, May 17, 2014