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

2014 Elite Series: Lake Dardanelle Live Blog

Ike in action

9:40 am CDT, May 18, 2014

Booyah truck giveaway

9:30 am CDT, May 18, 2014

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Elias scores on a crankbait

9:30 am CDT, May 18, 2014

No. 4 for Swindle

9:21 am CDT, May 18, 2014

Ike culls again!

9:20 am CDT, May 18, 2014

As soon as I typed the last blog Ike culled again with a nice fish. He is on fire! -- Hunter Baughman

More gather for Ike

9:19 am CDT, May 18, 2014

Ike's catching 'em good!

9:18 am CDT, May 18, 2014

We just pulled up on Ike in Dardanelle Bay. We are told he has been catching them good. When we got here he caught a nice fish but was unable to cull. He should be in the mid to high teens by now. Looks to be throwing a vibrating jig. -- Hunter Baughman

"The bridge deal" still working

9:15 am CDT, May 18, 2014

Greg Hackney mentioned yesterday that he was "surprised the bridge hadn't played out. I'm going under about every one of them there is here and there are boats on every one of them."


"The bridge deal" was a big deal to Paul Elias, who made it in the 12 cut thanks to a 20-pound bag yesterday. He figured that Mike Iaconelli might be back in there today because Elias saw him there Saturday.


It appears that "the bridge deal" is coming up big again today. From BASSTrakk, it appears that both Elias and Iaconelli are fishing around the highway bridge in Dardanelle Bay. Elias found them there in a big way during Tuesday's practice.


"I caught a 25-pound bag in there," Elias said. "I probably could have caught two more 20-pound sacks. Then they raised the water up and it killed it."


Elias discovered the spot was hot again Saturday afternoon. It's not the bridge structure but the riprap banks around it where the fish are holding.


"I left 'em biting, and I probably should have stayed in there a little longer," Elias said.


But he was confident he could go back in there today and catch them, whether anyone else was there or not.


"I figured out a little deal where I can catch them, regardless," he said.


It looks like Iaconelli has figured out something there as well.

Crochet and Combs

8:53 am CDT, May 18, 2014

Cliff Crochet and Keith Combs just passed each other. Combs still has 4 and Cliff has 1. Crochet is throwing a frog looking for the kind of bites he will need to win.


Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Hunter Baughman

Ike still whackin' 'em!

8:53 am CDT, May 18, 2014