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

2014 Elite Series: Lake Dardanelle Live Blog

Chapman with some fans

6:24 am CDT, May 15, 2014
Brent Chapman takes a moment to get a photo taken with some young fans who came "from just up the hill. It wasn't hard getting them up this morning," dad said.

Day 1 before dawn

6:22 am CDT, May 15, 2014

Shaw Grigsby is all lit up under the moonlight as the anglers line the docks at Lake Dardanelle State Park. The rains have stopped and clear skies are expected until possible late afternoon thunderstorms.
Alton Jones said the temps in the low 40s were expected, but he sees the cool air and warm water mixing for a potential fog delay. Stay tuned.

Lane's boat ablaze...for real

1:41 am CDT, May 15, 2014

Chris Lane awoke to a call to move his truck and boat from the hotel parking lot as one of the angler's boats was on fire. It was his.


He watched in horror as the Russellville Fire Department attempted to put it out.


"They got the call at 2:02 a.m. and it was out by 2:20. It didn't want to go out," he said, adding the cause of the fire is being investigated. "I lost pretty much everything. Fortunately, nobody was hurt."


He can't say enough about everyone who helped him. He was at the launch with Fred Roumbanis' old boat, which now has Jodie Haralson's name on the wrap.


During launch, anglers were still offering him tackle. He thanked them and said he would be OK.


"The boat's a total loss. There's no reason to tow it home," he said.


Lane was still working on getting the electronics set up on the loaner as the last of the Elites blasted off.


"It is what it is. You have to make due," he said.

Elites 'Tackle the Storm'

8:38 pm CDT, May 14, 2014

These rods and reels were donated to Tackle the Storm to give to kids and families who lost their fishing gear in the recent tornadoes. Elite pros KVD, Brandon Palaniuk, John Crews, Ike, Ish, Hank Cherry, J Todd Tucker and Chris Lane all handed over a little somethin' to brighten someone's day.

Gerald Swindle on the final day of practice

10:20 am CDT, May 14, 2014

Swindle starts practice on Dardanelle

10:14 am CDT, May 12, 2014