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Looking a lot like Kentucky Lake

Aug 2, 2015

On Day 4 of the Kentucky Lake tournament in June, Steve Bowman and I were following Edwin Evers, just like today.   Evers had the lead, but some other Elites were gaining on him, namely Kevin VanDam. He needed one big fish to close the door. And he got it, a 9-pounder at about 1:30 in the afternoon.   Today is a very similar story. Evers is leading, but there's a murderers' row trying their hardest to top him. He's telling us he's now on some really big fish.  

Incident with lakeside landowner leaves Menendez fuming

Aug 2, 2015

Mark Menendez didn’t make Saturday’s Top 12 cut to fish the final day of the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River.

Evers fishing Grand Central Station

Aug 2, 2015

Photo by Jim Sexton   The area Edwin is concentrating on is where a big bay funnels down and the creek flows under a bridge.  

Ledoux makes a bold move

Aug 2, 2015

Kevin Ledoux has stayed in a big bay near the Johnstown Bridge the first three days of the tournament. Make that 3 1/2. But he thinks all the smallmouth that he and Bill Lowen caught there this week have finally taken a toll.   Every day this week he's also mentioned this place he found "some giants" in practice, but hasn't felt the need to go to again. Today he felt the need, and he's on the move. This will considerably cut into his fishing time, as he said it's another 30 minutes up the St. Lawrence River from the Johnstown Bridge.

The last secret bait of the pros?

Aug 2, 2015

I'll never forget seeing that great headline in Bassmaster magazine several years ago, "The last secret bait of the pros." Who wouldn't read that story? I'd put the same headline on a story every year in the magazine, if I were calling the shots. (Be glad I'm not.)   But the point here is that another "last secret bait of the pros" could describe the key part of Kevin Ledoux's arsenal this week.  

Shaw Grigsby's fall from 1 to 76

Aug 2, 2015

Barone talks to his close friend Shaw Grigsby about his utter disappointment at how this tournament turned out.

The most surprising Top 12?

Aug 2, 2015

At every Championship Sunday on the Elite Series I enjoy studying the top 12 to see what kind of mix of guys made it. Today's is really diverse and full of surprises. It's got a great mix of veterans - Evers, Jones, Iaconelli, Reese, Davis and Hackney. Young guys Bertrand, Ledoux (who makes the first Top 12 in his three year career), Card, Powroznik and Feider, a true rookie. And Combs is somewhere in the middle.   Out of that group only Bertrand made the Top 12 when we were here in 2013.  

Swindle's week on the Saint

Aug 2, 2015

Gerald Swindle, in his own words, talks about his tournament on the St. Lawrence. Spoiler: It didn't go well.

Quest for victory

Aug 2, 2015

The final 12 begin their quest for championship glory on the St. Lawrence.

Smart smallies, harassment, treble troubles

Aug 1, 2015

The top five things from Day 3 of the Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River.