Kevin VanDam paused and raised his eyebrows in confused skepticism when he heard somebody say it might take 75 pounds to win.
The bass are further along in the spawning process at the Kissimmee Chain than they were on Florida's Harris Chain last week. And that's a bad thing in terms of catching fish during the Bassmaster Elite Series Citrus Slam, presented by Longhorn.
The Bassmaster Elite Series will bring its 11th tournament of the season — the Champion's Choice presented by Ramada Worldwide — to Oneida Lake out of Syracuse, N.Y., as the 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series season comes to a close.
It comes as no surprise that Patrick Sébile's very first memory involves fishing. He'd hooked a six-pound carp on a cane pole and the fish pulled so hard, his uncle had to take the pole and help him land the fish.
Every angler I've spoken to recently about this week's Elite tournament on Lake Erie sounds anxious for the event to begin, and I think it's because the fishing is so phenomenal, not because they're ready for this season to end. Erie is all about smallmouth, of course, and what bass fisherman wouldn't look forward to a week at the best smallmouth fishery in the world?
In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the newest additions to the Lunker Club from September/October 2008.
While bluegill and shad constitute the majority of bass' finned fare, there are other fishes that a hungry largemouth won't pass up. Some are specific to certain regions. Gobies, for example, account for nearly ninety percent of smallmouth bass' diet in Lake Erie, but you'd be hard pressed to find a goby in Florida. The bass' diverse diet and voracious appetite are a few reasons why they are so successful most everywhere they are introduced.
BUFFALO — At all but two Bassmaster Elite Series events during the 2008 season, a professional angler has lurked among the co-angler ranks. He's even been featured on magazine covers. This year, he took home money at eight of nine tournaments in which he's competed. At the Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance, he finished in second out of 100-plus co-anglers.
In this photo gallery you will see images of the 2008 elite series Empire Chase on lake Erie. It is the fourth day behind the scenes.