The Kissimmee Chain wasn't kind to Elite Series pro Matt Amedeo. He finished the Citrus Slam, presented by Longhorn, in 93rd place, with a two-day total of 11 pounds, 10 ounces.
Day Two leader Kelly Jordon caught a small keeper around 9 Saturday morning, then released it a few minutes later. But he had no regrets when he failed to weigh a fish at the end of the day.
Going into the BASS Elite Series tournament on the Kissimmee Chain, the conventional wisdom was sight-fishing for spawning bass wouldn't play much of a role.
Forty-four-year-old Alton Jones has been tournament bass fishing for over two decades now. He has thoroughly experienced how gruelling that can be, especially a four-day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. event, like those on the Bassmaster Elite Series. There are three practice days before the tournaments start.
The Kissimmee Chain produced four 20-pound-plus bags Thursday and three Friday. But Kelly Jordon was the only Bassmaster Elite Series angler to have a 20-pound bag days. That jumped Jordan into first place on Day Two of the Citrus Slam, presented by Longhorn.
There are almost as many colors of soft-plastic baits as there are bass fishermen. One of Butch Tucker's favorites is junebug. It's a bluish-purple, metal-flaked staple of bass anglers around the country, and it's especially popular on Florida lakes.
Kevin VanDam allowed Mike McClelland to be the only three-time winner on the Bassmaster Elite Series tour exactly one week. VanDam, who had never led for one day in a Florida Bassmaster event until Saturday, sealed the deal Sunday in the Citrus Slam, presented by Longhorn.
New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington set the hook on a three-pound largemouth bass after one of his first casts Wednesday morning at Lake Kissimmee. Then his line went slack.
The weather held the trump card in the opening round of the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel on Alabama's Lake Wheeler, though anglers were hopeful that they could dodge the thunderstorms predicted for Thursday evening.
Kevin VanDam paused and raised his eyebrows in confused skepticism when he heard somebody say it might take 75 pounds to win.