Kevin VanDam Scores Eleventh Bass Win

Two-Time Bassmaster Classic Champ VanDam Moves into Second in Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Lead

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 GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., is known for his fast-paced style on the water, but the two-time Bassmaster Classic champion had to shift gears into low speed Sunday to claim the Bassmaster Elite Series Southern Challenge presented by Purolator besting Mark Tucker of St. Louis, Mo., by more than seven pounds.

 VanDam, who received a $100,000 top prize, stormed from fourth place and almost two pounds behind leader Terry Butcher of Talala, Okla., on Sunday with a catch of 25 pounds, 5 ounces, to finish with 66-3 on Lake Guntersville for his first victory in a Bassmaster Elite Series event. VanDam's catch was the second-heaviest bag of the tournament, which was shortened a day due to weather. ESPN2 will air coverage of VanDam's comeback victory at the Southern Challenge presented by Purolator on Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m. ET.Tucker was second with 59-1 and Butcher finished third with 58-4. Terry Scroggins of Palatka, Fla., was fourth with 58-0 and Jason Quinn of Lake Wylie, S.C., rounded out the top five with 57-2.

 The win was VanDam's 11th career BASS victory and 67th career top 10, several of them coming on Guntersville Lake where the 39-year-old competed in the third tournament of his illustrious BASS career. It also put the three-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year winner closer to the lead in the points chase roughly halfway through the current Elite Series season. VanDam now has 1,263 points, just 25 behind leader Skeet Reese of California.

 After missing the top 50 cut the week before at an Elite event on Clarks Hill Lake in Evans, Ga., VanDam, who is in first place on the Bassmaster Elite Series Power Index, tightened the screws on Guntersville. He hovered near the lead all three days, concentrating on spawning shad along grass lines with a ½-ounce Strike King KVD Pro-Model spinnerbait in blue shad and either a Strike King Series 5 or Series 6 crankbait, depending on the depth of the milfoil.

 "Shad is spawning all over the lake on the ledges or grass," the 39-year-old said. "You can throw a spinnerbait in the grass and hardly get it back because of the shad bumping the bait."Bass are up there capitalizing on that and if you can find a pack of them, you can catch two or three. I really had to slow down and work the spinnerbait deliberately through those areas and when a bass in that grass saw it come over their heads, they'd come up and get it."

 VanDam made milk runs to specific spots in the midlake area, keying on areas near spawning flats where bass would be moving to key on the shad spawn. Tucker and Butcher also were keying on spawning shad, mixing up a variety of spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastics around grasslines, docks and wood cover."You had to stay around the shad whether they were shallow or deep," said Tucker, who worked a ½-ounce Picasso spinnerbait, ¼-ounce Chatterbait and Zoom crankbait. "If there weren't any shad following my bait, I'd throw the crankbait and they usually would follow it, so I knew they still were there but were just deeper. After 10 a.m., they're harder to find."Butcher, a 35-year-old ex bull-rider, led the first two days of the tournament but couldn't close the deal Sunday. He plucked bass from different areas, never getting the consistent big bites he needed."I spent most of the day flipping docks and wood with a Yum Wooly Hawg," he said. "They had to be specific docks near spawning areas. I just didn't have enough to get the victory."

 After being on the road since Feb. 9 for the Bassmaster Classic and Elite Series season, VanDam wrapped up his tournament with a vow to be in Michigan with his family Monday. The tour has a two-week break before the Bassmaster American presented by Advance Auto Parts on High Rock Lake in Greensboro, N.C.He'll do it with the Elite Series trophy comfortably secured in his truck on the long drive."Anytime you can win on this series with these guys, it's special," he said. "This is awesome."Fishing fans can visit www.espnoutdoors.com for live weigh-in footage, a real-time leaderboard, photo galleries and analysis of the Bassmaster American, the first Bassmaster Major of the season.

 Day 3 Purolator Big Bass

 Pro: Kevin VanDam; Kalamazoo, Mich.; 7-5

 Location and Field

 Southern Challenge — Bassmaster Elite Series

 Lake Guntersville

 Guntersville, Ala.

 April 26-29

 Local sponsors: Local sponsors include Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce and Marshall County.

Bassmaster Elite Series sponsors: Sponsors of the Bassmaster Elite Series include Toyota Tundra, Purolator, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley, Advance Auto Parts, Lowrance Electronics, MotorGuide, Costa Del Mar, Ramada Worldwide and Evan Williams Bourbon.

 

 

 

2007 Elite Series - Southern Challenge PRO 04/26-04/29 

 

Lake Guntersville, Guntersville  Ala.

 

(PRO Division) Standings Day 3

 

 

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

 

 

1.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, Mich.       15  66-03  305  $102,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   21-04    Day 2: 5   19-10    Day 3: 5   25-05   

 

2.  Mark Tucker            Saint Louis, Mo.       15  59-01  295   $30,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   19-12    Day 2: 5   18-00    Day 3: 5   21-05   

 

3.  Terry Butcher          Talala, Okla.          15  58-04  300   $34,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   26-03    Day 2: 5   16-06    Day 3: 5   15-11   

 

4.  Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, Fla.        15  58-00  285   $18,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   21-02    Day 2: 5   20-01    Day 3: 5   16-13   

 

5.  Jason Quinn            Lake Wylie, S.C.       15  57-02  280   $17,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   22-10    Day 2: 5   19-04    Day 3: 5   15-04   

 

6.  Kelly Jordon           Mineola, Texas         15  55-03  276   $15,500.00

 

Day 1: 5   15-01    Day 2: 5   21-15    Day 3: 5   18-03   

 

7.  Yusuke Miyazaki        Mineola, Texas         15  51-09  272   $15,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   18-06    Day 2: 5   20-12    Day 3: 5   12-07   

 

8.  Alton Jones            Waco, Texas            15  48-00  268   $14,500.00

 

Day 1: 5   16-05    Day 2: 5   18-01    Day 3: 5   13-10   

 

9.  Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, Ala.            14  46-11  264   $14,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   19-08    Day 2: 5   16-01    Day 3: 4   11-02   

 

10. Shaw E Grigsby, Jr     Gainesville, Fla.      13  44-13  260   $13,500.00

 

Day 1: 5   18-00    Day 2: 5   17-12    Day 3: 3    9-01   

 

11. Ben Matsubu            Hemphill, Texas        13  43-03  257   $12,500.00

 

Day 1: 5   15-11    Day 2: 5   19-06    Day 3: 3    8-02   

 

12. Timmy Horton           Muscle Shoals, Ala.    13  43-01  254   $12,300.00

 

Day 1: 5   16-05    Day 2: 5   18-06    Day 3: 3    8-06   

 

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Big Bass

 

Day

 

1   Boyd Duckett            Demopolis, Ala.            0-00  $1,000.00

 

2   Rick Ash                Pottstown, Pa.             7-09  $1,000.00

 

3   Kevin VanDam            Kalamazoo, Mich.           7-05  $1,000.00

 

 

Big Bag

 

Day

 

1   Terry Butcher           Talala, Okla.                    $1,000.00

 

2   Mike Wurm               Hot Springs, Ark.         22-05  $1,000.00

 

3   Kevin VanDam            Kalamazoo, Mich.          25-05  $1,000.00

 

 

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Totals

 

Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight

 

1       81       470      1392-04

 

2       71       454      1366-15

 

3        8        53       175-05

 

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160       977      2934-08

 

2007 Southern Challenge - Southern Challenge Pro Points 

 

After Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, Ala.  Ending 04-29-2007, Day 3

 

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Place  Name               St            Pts

 

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1 Skeet Reese           Calif.       1288

 

2 Kevin VanDam          Mich.        1263

 

3 Jared Lintner         Calif.       1234

 

4 Ishama Monroe         Calif.       1169

 

5 Derek Remitz          Texas        1129

 

6 Jeff Kriet            Okla.        1128

 

7 Fred Roumbanis        Calif.       1119

 

8 Aaron Martens         Ala.         1115

 

9 Steve Kennedy         Ala.         1102

 

10 Scott Rook            Ark.         1067

 

11 Mike McClelland       Ark.         1059

 

12 Gerald Swindle        Ala.         1033

 

13 Terry Scroggins       Fla.         1032

 

14 Kelly Jordon          Texas        1027

 

15 Chris Lane            Fla.         1025

 

16 Tommy Biffle          Okla.        1024

 

17 Alton Jones           Texas        1021

 

18 Brent Chapman         Kan.          998

 

19 Todd Faircloth        Texas         997

 

20 Stephen Browning      Ark.          994

 

21 Bryan Hudgins         Fla.          989

 

22 Casey Ashley          S.C.          982

 

23 Pete Ponds            Miss.         981

 

24 Mark Menendez         Ky.           977

 

25 Timmy Horton          Ala.          974

 

26 Cliff Pace            Miss.         973

 

27 Paul Elias            Miss.         972

 

27 Dean Rojas            Texas         972

 

29 Gary Klein            Texas         970

 

30 John Crews            Va.           969

 

31 John Murray           Ariz.         958

 

32 Kevin Wirth           Ky.           956

 

33 Jeff Reynolds         Okla.         949

 

34 Greg Gutierrez        Calif.        942

 

35 Jason Quinn           S.C.          940

 

36 Mark Tyler            Okla.         932

 

36 Brian Snowden         Mo.           932

 

38 Peter Thliveros       Fla.          921

 

39 Michael Iaconelli     N.J.          918

 

39 Ray Sedgwick          S.C.          918

 

41 Ken Brodeur           Conn.         917

 

41 Scott Campbell        Mo.           917

 

43 Kevin Short           Ark.          907

 

44 Rick Morris           Va.           905

 

45 Edwin Evers           Okla.         873

 

46 Randy Howell          Ala.          872

 

47 Greg Hackney          La.           866

 

48 Jimmy Mize            Ark.          865

 

49 Takahiro Omori        Texas         859

 

50 Mark Tucker           Mo.           847

 

51 Russ Lane             Ala.          846

 

52 Shaw Grigsby, Jr      Fla.          843

 

53 Morizo Shimizu        Calif.        841

 

54 Ben Matsubu           Texas         840

 

55 Davy Hite             S.C.          833

 

56 Jason Williamson      S.C.          832

 

57 Dave Wolak            N.C.          829

 

58 Yusuke Miyazaki       Texas         822

 

59 Boyd Duckett          Ala.          798

 

59 Ken Cook              Okla.         798

 

61 Denny Brauer          Mo.           797

 

62 Bernie Schultz        Fla.          791

 

63 Britt Myers           S.C.          786

 

64 Matt Reed             Texas         779

 

65 Zell Rowland          Texas         778

 

66 Bill Lowen            Ohio          777

 

66 Lee Bailey            Ala.          777

 

68 Matthew Sphar         N.Y.          776

 

68 Kotaro Kiriyama       Ala.          776

 

70 Bradley Hallman       Okla.         771

 

71 James Charlesworth    Fla.          764

 

72 Jim Murray            Ga.           762

 

73 Mike Wurm             Ark.          761

 

74 Charlie Hartley       Ohio          757

 

75 Jami Fralick          S.D.          754

 

76 Marty Robinson        S.C.          753

 

77 Jeff Connella         La.           752

 

77 Paul Hirosky          Pa.           752

 

79 Mark Rogers           Fla.          751

 

80 Rick Clunn            Mo.           736

 

81 James Niggemeyer      Texas         724

 

81 Bill Smith            Ky.           724

 

83 Kevin Langill         N.C.          723

 

84 Matt Amedeo           Ohio          722

 

85 Guy Eaker             N.C.          712

 

86 Kenyon Hill           Okla.         711

 

87 Grant Goldbeck        Md.           710

 

88 Kurt Dove             Va.           702

 

89 Glenn Delong          Ohio          684

 

90 James Kennedy         La.           677

 

91 Marty Stone           N.C.          675

 

92 Preston Clark         Fla.          660

 

93 Steve Daniel          Fla.          651

 

94 Keith Phillips        Ala.          639

 

95 Eric Nethery          Ga.           620

 

96 Jeremy Starks         W.Va.         614

 

97 Jon Bondy             Canada        596

 

98 Terry Butcher         Okla.         595

 

99 Darrin Schwenkbeck    Md.           586

 

100 Rick Ash              Pa.           570

 

101 Dave Smith            Okla.         562

 

102 Jimmy Mason           Ala.          558

 

103 Doc Merkin            Ill.          527

 

104 Charlie Youngers      Fla.          494

 

105 Byron Velvick         Texas         491

 

106 Frank Scalish         Ohio          483

 

107 Bradley Stringer      Texas         447

 

108 Elton Luce Jr         Texas         426

 

2007 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 

After Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, AL ending 04-29-2007, Day 3

 

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Place  Name               St            Pts

 

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1 Derek Remitz          Texas        1129

 

2 Bryan Hudgins         Fla.          989

 

3 Casey Ashley          S.C.          982

 

4 Scott Campbell        Mo.           917

 

5 Jason Williamson      S.C.          832

 

6 Matthew Sphar         N.Y.          776

 

7 James Charlesworth    Fla.          764

 

8 Marty Robinson        S.C.          753

 

9 James Niggemeyer      Texas         724

 

10 Matt Amedeo           Ohio          722

 

11 Glenn Delong          Ohio          684

 

12 James Kennedy         La.           677

 

2007 Toyota Moving Forward Award

 

After Guntersville, AL ending 04-29-2007, Day 3

 

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Place  Name               2006 Finish   2007 Standings

 

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1 Fred Roumbanis            69             7

 

2 Pete Ponds                83            23

 

3 Ken Brodeur               98            41

 

4 Chris Lane                61            15

 

5 Mark Menendez             68            24

 

6 Scott Rook                47            10

 

6 Rick Morris               81            44

 

8 Ishama Monroe             37             4

 

9 Mark Tyler                64            36

 

10 Jeff Kriet                33             6

 

11 Stephen Browning          45            20

 

12 Kevin Short               67            43

 

13 Brent Chapman             41            18

 

14 Paul Elias                49            27

 

15 Mark Rogers               99            79

 

16 Brian Snowden             54            36

 

16 Terry Scroggins           31            13

 

18 Ray Sedgwick              56            39

 

19 Jared Lintner             18             3

 

20 Ken D Cook                73            59

 

21 Britt Myers               76            63

 

22 Greg Gutierrez            46            34

 

23 Mike McClelland           22            11

 

23 Jimmy Mize                59            48

 

25 Charlie Hartley           83            74

 

26 Gary Klein                36            29

 

27 Skeet Reese                7             1

 

28 Timmy Horton              30            25

 

29 Todd Faircloth            23            19

 

30 Grant Goldbeck            88            87

 

30 Kevin VanDam               3             2

 

30 Gerald Swindle            13            12

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