KVD’s catfish award

Even before the Bassmaster Elite Series season finale began last week, Kevin VanDam garnered an award.

Presented by the mayor of host city Decatur, Ala., Don Stanford, the paper certificate was titled: “1st Annual KVD Pre-Fish Award for Largest Catfish.”

VanDam had boated a behemoth catfish on Wheeler Lake during practice. Pundit weight estimates on the cat ranged from an optimistic 90 to a more likely 45 pounds — still plenty of fish to heave over the gunnels.