2007 Bassmaster Elite Series: Kevin VanDam Wins

With less than an hour remaining in the final day of competition, Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., boated two keeper fish on back-to-back casts. The weight of those two fish was enough to bring him victory on Sunday at the Blue Ridge Brawl presented by Adva

Kevin Vandam wins

Editor's Note: Bassmaster Elite Series fans have the opportunity to visit www.ESPNOutdoors.com/hottestrig and vote for their favorite Elite angler's boat designs in the Hottest Rig Running contest. Fans can vote each week until the winner is announced July 29 at the Bassmaster Memorial presented by Evan Williams Bourbon in Syracuse, N.Y. The winner of the contest will receive $10,000

 Final Results: Pros | Co-Anglers

 GROVE, Okla. — Scoring his second Bassmaster Elite Series victory of 2007, Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., totaled 78 pounds, 2 ounces, over four days of competition at the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco, outdoing home state favorite Jeff Kriet of Ardmore by nearly 4 pounds.

 With the victory, VanDam's 12th, he adds $100,000 to his career earnings of nearly $2.5 million, which makes him BASS' all-time money leader. The victory also propelled VanDam to the top of the standings for Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, one of the most prestigious awards in the sport.Fishing fans can view all of the on-the-water action on The Bassmasters on ESPN2 at 9 a.m. ET Saturday, June 30.VanDam joins 2006 Sooner Run champion Mike McClelland of Bella Vista, Ark., the only other two-time Elite Series winner. Coincidentally, VanDam, whose other Elite win this season came on Alabama's Lake Guntersville, predominantly used the same lure, a Strike King crankbait, in both Elite wins."I have had a couple of mediocre tournaments this year and that really motivates me to do well," the 39-year-old said. "Fishing against this level of competition really fuels my competitive nature. Once you get the taste of victory, you want nothing else."Concentrating on main lake and secondary points with the crankbait, VanDam did well early, boating two keeper bass in the morning. As is his customary style, the two-time Bassmaster Classic champion moved frenetically around the lake.He concentrated on depths of 4 feet to as deep as 15 feet. The key, he said, was to locate points that were unique and to thoroughly work his spots with a number of casts."Persistence was the key," VanDam said. "I had confidence in my spots, and although I moved around a lot I was thorough in my approach."

 After a tremendous Saturday, in which Kriet weighed the biggest limit of the tournament, the Oklahoman slipped to second with a sub-par final day of 14 pounds, 8 ounces. He failed to notch his first Elite victory and second BASS victory, but did move up from sixth to fourth in the Angler of the Year standings.

 Primarily working Carolina-rigs and swimbaits on picturesque Grand, Kriet failed Sunday to entice the big bites he enjoyed Saturday."I don't feel like I did anything wrong execution-wise," the 38-year-old said. "It was a great week. My day is going to come soon. I am going to win one of these events soon. Mark my words."

 Fellow Oklahoman Edwin Evers, of Talala, finished third, just ounces behind Kriet with 73 pounds, 7 ounces. In fourth was Kevin Short of Mayflower, Ark., with 72 pounds, 7 ounces. Tied for fifth with 70 pounds, 11 ounces were Davy Hite of Prosperity, S.C., and Kelly Jordon of Mineola, Texas.Marty Robinson, who entered the day in third, slipped to seventh with 69 pounds, 0 ounces. McClelland, the 2006 Sooner Run champion, finished 11th with 66 pounds, 14 ounces.The next Bassmaster Elite Series tournament is July 12-15 on Lake Champlain out of Plattsburgh, N.Y.

 Fishing fans can watch live, streaming video of all Elite Series weigh-ins at www.ESPNOutdoors.com. On Sunday, fans can also monitor www.ESPNOutdoors.com throughout the day for live updates and Hooked Up with Tommy Sanders and ESPN Outdoors personality Mark Zona.

 Day 4 Purolator Big Bass

 Pro: Edwin Evers; Talala, Okla.; 5-13

 

 

Location and Field

 

Sooner Run presented by Longhorn — Bassmaster Elite Series

 

Grand Lake

 

Grove, Okla.

 

June 21-24

 

 

Field

 

108 pros, 108 co-anglers

 

Cut to top 50 after Day 2

 

Cut to top 12 pro anglers after Day 3

 

 

Launch

 

North Beach Development

 

61201 East 270 Rd.

 

Grove, OK

 

 

Weigh-in

 

North Beach Development

 

61201 East 270 Rd.

 

Grove, OK

 

 

Local sponsors: Local sponsors include Grand Lake Association.

 

 

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, Evan Williams Bourbon and Costa Del Mar.

 

 

For more information, contact BASS Communications at (407) 566-2208 or visit www.bassmaster.com. Visit www.espnmediazone.com for ESPN's latest releases, schedules and other news, plus photos, video and audio clips and more.

 

 

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BASS stages bass fishing tournaments for every skill level and culminates with the Bassmaster Classic. Through its clubs, youth programs, aquatic resource advocacy, magazine publishing and multimedia platforms, BASS offers the industry's widest array of services and support to its nearly 530,000 members. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.

 

 

 

 

2007 The Sooner Run 6/21-6/24

 

Grand Lake, Grove  OK.

 

(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 4

 

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

 

1.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           20  78-02  315 $101,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   21-11     Day 2: 5   21-08     Day 3: 5   16-03     Day 4: 5   18-12   

 

2.  Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             20  74-05  300  $39,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   19-00     Day 2: 5   16-02     Day 3: 5   24-11     Day 4: 5   14-08   

 

3.  Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              20  73-07  290  $27,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   18-04     Day 2: 5   19-09     Day 3: 5   13-10     Day 4: 5   22-00   

 

4.  Kevin Short            Mayflower, AR           20  72-07  285  $19,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   17-10     Day 2: 5   16-12     Day 3: 5   21-08     Day 4: 5   16-09   

 

5.  Kelly Jordon           Mineola, TX             20  70-11  278  $17,250.00

 

Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   22-05     Day 3: 5   16-01     Day 4: 5   20-10   

 

5.  Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC          20  70-11  278  $17,250.00

 

Day 1: 5   17-07     Day 2: 5   19-01     Day 3: 5   16-11     Day 4: 5   17-08   

 

7.  Marty Robinson         Landrum, SC             19  69-00  272  $15,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   20-00     Day 2: 5   20-05     Day 3: 5   17-12     Day 4: 4   10-15   

 

8.  Boyd Duckett           Demopolis, AL           20  67-14  268  $14,500.00

 

Day 1: 5   17-07     Day 2: 5   19-06     Day 3: 5   15-07     Day 4: 5   15-10   

 

9.  Timmy Horton           Muscle Shoals, AL       20  67-06  264  $14,000.00

 

Day 1: 5   18-06     Day 2: 5   16-07     Day 3: 5   18-02     Day 4: 5   14-07   

 

10. Matt Reed              Madisonville, TX        20  66-15  260  $13,500.00

 

Day 1: 5   15-08     Day 2: 5   19-12     Day 3: 5   15-08     Day 4: 5   16-03   

 

11. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         20  66-14  257  $12,500.00

 

Day 1: 5   17-15     Day 2: 5   18-11     Day 3: 5   13-05     Day 4: 5   16-15   

 

12. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL           20  65-15  254  $12,300.00

 

Day 1: 5   18-09     Day 2: 5   14-13     Day 3: 5   16-01     Day 4: 5   16-08   

 

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PUROLATOR BIG BASS 

 

Day

 

1   Aaron Martens            Leeds, AL           05-14      $1,000.00

 

2   Davy Hite                Ninety Six, SC      06-04      $1,000.00

 

3   Kevin Short              Mayflower, AR       06-02      $1,000.00

 

4   Edwin Evers              Talala, OK          05-13      $1,000.00

 

PUROLATOR BIG BASS OF TOURN

 

Jerry Mcvey              Stewartsville, MO   06-11      $1,000.00

 

BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT 

 

Day

 

1   Kevin VanDam             Kalamazoo, MI       21-11      $1,000.00

 

2   Kelly Jordon             Mineola, TX         22-05      $1,000.00

 

3   Jeff Kriet               Ardmore, OK         24-11      $1,000.00

 

4   Edwin Evers              Talala, OK          22-00      $1,000.00

 

BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT OF TOURN

 

Jeff Kriet               Ardmore, OK         24-11      $8,000.00

 

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Totals

 

Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight

 

1       102       528      1480-02

 

2        97       520      1449-13

 

3        46       244       693-03

 

4        11        59       200-09

 

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256      1351      3823-11

 

TOYOTA TUNDRA BASSMASTER ANGLER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS

 

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Place  Name               St            Pts

 

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1 Kevin VanDam          Mich.        1775

 

2 Skeet Reese           Calif.       1713

 

3 Jared Lintner         Calif.       1670

 

4 Jeff Kriet            Okla.        1638

 

5 Terry Scroggins       Fla.         1581

 

5 Ishama Monroe         Calif.       1581

 

7 Derek Remitz          Texas        1527

 

8 Aaron Martens         Ala.         1513

 

9 Kelly Jordon          Texas        1504

 

10 Casey Ashley          S.C.         1447

 

11 Fred Roumbanis        Calif.       1446

 

12 Chris Lane            Fla.         1445

 

13 Steve Kennedy         Ala.         1442

 

14 Scott Rook            Ark.         1430

 

15 Stephen Browning      Ark.         1425

 

15 Timmy Horton          Ala.         1425

 

17 John Crews            Va.          1420

 

18 Mike McClelland       Ark.         1417

 

19 Michael Iaconelli     N.J.         1396

 

20 Edwin Evers           Okla.        1394

 

21 Peter Thliveros       Fla.         1393

 

22 Mark Tyler            Okla.        1382

 

23 Todd Faircloth        Texas        1379

 

24 John Murray           Ariz.        1374

 

25 Tommy Biffle          Okla.        1370

 

26 Boyd Duckett          Ala.         1352

 

27 Kevin Short           Ark.         1351

 

28 Alton Jones           Texas        1345

 

29 Gary Klein            Texas        1340

 

30 Dean Rojas            Texas        1339

 

31 Morizo Shimizu        Calif.       1338

 

32 Gerald Swindle        Ala.         1336

 

33 Jeff Reynolds         Okla.        1335

 

34 Greg Hackney          La.          1325

 

35 Kevin Wirth           Ky.          1319

 

36 Davy Hite             S.C.         1316

 

37 Mark Menendez         Ky.          1309

 

38 Brent Chapman         Kan.         1301

 

39 Jason Quinn           S.C.         1285

 

39 Bryan Hudgins         Fla.         1285

 

41 Takahiro Omori        Texas        1282

 

42 Randy Howell          Ala.         1246

 

43 Denny Brauer          Mo.          1243

 

44 Pete Ponds            Miss.        1242

 

45 Cliff Pace            Miss.        1239

 

46 Brian Snowden         Mo.          1237

 

47 Mark Tucker           Mo.          1229

 

48 Scott Campbell        Mo.          1213

 

49 Jason Williamson      S.C.         1210

 

50 Russ Lane             Ala.         1206

 

51 Dave Wolak            N.C.         1204

 

52 Shaw Grigsby, Jr      Fla.         1203

 

53 Paul Elias            Miss.        1193

 

54 Matt Reed             Texas        1184

 

55 Ray Sedgwick          S.C.         1179

 

56 Ben Matsubu           Texas        1174

 

57 Marty Robinson        S.C.         1173

 

58 Matthew Sphar         N.Y.         1172

 

59 James Niggemeyer      Texas        1171

 

60 Mike Wurm             Ark.         1149

 

61 Kotaro Kiriyama       Ala.         1144

 

62 Ken Brodeur           Conn.        1142

 

63 Bill Lowen            Ohio         1139

 

64 Lee Bailey            Ala.         1134

 

65 Yusuke Miyazaki       Texas        1119

 

66 Britt Myers           S.C.         1117

 

67 Kenyon Hill           Okla.        1105

 

68 Bernie Schultz        Fla.         1097

 

69 Jimmy Mize            Ark.         1088

 

70 Rick Morris           Va.          1077

 

71 Jeremy Starks         W.Va.        1069

 

72 Ken Cook              Okla.        1060

 

73 Greg Gutierrez        Calif.       1052

 

74 Zell Rowland          Texas        1046

 

75 Jim Murray            Ga.          1045

 

76 Marty Stone           N.C.         1038

 

77 Rick Clunn            Mo.          1034

 

78 James Charlesworth    Fla.         1027

 

79 Kurt Dove             Va.          1022

 

80 James Kennedy         La.          1017

 

81 Grant Goldbeck        Md.          1011

 

82 Kevin Langill         N.C.         1010

 

83 Bradley Hallman       Okla.         992

 

84 Bill Smith            Ky.           966

 

85 Jeff Connella         La.           965

 

86 Jami Fralick          S.D.          955

 

87 Glenn Delong          Ohio          954

 

88 Guy Eaker             N.C.          944

 

89 Preston Clark         Fla.          919

 

90 Charlie Hartley       Ohio          904

 

90 Mark Rogers           Fla.          904

 

92 Paul Hirosky          Pa.           902

 

93 Matt Amedeo           Ohio          876

 

94 Jimmy Mason           Ala.          874

 

95 Darrin Schwenkbeck    N.Y.          873

 

96 Bradley Stringer      Texas         871

 

97 Dave Smith            Okla.         845

 

98 Eric Nethery          Ga.           836

 

99 Doc Merkin            Ill.          824

 

100 Terry Butcher         Okla.         817

 

101 Steve Daniel          Fla.          813

 

102 Keith Phillips        Ala.          807

 

103 Byron Velvick         Texas         787

 

104 Jon Bondy             Canada        779

 

105 Rick Ash              Pa.           744

 

106 Charlie Youngers      Fla.          741

 

107 Frank Scalish         Ohio          739

 

108 Elton Luce Jr         Texas         525

 

TOYOTA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGS 

 

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Place  Name               St            Pts

 

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1 Derek Remitz          Texas        1527

 

2 Casey Ashley          S.C.         1447

 

3 Bryan Hudgins         Fla.         1285

 

4 Scott Campbell        Mo.          1213

 

5 Jason Williamson      S.C.         1210

 

6 Marty Robinson        S.C.         1173

 

7 Matthew Sphar         N.Y.         1172

 

8 James Niggemeyer      Texas        1171

 

9 James Charlesworth    Fla.         1027

 

10 James Kennedy         La.          1017

 

11 Glenn Delong          Ohio          954

 

12 Matt Amedeo           Ohio          876

 

TOYOTA MOVING FORWARD AWARD

 

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Place  Name               2006 Finish   2007 Standings

 

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1 Fred Roumbanis            69            11

 

2 Chris Lane                61            12

 

3 Mark Tyler                64            22

 

4 Kevin Short               67            27

 

5 Pete Ponds                83            44

 

6 Ken Brodeur               98            62

 

7 Scott Rook                47            14

 

8 Ishama Monroe             37             5

 

9 Mark Menendez             68            37

 

10 Stephen Browning          45            15

 

11 Jeff Kriet                33             4

 

12 Terry Scroggins           31             5

 

13 Morizo Shimizu            48            31

 

14 Timmy Horton              30            15

 

14 Jared Lintner             18             3

 

16 Rick Morris               81            70

 

17 Britt Myers               76            66

 

18 Mark Rogers               99            90

 

19 Brian Snowden             54            46

 

20 Grant Goldbeck            88            81

 

20 Gary Klein                36            29

 

22 Skeet Reese                7             2

 

23 Davy Hite                 40            36

 

23 Mike McClelland           22            18

 

25 Kurt Dove                 82            79

 

25 John Crews                20            17

 

25 Brent Chapman             41            38

 

28 Kevin VanDam               3             1

 

29 Ray Sedgwick              56            55

 

29 Kelly Jordon              10             9

 

29 Ken D Cook                73            72

 

BERKLEY HEAVYWEIGHT REPORT

 

Place Name                                         Lbs-Ozs

 

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1 Kevin VanDam                                 268-14    

 

2 Derek Remitz                                 249-04    

 

3 Jared Lintner                                247-04    

 

4 Skeet Reese                                  241-06    

 

5 Aaron Martens                                239-06    

 

6 Terry Scroggins                              239-00    

 

7 Ishama Monroe                                236-08    

 

8 Jeff Kriet                                   234-14    

 

9 Fred Roumbanis                               231-13    

 

10 Mark Tyler                                   228-07    

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