Bassmaster Elite Series pros once again mopped up on bonuses.
Jonathon VanDam won two bonuses at the Diamond Drive. One for $3,000 comes through the Toyota Bonus Bucks contingency program that awards the two highest finishers (among those eligible). His second bonus was $500 from Berkley for weighing the Berkley Big Bass of the Tournament, a 5-0 on Day 3.
Tim Horton will collect $2,000 in Toyota Bonus Bucks. Eighth in the Diamond Drive, he was the second-highest finisher enrolled in the Toyota program.
Kevin VanDam won a $1,000 bonus for leading the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race after the Diamond Drive. A six-time AOY winner, VanDam is leading the race for the first time this season after starting out in fourth place, then hovering in third and second place.
Diamond Drive winner Denny Brauer landed an extra $1,000 from Power-Pole through its Captain’s Cash program.
On stage at the Diamond Drive, three commemorative bonus checks were presented for awards earned on Lake Murray at the previous Elite Series event. Terry Scroggins got the $1,000 award from Toyota for leading the points race after the Murray competition. Casey Ashley won $1,000 in Power-Pole Captain’s Cash. Jami Fralick took the $500 Berkley bonus for the Lake Murray event’s biggest bass, a 6-9.