Each morning, ESPN Outdoors reporter David A. Brown joins one of the Bassmaster Classic anglers on their drive from the boatyard in downtown Birmingham to the launch site at Lay Lake. Today's host: Kevin VanDam.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — One of the basic rules of recreational fishing is that you shouldn't leave fish to find fish. However, in a tournament scenario, anglers are often tempted to do just that with the intent of "saving" fish for subsequent days.
That will not be the case for Kevin VanDam, who leads the field of 51 anglers going into day two of the Bassmaster Classic on Lay Lake. Yesterday, VanDam enjoyed the fruits of his pre-tournament planning, as he found a bunch of active fish in a small bay off Beeswax Creek — not even a mile from the launch site. Employing his trademark power fishing tactics, VanDam sacked up a limit weighing 19 pounds, 8 ounces.