To put Kevin VanDam's streak of 29 straight Top 50 finishes in perspective, we're halfway through three tournaments this year and only 11 anglers have finished in the Top 50 all three times. Twenty (20) others have missed every cut this year, and two anglers have yet to earn an AOY point (haven't finished in the top 100). Among the anglers who have missed every cut so far this year are 2014 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers Jonathon VanDam, Greg Vinson, and Chris Zaldain.
Though he lost his consecutive Top 50 streak at the St. Johns River (29 straight), Kevin VanDam has the longest current streak of limit catches in the Elite Series at 29 (through Day 3 at Table Rock). He's slightly more than halfway to the record (57) ... also by KVD.
B.A.S.S. photographer Darren Jacobson catches up with Kevin VanDam on the final day of A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake.
Mark Davis squeezed every last second of his fishing time and is now on his way back. These minutes of every event are alway mysterious. Things can happen quickly and there's no time to really find out who caught what or anything. Either way, this weigh in promises to be one for the ages.
Mike McClelland has worked his way back down the White River arm of the lake to Kimberling City, near where he started this morning. The clock is ticking louder by the second. At 2:34 he said he figures he's got "about 14 minutes" left to fish before he heads back to the check in site at Table Rock State Park.
We'll be running the live stream today, First Look with Davy Hite, at 2:55 central. Davy will be interviewing the top 12 anglers as they come off the water. He'll give us the first look at how their day has unfolded. Check the homepage for the link.
Just got word from VanDam's cameraman that KVD just boated a 4-plus and he now has about 16 pounds or more. Just how much more won't be known until they hit the scales. But if it's close then we have a virtual tie with three anglers. But KVD may have the advantage. It's hard to say at this point but it makes the outcome worth watching: three giants going head to head, ounce for ounce.
We just made what is probably our last move of the day. We are back where we started. Mark Davis mentioned earlier that he had gotten too close to his sweet spot when he made his last big cull. It's my guess this is Davis' last effort at boating the 5-pound-plus fish he needs. When we left Big Creek and hit the White River on our way here, Mike McClelland was on his way down river as well. Pretty cool watching the two leaders converge in the same place.