He says it's been slow unlike most of his days. So much pressure has been on this lake this week that it is undoubtedly affecting the bite for some anglers.
Kevin VanDam doesn't much care for Saturdays during a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at Kentucky Lake. That goes a long way in explaining his worst day of the tournament, a 19-12 bag Saturday after weighing 23-9 and 24-5 the first two days of BASSfest.
Brandon Lester just added another 2- to 3-pound keeper to push his total weight to about 10 or 11 pounds. Now he needs one more for a limit.
Team Bowman and Sexton are down river from Turkey Creek covering Edwin Evers. There's more wind today putting ripples on the water. Five to 10 miles an hour coming from the southeast. The wisdom in our boat is that will improve the fishing. Time will tell.
Edwin Evers just caught bass No. 6. It looked like a 3-pounder, which means he culled up nearly a pound. By our estimate that give him 17 pounds. We're watching closely to see if that fish fired up a school.
After an hour without a bite, Brandon Lester finally hooked up again. But the fish came off right at the boat. They're not always easy to land when you're finesse fishing with lighter tackle.
Kevin VanDam wasn't in the best of moods after weighing-in Saturday. His worst day of the tournament - 19-12 - dropped him from second place to sixth, 4-10 behind Edwin Evers. But he did sound a note of optimism, competitive optimism. "I guess I'm happy about being up there in the top 12," he said. "But I'm going to have a big day tomorrow and make 'em nervous at least."
We left McCaghren and found Andy Montgomery not far from takeoff. He says a lot of schools are scattered this morning like McCaghren said. Although he has a limit he said it's not one he wants to weigh in. I've seen him throw a crankbait, swimbait and a dropshot in the couple minutes we have been here.
Billy McCaghren boated a 3 to 4-pounder just as we were about to leave. He caught it on a big worm. His schools are still scattered for the most part.
VanDam with a limit. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Lauri Lopp