See the top 12 head out on the final day of the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake.
Kevin VanDam is on the board with his first keeper. A 1 1/2-pounder caught on a jerkbait. And just like that he puts No. 2 in the livewell, about the same size as the first one.
Just like that Davis is on the board. The fish is a carbon copy of those from yesterday. Probably 1 1/2 pounds. But it goes in the box.
As the Day 3 leader, Mike McClelland took off first this morning. He shut down just past the Kimberling City bridge and caught a 2-pounder — not on the jinxing first cast — but shortly afterward, on a swimbait. James Overstreet and I have a special guest with us today, Mike McClelland's 16-year-old stepson, Noah West. He's a photographer, who hopes to pick up a tip or two from Overstreet today. I, on the other hand, don't have a prayer of learning anything from JO today or any other day. I done spent too much with him.
Day 4 of Table Rock is starting much warmer than Day 3 when it was 27 degrees. Today it's 43 and balmy by comparison. We had a brisk 15 minute ride, reaching a top speed of 62 mph, following Kevin VanDam to his first spot in the Indian Point area.
We are sitting off the White River in the Baxter area of the lake waiting on Mark Davis. He started here yesterday and caught a limit pretty quick. And then he just kept catching them. He's got a really neat thing going on and it's producing a lot of bites. We will get more on that later. Meanwhile, Davis just showed up. Let the catching commence.
Bassmaster.com photographer Darren Jacobson and I are following Kevin VanDam today. He just caught his first fish and tossed it back into the waters of Table Rock. "VanDam is ripping that jerk bait faster than anyone I've ever seen," said Jacobson. "He's fishing it like he does in the Great Lakes. A lot of the other guys are fishing much slower."
Kevin VanDam is guaranteed his best Elite Series finish since March 2012 when he was 8th at Lake Okeechobee. He had the daily big bass for the first time since June 2012 (Toledo Bend) and the heaviest catch of the day for the first time since March 2011 (Harris Chain). He has not finished in the Top 3 since June 2011.