Chip Porche just landed his 1st keeper -- a 3 1/2-pound smallmouth -- after a long fight. Photo by Blake Arkwood.
We start to idle away from KVD when he sets the hook with his long baitcasting rod. He's into a good bass and takes his time with it. After working the bass at boatside for awhile, he swings what looks to be a 4-pounder over the side with his rod. The bass is quickly fixed to a culling float and dropped into his livewell. We move a quarter mile or so to where JVD is fishing. He's drop shot fishing and has four in the box. Two of them will go 4 pounds. "They look terrible," JVD says.
Here's a tiny shot of the defending Bassmaster Classic champion, Cliff Pace. Photo by Brayton Edlin.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Ryan Newman and Bassmaster Elite Series star Kevin VanDam teamed up in the Fourth Annual Fish Your Bass Off (FYBO) tournament to help a local charity, Aug. 15 at Wamplers Lake, right before the Elite Series event in nearby Detroit.
Stephen Browning's second keeper of the day is reportedly a good one.
We've been watching KVD casting and winding for several minutes without a fish. That doesn't seem right, given that he's the No. 1 bass angler fishing the No. 1 bass lake in the country.
Dennis had to measure his second keeper. Said it's the smallest fish he's caught all week, even though it's a 14-1/2" smallie. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Trait Crist.
DeFoe is culling again! He had one of the first limits of the day and has already culled twice.
It's still early, but Williamson is already closing in on a limit.