After making a run way north, Kevin VanDam has slowly worked his way back down the lake and is now about 5 minutes away from Paris Landing. I count about 17 spectator boats at the moment.
Edwin Evers is singularly focused during competition and rather secretive. -- Steve Bowman photo Edwin Evers isn’t one to give away his secrets, and he can seem a touch distant in interviews. The LIVE crew discussed his tournament demeanor, which might be misunderstood. He's a great guy, they agree, but you won't get many details from him until an event is done. Dave Mercer said he pointedly asked Evers what he has done to lead BASSfest. He didn’t get much.
Cell service on Kentucky Lake is extremely spotty. Which means BASSTrakk updates are landing on the site at odd times, or not at all. And with cameramen running BASSTrakk on the leader's boats, those guys have their hands full shooting the LIVE Show. Which all adds up to us questioning some of the BASStrakk data. It is showing Edwin Evers with 14-9. We believe he has a minimum of 17 pounds. Maybe as much as 18.
We've watched Edwin Evers for several days now on Kentucky Lake, and Steve Bowman spent time in the boat with him yesterday. So we've developed some assumptions on how he's catching bass. Be sure to pay attention to the word "assumptions" because there's a little guesswork involved here.
It's Sunday on Kentucky Lake and Kevin VanDam is in the hunt. What more could local fans ask for? Of course KVD has an abundance of followers. He has had a very good day, but he will need it to be great to have a come-from-behind win. We are staying near him for now to see what happens. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Lauri Lopp
Elite Series pro David Williams is out here with his dad, Gerald, watching Edwin Evers fish, enjoying the drama just like the rest of the spectator boats. This week was his first time fishing Kentucky Lake. "I didn't do well at all," he said. "Could never figure out ledge fishing."
If I'm Edwin Evers I'm probably not real excited about 20-plus boats following me around. But that's part of leading a tournament, and part of being a well-known Elite angler. And when you think about it, these fans are paying his bills, and mine as well. Evers is handling the extra attention like a pro. He's moving around quite a bit, fishing six different spots so far. Each time he moves he tells the fans where he's headed.
Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders prep to go LIVE. The Bassmaster LIVE crew is preparing to go, as hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona say, Liiiive. While there’s been some great moments the past two days, the spotty cell coverage on Kentucky Lake has the staff worried about how much fishing action they’ll actually be able to show. Leader Edwin Evers, who made his LIVE debut at Lake Havasu, said the new feature to Bassmaster.com is exciting.
Brandon Lester waited a while for his fifth fish, but it was a good one. With a 4-pounder, Lester should have close to 15 pounds now as he starts looking to cull.