Kevin VanDam will scratch and claw to get to the Top 12 every week and on the rare occasions when he doesn't make it to Sunday, heaven help anyone who gets in his way at the next event.
James Niggemeyer, Jeff Connella and Skeet Reese each acknowledged that it would take a superhuman effort to erase Kevin VanDam's nearly 7-pound lead.
Follow your favorite Elite pro on the day four launch of the 2009 Blue Ridge Brawl. The 2009 Blue Ridge Brawl was held on Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.
If there was a technique Kevin VanDam hasn't quite mastered, most would agree that sight-fishing would be it.
Coming out of practice, Steve Kennedy had located both sight fish and swimbait fish. He chose to target the swimbait fish first, but struggled because the cold nights had pushed them down.
After two days of 100 Elite Series anglers picking over the bedding bass on Smith Mountain Lake, many experienced disappointment when few remained on Day Three.
A number of circumstances, both natural and man-made, conspired to keep some of the anglers from seeing their finned quarry.
Heading into the third day of competition, five of the top twelve anglers in the standings were either born in California, raised there, or at some point called it home.
It's like Groundhog Day, a broken record and déjà vu all over again rolled up into one.
"The whole thing was humiliating," Swindle said. "I had the trolling motor on high and the boat was swinging around while I was fishing a dock on my tip toes from the front of the boat, looking for fish. The boat hit the dock and I did a front flip, X-Games style off the front deck into the water."