Topics: 2012 Elite Series - All-Star Semi-final

Scramble time for the All-Stars

Sep 20, 2012

Steve Bowman, ever the analyst in these bass wars, notes that crunch time in this tournament day has arrived. We've seen about half the field go by in the last few minutes. They don't know what the others in the game have in their livewells, but it's obvious they're all disappointed in their catches. Some have said as much. They're stopping briefly on points and creek mouths, hoping for a good bite in all the obvious places.  

KVD scores again

Sep 20, 2012

We're almost to the point where Kevin VanDam should pay Steve Bowman and me to linger near him. After visiting other anglers the last hour, we stopped in on him again, just in time for him to catch a keeper. His second fish -- which joined the 2 3/4-pounder we saw him catch earlier -- should give him about 4 pounds for two bass. His expression is not so dour as earlier.   VanDam was throwing a spinnerbait along a woody point. His bigger fish came on a crankbait he worked over a long, underwater point not far down the lake from here.

Swindle is cranking points

Sep 20, 2012

Just caught up with the G-Man, Gerald Swindle, whose lone 3 3/4-pound bass puts him in fifth, unofficially. Swindle is bouncing around the lake, looking for keeper No. 2. He cranked a main lake point briefly, then left. "This place is on fire," he said, a bit sarcastically.

Martens makes his move

Sep 20, 2012

The Natural is at it again.

Ott moves on

Sep 20, 2012

Ott DeFoe, the presumed leader so far on Day One of the Toyota Trucks All-Star competition on Lake Shelbyville, just passed us on the way out of Coon Creek, where he put together a formidable limit. We're not sure what his 11 pounds and change came on, but he's been mixing things up with a jig, a topwater, a spinnerbait and a crankbait. All have been targeted at wood.

Evers fishes wide open

Sep 20, 2012

I've followed Edwin Evers several times in tournaments and am always amazed at how hard he fishes.

Don't doubt DeFoe

Sep 20, 2012

Remind me never to doubt the angling acumen of Ott DeFoe.

Oh baby, it’s tough

Sep 20, 2012

There are a lot of nervous unknowns surrounding the start of Bassmaster Elite Series Toyota Trucks A

The usual suspects

Sep 20, 2012

If you haven’t glanced at BASSTrakk recently, you may be surprised to know that Ott DeFoe and Edwin

KVD climbs the leaderboard

Sep 20, 2012

Kevin VanDam is the picture of concentration as he cranks a deep point on Lake Shelbyville, hunting

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