After losing four good fish, including one estimated at around 6 pounds, Jonathon VanDam just landed a 5-pounder.
Wow! Jonathon VanDam just broke off another giant. He has this school of fish activated, but he is having terrible luck. He has now lost about 10 pounds of bass. He has 5 pounds in the box.
The other race heating up is the battle to qualify for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. It's a race to accumulate enough points to grab one of about 36 spots that will go to the Elite Series anglers. It's going to take something in the neighborhood of 448 AOY points to finish in the top 36 and get a berth in the Classic. That means anyone currently ranked lower than about 54th needs to win the Oneida finale if they want to fish for $500,000 next February. They're going to have to go for broke.
Jonathon VanDam just lost a 6-pounder. It would have been only his second fish.
Finally, Jonathon VanDam has a fish in the boat, and the 3 1/2-pounder has restored his confidence.
Jonathan VanDam has continued to see a wad of big fish. He made the comment that he doesn't even know what to throw at them anymore. Shortly after, he hooked up with a big one, but it was the wrong species. Then he scored his first bass of the day, a 3 1/2-pound smallmouth, to put him back in the game. He said there were several bigger smallmouth with it.
We've received a few on-the-water updates concerning three of today's finalists:
Jonathon VanDam just said he has seen a dozen 4- and 5-pound fish swim by his boat. But it's too calm. The fish are very spooky. At least he knows that he is around big ones.
While we were videoing Jonathon VanDam, the phone rang. It was Kevin VanDam asking if JVD had gone to fish in the harbor where the water was clearer. It needs to be emphasized that Kevin is working with us in the War Room today, and cannot offer any advice to his nephew, or anyone else in the field for that matter. Kevin simply wanted to know where Jonathan had been fishing Sunday morning. No competitor can talk to anyone while on the water except B.A.S.S. officials.