He came into today's competition in 30th place. That doesn't sound that impressive, especially for the greatest bass angler of all-time, but it sets another Elite Series record. Kevin VanDam has now made the first cut (top 50) in 25 consecutive tournaments. After Day 1, it didn't look like it was going to be easy. KVD was in 53rd place. But a solid charge on Day 2 moved him up 23 places and safely inside the first cut.
Submitted by Bassmaster Marshal Kenny Yarnell
Shaw Grigsby turns 57 today. One of the things that keeps him so full of energy? Iced tea!
Bobby Lane just caught his fifth keeper of the day. It was one he'd like to cull later, but it was a keeper. The way this water is changing, you don't take anything for granted. You might catch them better as the day goes on, or you might not.
It was obvious at the Cooters Pond takeoff site that the water was dropping big time. But we just saw another example. Bobby Lane was crossing to the other side of the old bridge in Wetumpka when his prop hit a rock. "There was five feet of water there yesterday," Lane said. "The trees I was fishing yesterday are four feet up on the bank today." You can see the water line on this bridge pier and get an idea of the falling water as well.
Still fishing with a painful rib injury KVD increased his creel to nearly 5 pounds on 2 fish.
How tough is it to be consistently good at the Elite level? Very, very tough. Just five tournaments into the season, only five anglers have made the first cut (top 50) in every event. Not surprisingly, they’re all doing very well in the AOY race. Alphabetically, here are the anglers who have made every first cut in 2013: Edwin Evers (1st in AOY) Ish Monroe (6th) Matt Reed (15th) Skeet Reese (3rd) Kevin VanDam (2nd)
It's a new day in bass fishing when even the Marshals have fans. This is Carol Welch, Dillan Baldwin and Bruce Welch. Carol sister Lisa Cox is Jared Miller's Marshal today. So they are up here watching her (and Jared too). They live in Prattville. Lisa lives in the Pensacola, Fla. area.