Kevin VanDam has moved back up the lake to the area just outside Fisherman's Landing. He caught a short fish on a jerkbait, then five minutes later he added a keeper from the same spot. Keith Combs is right here too, working a weedline next to the bank. Chris Zaldain is within sight as well. VanDam just did something you rarely see him do: He waved for his entourage of observer boats to stay back. He must think there's some potential in this area.
We've caught up with Brandon Palaniuk. That's him fishing amongst the sailboats. Brandon has not caught a fish yet today. We tried to talk him into fishing for salmon, of which there are many in this lake. "No, I've got a job to do," he laughed. "I got voted in (by the fans). So I need to get to work before they fire me. It's a good thing they locked us into this lake or I'd probably be out on Lake Michigan headed up to Traverse City."
KVD is fishing near a little marina and has a flotilla of spectators following him. I counted 13 boats. Hank Cherry is fishing nearby and has one spectator boat following him. That's the difference between Rookie of the Year and the guy who has won Angler of the Year seven times.
"He believes he may have something going now," says his marshal.
We asked 3 of the most popular Bassmaster Elite Series pros at Toyota All-Star week 5 quick questions.
We've moved down the lake a bit to Bear Lake Channel where Kevin VanDam has his usual 15-boat entourage. Observers said KVD caught one fish in a ditch that runs along the bank near the channel. He fished into the channel a bit and is now working his way around the point. VanDam has been throwing a jerkbait and a crankbait. Lake Muskegon is only an hour and 15-minute drive from VanDam's home in Kalamazoo, Aaron Martens has dubbed this event The Kevin VanDam Tournament.
You can feel the changes starting to take place on Muskegon. We've spent the best part of the morning upper end following virtually everyone. Most are shallow and there is a fish here and a fish there being caught. Then, about 30 minutes ago, it seemed as if the anglers started filtering down the lake toward Lake Michigan. It's not a long run either. You can see one end from the other.
B.A.S.S. photographer Darren Jacobson caught up with Kevin VanDam early on Day One in Bear Lake Channel.
Fish no. 3 for Bobby Lane. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Bret Hoeksema.