For Elite anglers, the tour can be grueling. Long days of fishing, preparation and travel. For Jonathan VanDam, 5-Hour ENERGY is one of his secret weapons. "I usually start the day with one. And then I'll have one in the afternoon," he says. "They're great. Gives me more awareness. I don't feel jittery. And there's no sugar crash."
Keith Combs just fished down the bank where the All-Stars launched this morning. The big American flag at Heritage Landing shows the lack of wind today. Combs hasn't burned much gas and neither has Gerald Swindle, who is back on the spot he trolled over to and caught two fish first thing this morning. Combs has three small fish. We haven't checked with Swindle yet.
Fisherman's Landing is the place where most tournaments are held on Lake Muskegon, according to our boat driver Mike Elkins, who resides in Kalamazoo and fishes here often. Because of that, Fisherman's Landing is often off-limits for local tournaments. But it's not for this one.
Slow morning with a few short fish and a couple of near misses with some big salmon. Lane has one smallie in the box. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Bret Hoeksema.
Lake Muskegon is 4,150 acres in size, and basically runs east to west. It is fed by the Muskegon River and flows into Lake Michigan. Photographer Darren Jacobsen, boat driver Mike Elkins and I are concentrating on the east end, where we've been observing Edwin Evers and Cliff Pace work the twin river channels formed by the river. We haven't seen them catch anything.
I'm in Muskegon, Mich., right now for Toyota All-Star Week, and it's exciting.