A little over an hour and a half into the day, and KVD looks to be in search and destroy mode. He started the day fishing the pier head where he boated five or six fish, three of those were keepers and went in the box. All those fish came on a jerkbait. Now he has run across the lake to the no wake zone and is cycling through a few different baits (jig, spinnerbait, jerkbait and topwater) in search of the right one.
Talking to some of the spectators, White Lake is the destination lake for tourneys in the area. If a derby takes out of Muskegon, this is where the sticks head. If it takes out of anywhere close enough, guys will head this way. Jonathon VanDam said he had a run of eight straight events scattered around the Lake Michigan area where he caught the big bass in each of those events from White Lake. No big uns yet, but evidently we are in God's country for an angler, or at least we can see it from where we are sitting.
This morning, Elite pros who were eliminated from the final day of competition were paired up with veterans and other guests in the Folds of Honor Foundation Pro-Am presented by ARE. Pictured, from top to bottom, are Aaron Martens, Bobby Lane and Gerald Swindle. The Folds of Honor Foundation provides educational scholarships to the dependents of service members killed or disabled while serving our country. Make sure you contribute to the cause during the “pass the bucket” at today's weigh-in!
We are swapping back-and-forth between Cliff Pace and Edwin Evers. Both are on the upper end. We've seen Pace put a couple in well, now we are on Evers. One thing I am seeing is a lot of rod switching. One second there's a topwater, the next a jig and so on. It looks more like practice at the moment. No one is really dialed into anything specific. That will come later in the day we assume.
White Lake is only about 20 miles from Muskegon Lake, but it provides a sharp contrast in shoreline views. As opposed to the industrial sites around Muskegon, White Lake has long been a popular summer vacation spot and is surrounded by lakefront homes. There's plenty of docks to fish. Chicago is only a four-hour drive away, so this area is popular with Chicagoans. White Lake is about half the size of Muskegon, somewhere around 2,100 acres. It's approximately 7 miles long and a mile wide.