They're getting bigger but still he needs to find a couple 5-pounders to make the cut. Photo by Bill Heller.
Kevin VanDam is scrambling to the bitter end. Add a frog to the baits VanDam has thrown in the last two hours today. And you can add it to the list of lures that haven't produced a single fish for him this afternoon.
Mike Iaconelli is fishing in a little industrial area surrounded by loading docks and big piles of sand. And he is killing it in here with three keepers in 15 minutes. We think he's throwing a soft plastic stick bait. Mike estimated the last keeper as a three pounder. We're thinking that gives him at least 12 pounds for the day. Ike has a big, loud flotilla of boats, around 15, following him. When he celebrates, they holler along with him.
Kevin VanDam has a limit, not four fish, as it has been showing on BASSTRAKK. His estimated weight is 11-13. We just got close enough to confirm that with VanDam and his marshal. That doesn't mean VanDam isn't feeling some pressure right now. He's tried a little of everything to get out of this funk. In the last hour, he's thrown a jerkbait, a Red-Eye Shad and a spinnerbait in addition to flipping one shallow flat. Now he's moved back up the lake to the point near Fisherman's Landing and he's throwing a jerkbait.