Brent Chapman takes a moment to get a photo taken with some young fans who came "from just up the hill. It wasn't hard getting them up this morning," dad said.
Shaw Grigsby is all lit up under the moonlight as the anglers line the docks at Lake Dardanelle State Park. The rains have stopped and clear skies are expected until possible late afternoon thunderstorms. Alton Jones said the temps in the low 40s were expected, but he sees the cool air and warm water mixing for a potential fog delay. Stay tuned.
Chris Lane awoke to a call to move his truck and boat from the hotel parking lot as one of the angler's boats was on fire. It was his. He watched in horror as the Russellville Fire Department attempted to put it out. "They got the call at 2:02 a.m. and it was out by 2:20. It didn't want to go out," he said, adding the cause of the fire is being investigated. "I lost pretty much everything. Fortunately, nobody was hurt."
Finding a confident angler prior to the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament at Lake Dardanelle was like searching for clear water in the Arkansas River right now: Extremely difficult.
These rods and reels were donated to Tackle the Storm to give to kids and families who lost their fishing gear in the recent tornadoes. Elite pros KVD, Brandon Palaniuk, John Crews, Ike, Ish, Hank Cherry, J Todd Tucker and Chris Lane all handed over a little somethin' to brighten someone's day.
The pros get their game faces on before taking on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark.
After seeing the recent rains and dealing with the time of the year, here are the picks that some of the Elite anglers believe will do well this week on Lake Dardanelle.
It’s been nice to have a couple of weeks off between tournaments. No matter how hard you try it’s almost impossible to really rest when you’re fishing one tournament after another.
Lake Dardanelle is setting up to be a shallow water deal. With lots of rain the past few weeks in the Arkansas area, the lake already has a lot of color to it but we are getting even more rain this week. It is getting downright muddy.