While sitting on our porch looking out on practice on Cayuga Lake, my wife, Barb, saw the boats out there and told me, "Looks just like a LIVE version of BASSTrakk." Pretty funny, because it is right on.
Kevin VanDam is on the move again. A recurring theme this morning. Run and gun, looking for a little something different. A lot of occupied real estate out here. Cayuga is practicing rather small. Each time VanDam relocates, he collects a boat or two. (That comes with the territory of being the most dominant angler of his era.) He'll move again to a vacant grass patch, then one or two more boats ease in around him. "I don't blame 'em," he says. "They're just trying to get a bite." After a short pause, "But I gotta catch 'em this week."
There’s a lot on the line for the pros in the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake. Many are on the bubble; some will advance to the Toyota Bassmaster AOY Championship and some will fail.
The weather at Cayuga Lake this week has been about as nice as it can get for an angler.
Recently I’ve been reflecting on our boys and the experiences they have while on the road with their dad, experiences that undoubtedly will influence them as adults.
I'm spending the final day of practice on Cayuga in the boat with Kevin VanDam.
The 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series will feature a pair of tournaments in the Western United States, and it will be the first time since 2010 that the Elites have traveled so far west.
Every year the final events create interesting scenarios for who's in and who's going to be out of the Bassmaster Classic. But did anyone expect Kevin VanDam to be anywhere near the Classic bubble?
Don Barone learns about the history of the New York town hosting this week's Elite Series event.