Greg Gutierrez was practicing for the Bassmaster Elite Series Sooner Run on Grand Lake earlier this week when his cell phone rang.
A quick glance at the leaderboard of the Elite Series Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco shows 13 anglers crowded at the top, within four pounds of Kevin VanDam's 21-pound, 11-ounce Thursday first-place total.
Two weeks ago, after a merely human 39th-place finish on Virginia's Smith Mountain Lake, Kevin VanDam wasn't a happy man. But the two-time Bassmaster Classic champion and three-time BASS Angler of the Year was smiling again after the opening day of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco on Grand Lake.
With the changing conditions on Grand Lake, we polled a sampling of Elites competing in the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco on: 1. What depth are you keying on today? 2. What's a wild card for you today? 3. What's your prediction on the cut weight?
It's a good thing Aaron Martens is in eighth place after the opening day of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco on Grand Lake. And even still, Martens' wife, Lesley, was probably ready to commit spousal abuse if she could have gotten her hands on him during the tournament Thursday.
The best of what the Elite anglers had to say on Day One of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco.
In this article, you can read how as David Stewart and a reporter talked about his catch, Stewart's pro partner Kevin Langill, appeared, casting a wary eye toward the media member that said, "Mum's the word."
In this article, you can read how an ever-changing Grand Lake makes for a new fishing environment with different challenges for anglers in the the 2007 Elite Series Sooner Run.
Severe storms have peppered the lower half of the United States the past few days, but few can compare to the rain event of the Midwest last week. As much as fourteen inches of rain pounded areas of southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri and to many Elite Series pro's, it must have seemed like all of it flowed into Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma, site of The Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco.
Elite series anglers forced to make adjustments at Sooner Run