Not so fast say two area tournament anglers. With Mark Menendez, the only angler to catch a limit Saturday, close behind and Mike Iaconelli and Skeet Reese less than five pounds back, Sunday's final still could provide a come-from-behind victory.
"Let me tell you, it kills VanDam to have to pay me a dollar."
Michael Iaconelli began the Bassmaster Memorial by fishing a number of patterns and he met mixed results.
Iaconelli's two-day total means little heading into the third day of action here in northeast Texas because his weight, along with those of the 11 other elite anglers who survived the cut, was zeroed to begin the second phase of this event.
After one day it's apparent the competition for those top-12 spots will be fierce. With 55 fishermen in the field, only 2 pounds separates fourth place and 20th place in this second of three Bassmaster Major events.
If Wolak maintains his lead in today's finale of the Bassmaster American, he will be the first angler in eight days of BASS competition on Lake Wylie to hold the lead for more than one day.
Brit Meyers, an Elite Series rookie, was disappointed he didn't qualify for the event on his home lake, but he has high hopes for another angler, Jason Quinn.
"The only home field advantage I see right now is I won't get lost. I know where all the places are, and I know how to get there and get back."
"It had the right ingredients. It had some deep water and it had some shallow water with lots of cover. I just made a pass through there with a little water movement."
"It's one of the first ones I've made in a real long time," said VanDam. "It cost me a really good fish. That's how you learn though."