The Bassmaster Elite Series tour always opens local bass anglers' eyes to new possibilities, wherever it goes.
Tactics of the Final 6 anglers in the Bassmaster Memorial
Steve Kennedy is the Day One leader of the Bassmaster Memorial on Oneida Lake.
When Kevin VanDam was finished, resulting in one more victory for the biggest name in bass fishing, he wasn't shy about disclosing the details of his first-place formula for the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Tobacco.
A seven-ounce lead over the Tiger Woods of bass fishing going into Sunday simply wasn't enough for Jeff Kriet. And once again Kevin VanDam proved why it's appropriate to associate his name with the dominant golfer on the PGA tour.
Nothing is official in Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year points until the final standings are complete in a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament. It's a difficult point system to explain in a few words, but the winner of a tournament earns 300 points, and he can add a few more points to that total by being the tournament leader on any of the four days (five points per day).
Another constant theme you've heard from the pros this week has been timing being in the right place at the right time. McClelland, who won the Sooner Run last year and lives an hour away in Bella Vista, Ark., knows this lake as well as anyone.
Swimbaits have been the "new" hot lure on the Bassmaster Elite Series circuit this season. In stops at Lake Amistad (on the Texas-Mexico border) and The Delta and Clear Lake (in California) these oversize soft- and hard-plastic lures have been the key for several pros joining "The Century Club" catching 20 bass weighing over 100 pounds, during the course of a four-day, five-bass-limit-per-day Elite Series tournament.
"Shootout" was the word most often heard at the Sunday morning start of the Sooner Run presented by Longhorn Moist Snuff.
With tongue firmly in cheek, Kevin VanDam came to the Bassmaster Elite Series Sooner Run weigh-in stand Saturday and explained how he did some sandbagging so his friend, Jeff Kreit, would finally have a chance to beat him.