Scott Rook jumped from 47th place Thursday to eighth place Friday in the Bassmaster Elite Series Sooner Run by catching a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces. And his day could have been better.
You'd think the anglers were giving away money, there are so many boats following Elite Series pros like Kevin VanDam and Mike McClelland on Grand Lake.
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.
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.
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.
With two Bassmaster Classic titles and more than $2 million in winnings in BASS events, it's obvious Kevin VanDam doesn't make many mistakes once he gets a fish hooked. But he made one Thursday on the Arkansas River during the CITGO Bassmaster Legends Tournament presented by Goodyear.
Rick Clunn believes no one will ever win another Bassmaster Classic like he did in 1984 on the Arkansas River at Pine Bluff. It doesn't matter where or when the Classic is held, he thinks changes in the sport have eliminated the chance of anyone emulating Clunn's method.