2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Field of Dreams

Apr 26, 2009

Kevin VanDam will scratch and claw to get to the Top 12 every week and on the rare occasions when he doesn't make it to Sunday, heaven help anyone who gets in his way at the next event.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Day Three, Cut

Apr 26, 2009

James Niggemeyer, Jeff Connella and Skeet Reese each acknowledged that it would take a superhuman effort to erase Kevin VanDam's nearly 7-pound lead.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl - Day Four - Launch

Apr 26, 2009

Follow your favorite Elite pro on the day four launch of the 2009 Blue Ridge Brawl. The 2009 Blue Ridge Brawl was held on Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Day Three, KVD

Apr 25, 2009

If there was a technique Kevin VanDam hasn't quite mastered, most would agree that sight-fishing would be it.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Day Three, Notes

Apr 25, 2009

Coming out of practice, Steve Kennedy had located both sight fish and swimbait fish. He chose to target the swimbait fish first, but struggled because the cold nights had pushed them down.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Day Three, Disappearing

Apr 25, 2009

After two days of 100 Elite Series anglers picking over the bedding bass on Smith Mountain Lake, many experienced disappointment when few remained on Day Three.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Day Three, Blurry

Apr 25, 2009

A number of circumstances, both natural and man-made, conspired to keep some of the anglers from seeing their finned quarry.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Day Three, West Coast

Apr 25, 2009

Heading into the third day of competition, five of the top twelve anglers in the standings were either born in California, raised there, or at some point called it home.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Day Three

Apr 25, 2009

It's like Groundhog Day, a broken record and déjà vu all over again rolled up into one.

2009 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl, Day Two

Apr 24, 2009

"The whole thing was humiliating," Swindle said. "I had the trolling motor on high and the boat was swinging around while I was fishing a dock on my tip toes from the front of the boat, looking for fish. The boat hit the dock and I did a front flip, X-Games style off the front deck into the water."

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