Logan catches 20 pounds, tips cap to Kuphall

Wes Logan caught a five-bass limit Saturday, topping 20 pounds for the second straight day. It moved him up the standings from 6th place to 2nd. But he can’t foresee moving any higher when the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville concludes Sunday.

“The only way I can win is if I go catch four 10-pounders and a 12-pounder,” said Logan, who won the previous Elite Series tournament at Neely Henry Lake two weeks ago. 

That’s because Caleb Kuphall enters the final day with an 11 ½-pound lead over Logan. The 38-year-old second-year Elite Series angler from Mukwonago, Wis., has led from Day 1, when he weighed 27-10. Kuphall’s lead shrank a few pounds when he weighed 15-10 on Day 2, but he practically slammed the door on everyone else by catching 23-9 Saturday. His three-day total is 66-13. 

“I just got on a good stretch,” Kuphall said. “The conditions were just right today. Yesterday I didn’t catch hardly anything there. Today with the light wind and the sun, everything just set up perfectly to go in there and do damage.”

Kuphall was asked how it feels to have such a big lead going into the final day of the tournament. 

“If you’re going to lead, you might as well lead big, I guess,” he said. “I’ve never been in this position before.”