A highly competitive Top 12 have battled it out on this fantastic fishery and made it to Day 4 on the St. Lawrence River. This is a slugfest by definition. There is a mix of seasoned top-tier anglers and young guys (relatively) in the world of professional fishing head out for Championship Sunday and realistically almost all 12 fishermen have a shot to win today. From Kevin VanDam's 7 Angler of the Years and 23 career wins down to Brock Mosley and Brandon Coulter, with their first career Elite Top 12, we have every stage of Elite careers in play today.
The 2013 Champion of this event, Brandon Palaniuk, started down in the pack this week with just 15-15 on Day 1, but has made a charge into 3rd place with 47-4 over the past two days of competition.
Add in a 2-time Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle who has 8 Top 12's in the last two seasons.
Fantastic crop of anglers fishing today, should be a fun battle for fishing fans today.
Here is a list of the Top 12 resumes when it comes to years fished on the Elites and the number of Top 12's in their careers.
1. Kevin VanDam (12 Elite Seasons) - 124 total with 56 coming in Elite/Classic competition
2. Jonathon VanDam (7 Elite Seasons) - 15 total with 11 coming in Elite/Classic competition3.
3. Brandon Palaniuk (7 Elite Seasons) - 23 total with 20 coming in Elite/Classic competition
4. Brent Ehrler (3 Elite Seasons) - 8 total with 6 coming in Elite/Classic competition
5. Casey Ashley (11 Elite Seasons) - 26 total with 25 coming in Elite/Classic competition
6. Brock Mosley (2 Elite Seasons) - 3 total with 1 coming in Elite competition
7. Gerald Swindle (12 Elite Seasons) - 61 total with 32 coming in Elite/Classic competition
8. Bernie Schultz (12 Elite Seasons) - 26 total with 11 coming in Elite/Classic competition
9. Brandon Coulter (3 Elite Seasons) - 2 total with 1 coming in Elite competition
10. James Elam (5 Elite Seasons) - 9 total with 6 coming in Elite/Classic competition
11. Jamie Hartman (1 Elite Season) - 6 total with 4 coming in Elite competition
12. Alton Jones (12 Elite Seasons) - 59 total with 32 coming in Classic/Elite competition