KVD scores 11th BASS win

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 GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., is known for his fast-paced style on the water, but the two-time Bassmaster Classic champion had to shift gears into low speed Sunday to claim the Bassmaster Elite Series Southern Challenge presented by Purolator besting Mark Tucker of St. Louis, Mo., by more than seven pounds.

 VanDam, who received a $100,000 top prize, stormed from fourth place and almost two pounds behind leader Terry Butcher of Talala, Okla., on Sunday with a catch of 25 pounds, 5 ounces, to finish with 66-3 on Lake Guntersville for his first victory in a Bassmaster Elite Series event. VanDam's catch was the second-heaviest bag of the tournament, which was shortened a day due to weather. ESPN2 will air coverage of VanDam's comeback victory at the Southern Challenge presented by Purolator on Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m. ET.Tucker was second with 59-1 and Butcher finished third with 58-4. Terry Scroggins of Palatka, Fla., was fourth with 58-0 and Jason Quinn of Lake Wylie, S.C., rounded out the top five with 57-2.

 The win was VanDam's 11th career BASS victory and 67th career top 10, several of them coming on Guntersville Lake where the 39-year-old competed in the third tournament of his illustrious BASS career. It also put the three-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year winner closer to the lead in the points chase roughly halfway through the current Elite Series season. VanDam now has 1,263 points, just 25 behind leader Skeet Reese of California.

 After missing the top 50 cut the week before at an Elite event on Clarks Hill Lake in Evans, Ga., VanDam, who is in first place on the Bassmaster Elite Series Power Index, tightened the screws on Guntersville. He hovered near the lead all three days, concentrating on spawning shad along grass lines with a ½-ounce Strike King KVD Pro-Model spinnerbait in blue shad and either a Strike King Series 5 or Series 6 crankbait, depending on the depth of the milfoil.

 "Shad is spawning all over the lake on the ledges or grass," the 39-year-old said. "You can throw a spinnerbait in the grass and hardly get it back because of the shad bumping the bait."Bass are up there capitalizing on that and if you can find a pack of them, you can catch two or three. I really had to slow down and work the spinnerbait deliberately through those areas and when a bass in that grass saw it come over their heads, they'd come up and get it."

 VanDam made milk runs to specific spots in the midlake area, keying on areas near spawning flats where bass would be moving to key on the shad spawn. Tucker and Butcher also were keying on spawning shad, mixing up a variety of spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastics around grasslines, docks and wood cover."You had to stay around the shad whether they were shallow or deep," said Tucker, who worked a ½-ounce Picasso spinnerbait, ¼-ounce Chatterbait and Zoom crankbait. "If there weren't any shad following my bait, I'd throw the crankbait and they usually would follow it, so I knew they still were there but were just deeper. After 10 a.m., they're harder to find."Butcher, a 35-year-old ex bull-rider, led the first two days of the tournament but couldn't close the deal Sunday. He plucked bass from different areas, never getting the consistent big bites he needed."I spent most of the day flipping docks and wood with a Yum Wooly Hawg," he said. "They had to be specific docks near spawning areas. I just didn't have enough to get the victory."

 After being on the road since Feb. 9 for the Bassmaster Classic and Elite Series season, VanDam wrapped up his tournament with a vow to be in Michigan with his family Monday. The tour has a two-week break before the Bassmaster American presented by Advance Auto Parts on High Rock Lake in Greensboro, N.C.He'll do it with the Elite Series trophy comfortably secured in his truck on the long drive."Anytime you can win on this series with these guys, it's special," he said. "This is awesome."Fishing fans can visit www.espnoutdoors.com for live weigh-in footage, a real-time leaderboard, photo galleries and analysis of the Bassmaster American, the first Bassmaster Major of the season.

 Day 3 Purolator Big Bass

 Pro: Kevin VanDam; Kalamazoo, Mich.; 7-5

 Location and Field

 Southern Challenge — Bassmaster Elite Series

 Lake Guntersville

 Guntersville, Ala.

 April 26-29

 Local sponsors: Local sponsors include Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce and Marshall County.

Bassmaster Elite Series sponsors: Sponsors of the Bassmaster Elite Series include Toyota Tundra, Purolator, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley, Advance Auto Parts, Lowrance Electronics, MotorGuide, Costa Del Mar, Ramada Worldwide and Evan Williams Bourbon.

 

 

 

2007 Elite Series - Southern Challenge PRO 04/26-04/29

 

Lake Guntersville, Guntersville Ala.

 

(PRO Division) Standings Day 3

 

 

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

 

 

1. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, Mich. 15 66-03 305 $102,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 21-04 Day 2: 5 19-10 Day 3: 5 25-05

 

2. Mark Tucker Saint Louis, Mo. 15 59-01 295 $30,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 19-12 Day 2: 5 18-00 Day 3: 5 21-05

 

3. Terry Butcher Talala, Okla. 15 58-04 300 $34,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 26-03 Day 2: 5 16-06 Day 3: 5 15-11

 

4. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, Fla. 15 58-00 285 $18,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 21-02 Day 2: 5 20-01 Day 3: 5 16-13

 

5. Jason Quinn Lake Wylie, S.C. 15 57-02 280 $17,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 22-10 Day 2: 5 19-04 Day 3: 5 15-04

 

6. Kelly Jordon Mineola, Texas 15 55-03 276 $15,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 5 21-15 Day 3: 5 18-03

 

7. Yusuke Miyazaki Mineola, Texas 15 51-09 272 $15,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 18-06 Day 2: 5 20-12 Day 3: 5 12-07

 

8. Alton Jones Waco, Texas 15 48-00 268 $14,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 16-05 Day 2: 5 18-01 Day 3: 5 13-10

 

9. Kotaro Kiriyama Moody, Ala. 14 46-11 264 $14,000.00

 

Day 1: 5 19-08 Day 2: 5 16-01 Day 3: 4 11-02

 

10. Shaw E Grigsby, Jr Gainesville, Fla. 13 44-13 260 $13,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 18-00 Day 2: 5 17-12 Day 3: 3 9-01

 

11. Ben Matsubu Hemphill, Texas 13 43-03 257 $12,500.00

 

Day 1: 5 15-11 Day 2: 5 19-06 Day 3: 3 8-02

 

12. Timmy Horton Muscle Shoals, Ala. 13 43-01 254 $12,300.00

 

Day 1: 5 16-05 Day 2: 5 18-06 Day 3: 3 8-06

 

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Big Bass

 

Day

 

1 Boyd Duckett Demopolis, Ala. 0-00 $1,000.00

 

2 Rick Ash Pottstown, Pa. 7-09 $1,000.00

 

3 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, Mich. 7-05 $1,000.00

 

 

Big Bag

 

Day

 

1 Terry Butcher Talala, Okla. $1,000.00

 

2 Mike Wurm Hot Springs, Ark. 22-05 $1,000.00

 

3 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, Mich. 25-05 $1,000.00

 

 

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Totals

 

Day #Limits #Fish Weight

 

1 81 470 1392-04

 

2 71 454 1366-15

 

3 8 53 175-05

 

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160 977 2934-08

 

2007 Southern Challenge - Southern Challenge Pro Points

 

After Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, Ala. Ending 04-29-2007, Day 3

 

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Place Name St Pts

 

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1 Skeet Reese Calif. 1288

 

2 Kevin VanDam Mich. 1263

 

3 Jared Lintner Calif. 1234

 

4 Ishama Monroe Calif. 1169

 

5 Derek Remitz Texas 1129

 

6 Jeff Kriet Okla. 1128

 

7 Fred Roumbanis Calif. 1119

 

8 Aaron Martens Ala. 1115

 

9 Steve Kennedy Ala. 1102

 

10 Scott Rook Ark. 1067

 

11 Mike McClelland Ark. 1059

 

12 Gerald Swindle Ala. 1033

 

13 Terry Scroggins Fla. 1032

 

14 Kelly Jordon Texas 1027

 

15 Chris Lane Fla. 1025

 

16 Tommy Biffle Okla. 1024

 

17 Alton Jones Texas 1021

 

18 Brent Chapman Kan. 998

 

19 Todd Faircloth Texas 997

 

20 Stephen Browning Ark. 994

 

21 Bryan Hudgins Fla. 989

 

22 Casey Ashley S.C. 982

 

23 Pete Ponds Miss. 981

 

24 Mark Menendez Ky. 977

 

25 Timmy Horton Ala. 974

 

26 Cliff Pace Miss. 973

 

27 Paul Elias Miss. 972

 

27 Dean Rojas Texas 972

 

29 Gary Klein Texas 970

 

30 John Crews Va. 969

 

31 John Murray Ariz. 958

 

32 Kevin Wirth Ky. 956

 

33 Jeff Reynolds Okla. 949

 

34 Greg Gutierrez Calif. 942

 

35 Jason Quinn S.C. 940

 

36 Mark Tyler Okla. 932

 

36 Brian Snowden Mo. 932

 

38 Peter Thliveros Fla. 921

 

39 Michael Iaconelli N.J. 918

 

39 Ray Sedgwick S.C. 918

 

41 Ken Brodeur Conn. 917

 

41 Scott Campbell Mo. 917

 

43 Kevin Short Ark. 907

 

44 Rick Morris Va. 905

 

45 Edwin Evers Okla. 873

 

46 Randy Howell Ala. 872

 

47 Greg Hackney La. 866

 

48 Jimmy Mize Ark. 865

 

49 Takahiro Omori Texas 859

 

50 Mark Tucker Mo. 847

 

51 Russ Lane Ala. 846

 

52 Shaw Grigsby, Jr Fla. 843

 

53 Morizo Shimizu Calif. 841

 

54 Ben Matsubu Texas 840

 

55 Davy Hite S.C. 833

 

56 Jason Williamson S.C. 832

 

57 Dave Wolak N.C. 829

 

58 Yusuke Miyazaki Texas 822

 

59 Boyd Duckett Ala. 798

 

59 Ken Cook Okla. 798

 

61 Denny Brauer Mo. 797

 

62 Bernie Schultz Fla. 791

 

63 Britt Myers S.C. 786

 

64 Matt Reed Texas 779

 

65 Zell Rowland Texas 778

 

66 Bill Lowen Ohio 777

 

66 Lee Bailey Ala. 777

 

68 Matthew Sphar N.Y. 776

 

68 Kotaro Kiriyama Ala. 776

 

70 Bradley Hallman Okla. 771

 

71 James Charlesworth Fla. 764

 

72 Jim Murray Ga. 762

 

73 Mike Wurm Ark. 761

 

74 Charlie Hartley Ohio 757

 

75 Jami Fralick S.D. 754

 

76 Marty Robinson S.C. 753

 

77 Jeff Connella La. 752

 

77 Paul Hirosky Pa. 752

 

79 Mark Rogers Fla. 751

 

80 Rick Clunn Mo. 736

 

81 James Niggemeyer Texas 724

 

81 Bill Smith Ky. 724

 

83 Kevin Langill N.C. 723

 

84 Matt Amedeo Ohio 722

 

85 Guy Eaker N.C. 712

 

86 Kenyon Hill Okla. 711

 

87 Grant Goldbeck Md. 710

 

88 Kurt Dove Va. 702

 

89 Glenn Delong Ohio 684

 

90 James Kennedy La. 677

 

91 Marty Stone N.C. 675

 

92 Preston Clark Fla. 660

 

93 Steve Daniel Fla. 651

 

94 Keith Phillips Ala. 639

 

95 Eric Nethery Ga. 620

 

96 Jeremy Starks W.Va. 614

 

97 Jon Bondy Canada 596

 

98 Terry Butcher Okla. 595

 

99 Darrin Schwenkbeck Md. 586

 

100 Rick Ash Pa. 570

 

101 Dave Smith Okla. 562

 

102 Jimmy Mason Ala. 558

 

103 Doc Merkin Ill. 527

 

104 Charlie Youngers Fla. 494

 

105 Byron Velvick Texas 491

 

106 Frank Scalish Ohio 483

 

107 Bradley Stringer Texas 447

 

108 Elton Luce Jr Texas 426

 

2007 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 

After Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, AL ending 04-29-2007, Day 3

 

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Place Name St Pts

 

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1 Derek Remitz Texas 1129

 

2 Bryan Hudgins Fla. 989

 

3 Casey Ashley S.C. 982

 

4 Scott Campbell Mo. 917

 

5 Jason Williamson S.C. 832

 

6 Matthew Sphar N.Y. 776

 

7 James Charlesworth Fla. 764

 

8 Marty Robinson S.C. 753

 

9 James Niggemeyer Texas 724

 

10 Matt Amedeo Ohio 722

 

11 Glenn Delong Ohio 684

 

12 James Kennedy La. 677

 

2007 Toyota Moving Forward Award

 

After Guntersville, AL ending 04-29-2007, Day 3

 

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Place Name 2006 Finish 2007 Standings

 

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1 Fred Roumbanis 69 7

 

2 Pete Ponds 83 23

 

3 Ken Brodeur 98 41

 

4 Chris Lane 61 15

 

5 Mark Menendez 68 24

 

6 Scott Rook 47 10

 

6 Rick Morris 81 44

 

8 Ishama Monroe 37 4

 

9 Mark Tyler 64 36

 

10 Jeff Kriet 33 6

 

11 Stephen Browning 45 20

 

12 Kevin Short 67 43

 

13 Brent Chapman 41 18

 

14 Paul Elias 49 27

 

15 Mark Rogers 99 79

 

16 Brian Snowden 54 36

 

16 Terry Scroggins 31 13

 

18 Ray Sedgwick 56 39

 

19 Jared Lintner 18 3

 

20 Ken D Cook 73 59

 

21 Britt Myers 76 63

 

22 Greg Gutierrez 46 34

 

23 Mike McClelland 22 11

 

23 Jimmy Mize 59 48

 

25 Charlie Hartley 83 74

 

26 Gary Klein 36 29

 

27 Skeet Reese 7 1

 

28 Timmy Horton 30 25

 

29 Todd Faircloth 23 19

 

30 Grant Goldbeck 88 87

 

30 Kevin VanDam 3 2

 

30 Gerald Swindle 13 12

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