Epic sums up the week of fishing at the Busch Beer Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake. Kevin VanDam won a record eighth Elite event. He now has 22 B.A.S.S. wins, another record. Against his normal fast-paced style of fishing the angling great relied on a finesse approach for the victory.
“I’ve never caught so many 3-pound bass in a single day as I did this week,” he said. Most of those, in very un-VanDam form, were caught on soft plastics. He wasn’t alone.
The other top finishers caught bass sight fishing and luring bass from grassy shoals. Reports of catching 50 or more keeper-sized largemouth or smallmouth a day were common. That’s epic by anyone’s standards. Here’s a look at the lures of the Top 12.
All captions: Craig Lamb