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VanDam Keeps Things Interesting; Holds Lead at Kentucky Lake Bassmaster Elite Series Event

Paris, TN – Just when it seemed Kevin VanDam had a virtual stranglehold on the Tennessee Triumph, the five-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year uncharacteristically loosened his grip heading into the final day of competition. Despite weighing 21 pounds, 11 ounces, Friday, the Kalamazoo, MI, veteran lost nearly half of his 6-pound advantage as Kelly Jordon smashed 24 pounds, 0 ounces, to close the gap.

Kentucky Lake guru VanDam – he has posted a second-, third and first-place finish in the past three BASS events here – amassed a three-day total of 70-13 (Jordon has 67-2) but has seen his weight decline each of three competition days. Much of that can be attributed to the tremendous boat pressure VanDam is coping with and the bad news for KVD is that the impending weekend should only bring increased traffic.

Day 3 Leader Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, MI. 70lb13oz. (BASS Communications/Seigo Saito)
Day 3 Leader Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, MI. 70lb13oz. (BASS Communications/Seigo Saito)

It’s nothing new for VanDam, a prohibitive favorite for fans to follow on the water, but Kentucky Lake always poses a unique scenario due to the local anglers and the abundance of tournaments that occur on the weekends. “I tried to do anything I could do to get away from the pressure,” said VanDam, a 16-time Bassmaster winner. “But I knew it was going to be a frustrating day and affect the way I was fishing, so you just have to deal with it and try to piece together the best day you can.”

Fishing fans can catch all of the on-the-water action from the Tennessee Triumph on The Bassmasters, which airs Sunday, July 4th, at 10:00am ET on ESPN2. The daily weigh-ins for all regular-season Elite events and the two postseason events will air live on ESPN3.com.

Bassmaster.com will follow the Tennessee Triumph each day with BASSCast, BASSCam, real-time leaderboards during weigh-ins, photo galleries, daily results, and Hooked Up with ESPN Outdoors personalities Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders. Live, streaming video will be carried by ESPN3.com.

Kevin VanDam. (BASS Communications/Seigo Saito)

As the conditions change, VanDam said the fish are moving but he has a number of spots that hold quality fish. It is a matter of timing and changing up the presentations in order to entice the right bites. He is primarily working a crankbait over shell beds but is mixing in a number of other different lures.

“I’m throwing everything at them that I can,” said VanDam, a three-time Bassmaster Classic winner. “Today, I threw more variety than I have in the past two days. It’s definitely not easy out there.”

VanDam predicted that on Saturday he would need to grind out at least 8-10 good-sized bites to secure a win. The unpredictability of boating a bass – with the boat pressure and changing conditions – is increasing, VanDam said.

Regardless of the result Saturday, VanDam will have picked up valuable points in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings. By leading three days, he accumulates 15 points and if he is able to maintain the pace, VanDam will move into the top-8 in the Angler of the Standings, which will put him in qualifying position for the Bassmaster Elite Series Postseason.

In contrast to VanDam, Jordon had a subpar first day but found the grove Thursday and carried the momentum into Friday. His 10-1 on Thursday remains the biggest bass of the tournament and Friday, he was able to land a 6- and 7-pounder. Jordon is a big-bass specialist and the Mineola, TX, pro made the decision early in the week to live or die with the big bite.

Similar to VanDam, Jordon has had serious success of Kentucky Lake, posting eighth, 15th and 11th-place finishes in the past three BASS competitions. Despite his stellar record, Jordon eschewed his customary Kentucky Lake spots, heading south instead.

Kelly Jordon. (BASS Communications/Seigo Saito)

After Jordon’s first day, he almost abandoned the Southern end of the lake.

“I though long and hard about punting,” said Jordon. “Heck, I almost did today (Friday). But I know the big ones live there.”

Despite the location change, Jordon is attacking Kentucky in typical fashion with a 10-inch Lake Fork Tackle Worm – which has produced most of the bigger bites – while mixing in a variety of crankbaits.

Edwin Evers. (BASS Communications/Seigo Saito)
Edwin Evers. (BASS Communications/Seigo Saito)

Behind Jordon in third was Edwin Evers of Talala, OK, with 65-6. Heading into this event, Evers was a distant second in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year to Skeet Reese of Auburn, CA. But Evers keeps putting on the pressure and Reese has stumbled lately, which has allowed Evers to close the AOY gap to less than 70 points.

“It’s just really sad to know where I could have been if I would have caught the big ones,” said Evers, 35. “I could have had at least 26 pounds each day. But my focus is on the Angler of the Year now and I just have to keep plugging away.”

Slipping from third to fourth was Jason Quinn of York, SC, with 62-14. In fifth was Elite rookie Matt Greenblatt of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, with 57-10. Greenblatt made his first final-day cut as did fellow rookie Keith Poche of Troy, AL, who was 11th.

Only the top 12 qualified for Saturday. Duel on the Delta winner John Crews was sixth while Scott Rook of Little Rock, AR, was the final angler to advance with 54-2. He bested Todd Faircloth by 1 ounce for the final spot. Full standings can be found below.

Kentucky LakeKentucky Lake has hosted a dozen BASS events, including the 2009 Tennessee Triumph, at which Lane of Lakeland, FL, won his first BASS tournament with a total of 97 pounds, 9 ounces, after leading through all four days.

Kentucky Lake is 185 miles in length, with 160,000 surface acres and 2,380 miles of shoreline. Lake Barkley adds another 80,000 surface acres.

The top prize of the Tennessee Triumph is $100,000.

The public is invited to attend the daily launches (6:00am CT) through Saturday and weigh-ins (3:30pm) at Paris Landing State Park, 16055 Hwy. 79 N., Buchanan, Tenn. After Day 2’s competition Thursday, the field will be cut to the top 47 anglers for Day 3. Only the top 12 will go on to compete in Saturday’s Day 4.

Other activities Friday and Saturday at the Tennessee Triumph will begin at noon CT at Paris Landing State Park. All events are free and open to the public.

The local sponsor of the Tennessee Triumph is the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

Be sure to catch all the action!

Fishing fans can catch all of the on-the-water action from the Tennessee Triumph on The Bassmasters, which airs Sunday, July 4th, at 10:00am ET on ESPN2. The daily weigh-ins for all regular-season Elite events and the two postseason events will air live on ESPN3.com.

Bassmaster.com will follow the Tennessee Triumph each day with BASSCast, BASSCam, real-time leaderboards during weigh-ins, photo galleries, daily results, and Hooked Up with ESPN Outdoors personalities Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders. Live, streaming video will be carried by ESPN3.com.

About the Elite Series

Up next for the Elite Series is the regular-season finale, the June 17th-20th AutoZone Sooner Run on the Arkansas River out of Muskogee, OK.

The Bassmaster Elite Series Postseason, Toyota Trucks Championship Week, is set for July 24th-31st and will be played out once again on two productive Alabama fisheries. The first leg, the July 24th-25th Trophy Chase, returns to Lake Jordan out of Wetumpka. The finale, the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph, is slated for July 30th-31st on the Alabama River from Montgomery.

Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Skeeter, Yamaha and Bass Pro Shops.

Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Lowrance, Triton Boats, Nitro Boats and Ramada.

About BASS

For more than 40 years, BASS has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and its expansive tournament structure while championing efforts to connect directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles.

The Bassmaster brand and its considerable multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications Bassmaster Magazine, BASS Times and Fishing Tackle Retailer; comprehensive Web properties in Bassmaster.com, BASSInsider.com, ESPNOutdoors.com and ESPN360.com, and ESPN2 television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle.

BASS oversees the prestigious Bassmaster Tournament Trail, which includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, BASS Federation Nation and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.

BASS offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members while spearheading progressive, positive change on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, FL.

DAY 3 TENNESSEE TRIUMPH STANDINGS

2010 Paris, TN 6/9-6/12
Kentucky Lake, Paris TN.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

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

1. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 15 70-13 315
Day 1: 5 25-00 Day 2: 5 24-02 Day 3: 5 21-11
2. Kelly Jordon Mineola, TX 15 67-02 295
Day 1: 5 16-06 Day 2: 5 26-12 Day 3: 5 24-00
3. Edwin Evers Talala, OK 15 65-06 290
Day 1: 5 19-14 Day 2: 5 21-12 Day 3: 5 23-12
4. Jason Quinn Lake Wylie, SC 15 62-14 285
Day 1: 5 20-13 Day 2: 5 21-01 Day 3: 5 21-00
5. Matt Greenblatt Palm Beach Gardens, FL 15 57-10 280
Day 1: 5 20-00 Day 2: 5 18-09 Day 3: 5 19-01
6. John Crews Salem, VA 15 57-08 276
Day 1: 5 14-08 Day 2: 5 18-00 Day 3: 5 25-00
7. Terry Butcher Talala, OK 15 57-03 272
Day 1: 5 15-15 Day 2: 5 21-10 Day 3: 5 19-10
8. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 15 56-12 268
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 5 19-10 Day 3: 5 22-01
9. Derek Remitz Grant, AL 15 56-11 264
Day 1: 5 18-11 Day 2: 5 16-01 Day 3: 5 21-15
10. Matt Herren Trussville, AL 15 56-02 260
Day 1: 5 18-13 Day 2: 5 19-04 Day 3: 5 18-01
11. Keith Poche Troy, AL 15 55-14 257
Day 1: 5 20-01 Day 2: 5 21-07 Day 3: 5 14-06
12. Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 15 54-02 254
Day 1: 5 15-02 Day 2: 5 22-05 Day 3: 5 16-11
13. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 15 54-01 251 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-14 Day 2: 5 14-15 Day 3: 5 22-04
14. Mark Menendez Paducah, KY 15 53-12 248 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-05 Day 2: 5 17-09 Day 3: 5 16-14
15. Russ Lane Prattville, AL 15 52-13 245 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-15 Day 2: 5 26-03 Day 3: 5 11-11
16. Britt Myers Lake Wylie, SC 15 52-13 243 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-15 Day 2: 5 17-05 Day 3: 5 15-09
17. Shaw E Grigsby Gainesville, FL 15 52-12 241 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 5 19-07 Day 3: 5 18-08
18. Rick Morris Virginia Beach, VA 15 52-12 239 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 24-15 Day 2: 5 15-00 Day 3: 5 12-13
19. Boyd Duckett Demopolis, AL 15 52-05 237 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-04 Day 2: 5 21-10 Day 3: 5 14-07
20. Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 15 52-03 235 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-12 Day 2: 5 14-15 Day 3: 5 21-08
21. Greg Vinson Wetumpka, AL 15 51-13 233 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-14 Day 2: 5 17-10 Day 3: 5 15-05
22. Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 15 51-08 231 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-06 Day 2: 5 16-08 Day 3: 5 15-10
23. Jason Williamson Aiken, SC 15 51-08 229 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-06 Day 2: 5 17-00 Day 3: 5 16-02
24. Morizo Shimizu Osaka JAPAN 15 51-00 227 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-04 Day 2: 5 19-11 Day 3: 5 12-01
25. Bradley Hallman Norman, OK 15 50-13 225 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-15 Day 2: 5 15-13 Day 3: 5 14-01
26. Bill Lowen North Bend, OH 15 50-12 223 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-02 Day 2: 5 14-14 Day 3: 5 15-12
27. Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, KS 14 50-04 221 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-12 Day 2: 5 22-03 Day 3: 4 09-05
28. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 15 49-15 219 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-02 Day 2: 5 18-08 Day 3: 5 17-05
29. Timmy Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 13 49-09 217 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 23-12 Day 2: 5 17-04 Day 3: 3 08-09
30. Cliff Pace Petal, MS 15 49-07 215 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 5 16-07 Day 3: 5 18-02
31. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 15 49-06 213 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-09 Day 2: 5 20-01 Day 3: 5 09-12
32. Jami Fralick Martin, SD 15 48-12 211 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 19-11 Day 3: 5 14-14
33. Pete Ponds Madison, MS 15 47-15 209 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-07 Day 2: 5 17-13 Day 3: 5 10-11
34. Jeremy Starks Charleston, WV 15 47-13 207 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 21-03 Day 2: 5 11-03 Day 3: 5 15-07
35. Kotaro Kiriyama Moody, AL 12 47-07 205 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 22-10 Day 2: 5 18-09 Day 3: 2 06-04
36. Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 14 46-04 203 $10,000.00
Day 1: 4 10-07 Day 2: 5 19-15 Day 3: 5 15-14
37. Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 15 46-03 201 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-09 Day 2: 5 17-04 Day 3: 5 12-06
38. Marty Robinson Lyman, SC 15 46-00 199 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-00 Day 2: 5 18-05 Day 3: 5 14-11
39. Chad Griffin Cresson, TX 14 45-10 197 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 22-00 Day 2: 4 08-11 Day 3: 5 14-15
40. Matt Reed Madisonville, TX 15 45-02 195 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-12 Day 2: 5 14-05 Day 3: 5 15-01
41. Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, TX 15 44-05 193 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-02 Day 2: 5 13-02 Day 3: 5 14-01
42. Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 15 44-02 191 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-12 Day 2: 5 18-12 Day 3: 5 09-10
43. Jeff Connella Bentley, LA 15 43-03 189 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-01 Day 2: 5 18-05 Day 3: 5 11-13
44. Mark Tucker Saint Louis, MO 15 43-00 187 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-09 Day 2: 5 12-11 Day 3: 5 12-12
45. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 15 41-13 185 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-09 Day 2: 5 14-10 Day 3: 5 10-10
46. Bradley Roy Lancaster, KY 13 39-05 183 $10,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-08 Day 2: 5 16-14 Day 3: 3 08-15
47. Marty Stone Fayetteville, NC 13 37-15 181 $5,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-15 Day 2: 5 18-10 Day 3: 3 06-06
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 84 449 1374-09
2 81 436 1397-08
3 42 225 727-04
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207 1110 3499-05

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