2007 Empire Chase
Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, but among the worst any bass angler might ever face in terms of big waves.
KVD on Smallmouth or Largemouth:“If you’re on Erie, you better be fishing for Smallmouth.”
Big Waves? “It could be slick calm one day, and 5’ – 10’ footers the next. It’s a freshwater ocean. There’s a 90% chance that it will be rough at least one of the days we are there.”
If KVD could only take two rods: “I’d pack two spinning rods, spool up each with 8-pound fluorocarbon line, tie a tube to one and a Strike King Wild Shiner jerkbait to the other.”
Empire is a close race - KVD out at 16
Jul 22, 2007 - 9:57 AM
After not fishing on Friday, the action was fast and furious on Saturday. KVD jumped right up the standings, but could’ve used the extra day to secure a spot in the final 12, finishing just out in 16th. Kevin was under a pound away from the top 12, as Lake Erie provided more big bags then expected on windy and wavy waters. Skeet Reese finished in 13th to keep the AOY race tight as well.
Day 2 on Lake Erie cancelled
Jul 20, 2007 - 9:43 AM
After a wet and wild day 1, day 2 fishing has been cancelled due to high winds. This will make a climb to the top of the standings even harder on Saturday. Many anglers would prefer to stay on the Great Lake where the fish are bigger and the water can have less of a current, but fishing may be moved exclusively to the Niagara River.
Wild day 1 - 17-8
Jul 19, 2007 - 8:52 PM
“I covered a lot of water today, I burned a lot of gas. I fished both countries.”
— Kevin VanDam
A wild and intense Lake Erie greeted the anglers on day 1. Waves as large as 12 feet were reported. The skies opened up as well and were hazy and gusting. The fact that the anglers could catch anything is a testament to their skill. But the anglers did, and the top 5 bagged over 21 pounds each. Kevin is right in the mix, with a 17-8 bag on day 1. Just a few pounds out of the top spots. It’s going to get interesting this weekend out of Buffalo.