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2010 Elite Series - Duel in the Delta

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Sustained 10- to 15-mph winds continued to plague the anglers preparing for the first stop in the California leg of the 2010 Elite schedule, turning the second round of practice into a bit of a scramble to make up for lost time.

“Anytime you have 20-, 30-mph winds, it makes it real hard to do much of anything,” Klein said Tuesday. “Today it was in the high teens and into the 20s, so, yeah, it was a grind. I might sound sick in saying this, but, I kinda like it.”

Tour Review

Duel in the Delta reaction

The Delta was a tough tournament for me. Fishing the tides is a matter of timing. A couple of times during practice I was able to really light them up. I thought I was on to something, but I was never able to duplicate that experience during the competition. That pretty much tells the story.

The California Delta is one of America’s great fisheries. There’s so much good habitat out here that it’s hard to say what’s best and what isn’t. The tide controls most of it. I wasn’t able to deal with that effectively. Everything’s fishy if you hit it at just the right time. Nothing’s fishy if you hit it at just the wrong time.

I’d find something in practice – good structure and cover with excellent water clarity along with plenty of fish – that was what I wanted. When I went back during the tournament it wasn’t so good. The conditions weren’t the same.

Even though I knew when the tide was supposed to be low and when it was supposed to be high it seemed like I couldn’t time it right. Either the water level wasn’t right or it was too dirty.

Day 2 report

Most of the Elite anglers, though, have stuck stubbornly to the banks, fishing inside weedlines and shallow banks in search of bigger fish that move out of deeper water on the rising tide.

Day One’s weather was a steady 8 degrees warmer from blast off to weigh-in than the last day of practice, and with no wind to increase the chill. Nightime lows last night dropped to 41, which is 7 degrees warmer than the near-freezing low that layered the dock with a light skim of frost the day before.

With a full day’s warmup to boost the water temperatures, today’s bite could be dramatically bigger in certain shallow spots where the water has warmed up.

Tough first day

“The tide is your best friend or your worst enemy, today it was my worst enemy.” — Kevin VanDam

2010 Elite Series - Duel in the Delta
California Delta, Stockton, California
Mar 11 - Mar 14, 2010

Leaderboard

1
John Crews - 72-6
1. 15-2, 2. 21-13, 3. 14-15
2
Skeet Reese - 72-5
1. 15-1, 2. 18-13, 3. 18-12
3
Greg Hackney - 70-4
1. 14-14, 2. 17-0, 3. 25-7, 4. 12-15
4
Mike Iaconelli - 67-12
1. 14-0, 2. 25-12, 3. 14-14, 4. 13-2
5
Shaw E. Grigsby - 63-11
1. 14-8, 2. 18-14, 3. 12-6, 4. 17-15
6
Stephen Browning - 62-15
1. 21-11, 2. 23-9, 3. 0-13, 4. 16-14
7
James Niggemeyer - 58-13
1. 2-8, 2. 18-9, 3. 21-6, 4. 16-6
8
Dustin Wilks - 56-0
1. 14-11, 2. 14-6, 3. 16-11, 4. 10-4
9
Rick Clunn - 55-10
1. 9-13, 2. 18-15, 3. 15-0, 4. 11-14
10
Denny Brauer - 47-14
1. 12-5, 2. 17-1, 3. 11-10, 4. 6-14
11
Gary Klein - 47-3
1. 13-9, 2. 21-10, 3. 9-0, 4. 3-0
12
Zell Rowland - 41-8
1. 5-7, 2. 23-4, 3. 12-13, 4. 0-0
29
Kevin VanDam - 33-3
1. 9-6, 2. 14-8, 3. 9-5

History & Notes;

Big Bass
day 4: Stephen Browning 7-2

Number Of Anglers: 93
Fish Caught: 872
Total Weight: 2,428 lbs 14 ozs
Bass Limit: 5
Limits Caught: 108
Cash Winnings: $603,000.00
Merchandise Bonus: $0.00
Cash Bonus: $2,500.00