2011 Elite Series All-Star Week
The top 12 anglers and fan voted favorites compete for All Star Week glory.
KVD narrowly misses the cut for the final weekend in All Star week
Jul 25, 2011 - 9:19 AM
One of the four anglers on the outside looking in is VanDam. He rues the fact that he won’t get to compete next week, but he held his head high.
“I didn’t make it because I just didn’t catch ‘em,” he said. “I fished good areas that have good fish on them, but it just didn’t happen.”
Overall VanDam was pleased with his performance, but winces when he thinks about two fish that he lost today, one in a brushpile and another as he fought it to the boat.
“I fished pretty clean and based on what I saw in practice I felt like I made good decisions, but one thing that seemed really strange to me was not getting some of the better bites,” he said. “There are quality fish on all of these places - you’d see the schools come up and blow up - but to not catch more 2-pounders than I caught is bad luck more than anything else, because I was dang sure around a lot of nice ones.”
Ever the competitor, VanDam said that he’s most upset about not being able to compete next week in the Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship.
“I’m really disappointed that I won’t get to fish that river next week,” he says. “It hurts because I feel confident about fishing there and I’ve done pretty well in the past.”