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2008 Elite Series - Carolina Clash

Preview

The Carolina Clash on South Carolina’s Lake Murray figures to fish much like the Pride of Georgia event a couple weeks ago. That means the blueback herring spawn will be key. With warmer temperatures expected, the herring should be in full force on Murray, so expect some bigger weights posted than those seen at Clark’s Hill.

Tour Review

KVDs thoughts on the Carolina Clash

After improving his bag each day, KVD talks about this successful tourney in Carolina

“I knew that it was going to be a great day to fish. As a result of the small field I was able to run a lot of water and fish the way that I like to. I actually caught a double on my first spot this morning.”

Bait of Choice: Strike King Red-Eye Shad

Biggest Challenge: These fish have got so much pressure that they’ll run up and swat at the bait, so getting them to commit to take a bait took a lot of trying.

Key to the Week: Being able to make the bait move really fast – or keep it up near the surface – has been key because if they got a look at it they wouldn’t take it.

Week in Review: “Oh, you know, it was a deal where you cover as much water as you possibly can. The one thing I’m always doing anytime you’re in conditions like we had here is to look for any kind of wave action you can. You always want to have water action, so that’s pretty much how I spent the week is keying on any point that have wave action going across it.”

KVD into the top 12

After a 1st day that left him in the 40’s, KVD has improved every day and his conistency is paying off. Now in the top 12, Kevin looks to have a huge day and make a run in the finals.

Looking towards the final day

“I’m hoping everybody goes to church tomorrow and lays off those (main lake) points a little bit for us.”
KVD, on all the recreational boat traffic on Lake Murray Saturday

KVDs technique

“Everything but the kitchen sink,” is the way VanDam described the wide variety of lures he’s throwing, while hitting as many main-lake points as possible, where bass are feeding on blueback herring. VanDam said he’ll start out with 12 rods on the deck, but soon there will be as many as 15. Among the lures he’s using: Strike King’s Shadalicious hollow-bellied soft plastic swimbait, Strike King’s Red Eye Shad lipless crankbait, shaky head worms and spinnerbaits.

Day 1 take from KVD

“If you don’t catch them by 9 o’clock, it’s tough after that. These (blueback) herring spawn at night, so the bass and stripers are really active first thing in the morning.”

VanDam noted that the overcast skies Thursday kept the stripers actively feeding on the herring well into the day. He hooked a few of them, too.

“It’s fun for a second,” KVD said. “But that’s not what we’re out here for.”

2008 Elite Series - Carolina Clash
Lake Murray, Columbia, South Carolina
May 15 - May 18, 2008

Leaderboard

1
Fred Roumbanis - 66-13
1. 15-4, 2. 13-2, 3. 20-9, 4. 17-14
2
Steve Kennedy - 65-04
1. 11-0, 2. 15-4, 3. 22-4, 4. 16-12
3
Edwin Evers - 64-13
1. 19-5, 2. 14-10, 3. 11-10, 4. 19-04
4
Davy Hite - 64-01
1. 15-3, 2. 10-10, 3. 19-4, 4. 19-00
5
Bradley Hallman - 63-05
1. 16-12, 2. 14-4, 3. 14-1, 4. 18-04
6
Brian Snowden - 61-12
1. 13-13, 2. 18-11, 3. 13-13, 4. 15-07
7
Kelly Jordan - 61-08
1. 17-13, 2. 12-5, 3. 13-10, 4. 17-12
8
Kevin VanDam - 59-15
1. 12-0, 2. 14-10, 3. 16-1, 4. 17-04
9
Aaron Martens - 56-07
1. 11-15, 2. 16-7, 3. 18-12, 4. 9-05
10
Dave Wolak - 55-04
1. 14-13, 2. 18-8, 3. 10-9, 4. 11-06
11
Ish Monroe - 53-02
1. 14-1, 2. 9-15, 3. 18-0, 4. 11-02
12
Grant Goldbeck - 52-11
1. 20-4, 2. 14-0, 3. 10-1, 4. 8-06

History & Notes;

Big Bass
Day 1 Grant Goldbeck – 8-07
Day 2 Dave Wolak – 6-08
Day 3 Steve Kennedy – 5-14
Day 4 Fred Roumbanis – 6-13

It was in the middle of May of 1993 that BASS held one of its most successful tournaments ever on Lake Murray. Texas’ David Wharton won that event with nearly 90 pounds of bass over four days. Most of the bass will be in a postspawn pattern by mid-May, but they’ll still be big and plentiful. Expect great catch rates and a bass or two in the double-digit range.