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2009 Elite Series - Dixie Duel

Preview

Wheeler offers a wide variety of terrific bass habitat, from the riverine waters of its upper end to the stump flats and weedbeds of its middle section to the step banks and long points near the dam. In April, it should present an interesting dilemma for the Elite Series anglers. Do they stay shallow (perhaps sight fishing) and target big prespawn largemouth or go deeper and fish more stable waters for big bronzebacks?

Tour Review

Sunday to be the final day of fishing, per BASS

SUNDAY MORNING, BASS MADE THE DECISION THAT TODAY WILL BE THE FINAL DAY OF THE WHEELER LAKE ELITE SERIES EVENT.

Top 50 to fish Sunday, top 12 to finish on Monday?

The giant wildcard right now in the Dixie Duel is the cut. Typically after a cancellation(as happened on Friday), the Top 12 fish the final day. But in a break from tradition, BASS will launch the Top 50 today (Sunday), with the Top 12 perhaps to fish Monday.

Monday’s weather forecast, however, calls for potentially scary conditions – the same conditions that caused the day-2 cancellation (heavy west winds pushing against a heavy east-flowing current). BASS said it will decide Sunday whether to end the event after tomorrow’s weigh-in, or retain the Top 12 anglers to fish Monday.

The tournament could therefore be decided Sunday or Monday.

Dixie Duel extended

After cancelling a day in the week prior’s tounament, this week BASS decided to extend the Dixie Duel to Monday (after Friday’s action was put on hold). The full field moved to Saturday(day 2). With the top 50 on Sunday, and the finals on Monday.

from ESPN:
“Several pros noted their frustration with the lack of consistency regarding the cut. Last week at Dardanelle, for example, day 3 was cancelled. Only the Top 12 fished the final day. This week, BASS retained the full field on day 3, and is unsure for now about how or when the event will end.”

Day 1 weigh-in downpour

DECATUR, Ala. — How do you describe the downpour at Thursday’s first-round weigh-in of the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel at Ingalls Harbor.

“The most intense weigh-in that I’ve ever seen in 19 years of tournaments,” Tournament Director Trip Weldon said.

Though the weigh-in began with only a few sprinkles, in between the third and final flights, the skies unloaded. Lightning flashed and rain sloshed across fishermen and spectators in a horizontal flood.

More than an inch of rain fell in less than 30 minutes, and Weldon eventually called a 15-minute halt to the proceedings until the squall line moved past.

In what must have been the quickest weigh-in in BASS history, anglers and their catches were hurried across the tournament stage. The weigh-in, which can run near two hours, started at 5 p.m. ET and was over by 6.

Never have so many pros had so little to say.

2009 Elite Series - Dixie Duel
Wheeler Lake, Decatur, Alabama
Apr 2 - Apr 5, 2009

Leaderboard

1
Tommy Biffle - 33-9
1. 17-8, 2. 16-1
2
Takahiro Omori - 33-9
1. 17-8, 2. 16-1
3
Bradley Hallman - 30-14
1. 13-1, 2. 17-13
4
Mark Tucker - 30-0
1. 11-9, 2. 18-7
5
Michael Iaconelli - 29-13
1. 17-1, 2. 12-12
6
Todd Faircloth - 29-13
1. 14-15, 2. 14-14
7
Rick Morris - 28-12
1. 16-13, 2. 11-15
8
Edwin Evers - 28-12
1. 13-6, 2. 15-6
9
Randy Howell - 28-14
1. 16-6, 2. 11-14
10
Gary Klein - 28-3
1. 14-0, 2. 14-13
11
Stephen Browning - 27-15
1. 11-11, 2. 16-4
12
Mark Menendez - 27-1
1. 16-1, 2. 11-0
49
Kevin VanDam - 22-4
1. 12-2, 2. 10-2

History & Notes;

Big Bass
Day 2 Shaw E Grigsby — 7-2