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2007 Pride of Georgia


After big weights ruled the first three events of the Series — including two anglers topping the previous record for total weight in the last tournament — anglers were predicting a tournament to be determined on matters of ounces on the eve of the Pride of Georgia.

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Pride of Georgia 07 recap

Hear Kevin’s reaction to the Pride of Georgia Elite Series tourney, 2007:
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Kevin just misses the cut: day 2

Kevin finds himself in an unfamiliar position on day 3: the sidelines.

KVD did rebound after a tough day 1, with a solid 14-12 haul on day 2. Kevin also lost what looked to be a 5 pounder off his line as he pulled it up onto his boat. That fish may have been the difference between keeping Kevin in the Pride of Georgia, and having him narrowly miss the top 50 cut for day 3.

Updates from KVD will be posted here as we get his reaction about this weekend in Georgia.

KVD's thoughts after a tough day 1

Kevin reported “high, bluebird skies” and a slick water surface on a fishery that was expected to be comparatively difficult to begin with.

Cloud cover has Kevin’s chances looking up for day 2: “I had my chances (yesterday),” VanDam said. “It just came down to executing. A lot of it had to do with the conditions, and how I was trying to catch them. I feel a lot better today.”

Rough Day 1 in Georgia

The leaderboard from Clarks Hill Lake has some new names on it after day 1. The lake conditions were warm, calm, and sunny today, with a light south wind at times. The field of anglers struggled to figure out what worked best on day 1. Kevin caught 4 of the 5 fish limit. KVD will look to learn from day 1, keep his calm and make a run on Friday.

2007 Pride of Georgia
Clarks Hill Lake, Evans, Georgia
Apr 19 - Apr 22, 2007


Mike Mcclelland - 70-7
Chris Lane - 69-0
Pete Ponds - 66-1
John Crews - 61-1
Derek Remitz - 59-9
Skeet Reese - 58-12
Bryan Hudgins - 58-6
Casey Ashley - 57-9
Kevin Short - 56-9
Fred Roumbanis - 56-7
Aaron Martens - 54-5
Ishama Monroe - 52-13
Kevin VanDam - 22-7

History & Notes;

  • In 1973, Clarks Hill hosted the third Bassmaster Classic. Rayo Breckenridge won the tournament with a three-day, 30-bass total of 52 pounds, 8 ounces.
  • Between the 1973 Classic and the 2005 Tour event, BASS visited Clarks Hill only twice — for the 1974 All-American and the 1975 Federation Nation Championship.

07 Pride Big Bass
Day 1: Edwin Evers – 8-2
Day 2: Brent Chapman – 8-5
Day 3: Ish Monroe – 7-10
Day 4: Mike Mcclelland – 5-13

Elite series standings entering the Pride of Georgia:
1 Kevin VanDam 52-15 100.00%
2 Skeet Reese 50-03 94.81%
3 Jared Lintner 46-15 88.67%
4 Steve Kennedy 45-13 86.54%
5 Tommy Biffle 44-07 83.94%