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2008 Elite Series - Sunshine Showdown

Preview

The last time the Bassmaster tour came here was in November 2006 when Ben Matsubu won a three-day Bassmaster Elite Series Wild-Card Qualifier with 40 pounds, 15 ounces. In February 2005, Peter Thliveros won the Florida CITGO Bassmaster Tour event with a four-day total of 69 pounds, 5 ounces.

Thoughts coming in predicting some 30-pound bags from the Bassmaster Elite Series Sunshine Showdown, which begins Thursday on the Harris Chain of Lakes.

Tour Review

Day 3 report

Heavy winds, rains, and unpredictable conditions were not hard to find on the Harris Chain of lakes. The few that were able to find consistency had no problem making it to the top of the standings. But those Elite anglers were few and far between. Kevin talks about his near misses in some of the audio clips to the right. Perhaps one or two of those hawgs could have moved him from the 30’s, to the top 12.

Day 1 rain report

Day 1 stats – 109 anglers, 92 limits, 8 fours, 6 threes, 2 twos, 1 one.

Anglers started the day on Leesburg, Florida’s Harris Chain under clear skies and cool temperatures; however, the afternoon rolled in with thunderstorms and heavy rain…and more is on the way for Friday.

High pressure promised to be the acellies heel of day one. The pressure was from the wads of anglers congregated amid the Chain’s miles of canals in search of spawning bass. Some found them in practice, and hoped for a good boat draw while others opted for other plans – most of which were to say away from the “lookers.”

Charlie Hartley and Glenn DeLong both fished with equipment borrowed from other anglers after their boats, which were parked next to each other, were ravaged by thieves earlier in the week.

Day 1 preview

“I don’t think it will be near that much,” VanDam said as he made the last-minute adjustments to his boat before Day One of the Sunshine Showdown. “It’s hard out there.”
KVD when asked about a reported 75 pound tournament total in Florida

“There is a ton of dead water out there,” Van Dam said. “There are a few spots that have fish, and I think there’s going to be a lot of guys fishing close.”

2008 Elite Series - Sunshine Showdown
Harris Chain of Lakes, Leesburg, Florida
Mar 6 - Mar 9, 2008

Leaderboard

1
Mike Mcclelland - 59-02
1. 15-13, 2. 15-4, 3. 13-01, 4. 15-0
2
Brian Snowden - 54-0
1. 17-3, 2. 20-0, 3. 16-13, 4. 0-0
3
Bobby Lane - 53-4
1. 7-6, 2. 26-9, 3. 8-11, 4. 10-10
4
Chris Lane - 52-10
1. 11-04, 2. 10-03, 3. 19-12, 4. 11-7
5
Dean Rojas - 48-13
1. 18-12, 2. 10-11, 3. 13-09, 4. 6-7
6
Steve Kennedy - 48-7
1. 12-08, 2. 9-0, 3. 16-09, 4. 10-6
7
Rick Ash - 44-10
1. 15-12, 2. 14-12, 3. 6-08, 4. 7-10
8
Todd Faircloth - 44-7
1. 11-13, 2. 15-03, 3. 7-15, 4. 9-8
9
Morizu Shimizu - 43-12
1. 11-01, 2. 14-13, 3. 11-05, 4. 6-9
10
Bradley Hallman - 42-15
1. 12-15, 2. 11-15, 3. 10-01, 4. 8-0
11
Mark Menendez - 42-6
1. 10-4, 2. 24-9, 3. 4-04, 4. 3-5
12
Kenyon Hill - 35-05
1. 11-04, 2. 11, 3. 13-01, 4. 0-0
31
Kevin VanDam - 30-01
1. 9-2, 2. 12-13, 3. 8-02

History & Notes;

Big Bass
Day 1: Bill Lowen 10-6
Day 2: Jim Murray 9-08
Day 3: Chris Lane 6-12
Day 4: Todd Faircloth 4-13

Day 2: Guy Eaker, the circuit’s oldest angler (68), caught 17-05 today to move up 16 places into 10th. He’s never made an Elite Series Top 12. “I’d like to make the Classic one more time, and if I could do that, I might quit. It’d be something to be the oldest guy to ever fish it.”

BASS last visited the Harris Chain in early February 2005 when Peter Thliveros won the Bassmaster Tour event with a 4-day total of 69 pounds, 5 ounces. He took the top spot by slowly working a spinnerbait through canal intersections in search of spawning largemouth.