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2009 Elite Series Postseason #1

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the first Postseason in BASS history kicks off with the top 12 anglers in the world gunning for the top spot

Tour Review

KVD on day 2

Kevin VanDam let his narrow lead over Skeet Reese slip away Saturday, forcing him to play catch up Sunday on a lake where making up five pounds is very, very difficult to do. “Today was definitely a lot better than yesterday, but it’s just so hard to come back from that kind of day when it’s so hard to get quality bites,” he said.

“I had a pretty good day, but yesterday’s missed opportunities are going to cost me big.”

VanDam said that his limited experience at Jordan has shown him that finding quality fish is made even more difficult given the competition smaller fish provide. “I really like this lake, and felt really good after practice, but wasn’t ever able to connect during the tournament,” he said.

“The fish group up so tight together here that a lot of times you’ll get the two-and-a-half-pounder to bite in front of the four-pounder. I saw them swimming up with a fish I’d hooked a number of times today, but that’s just how it goes.”

VanDam knows that while he did make up some ground Sunday, he’s still got a lot of real estate to cover at the Alabama River. “I missed a few more big ones today because they just weren’t taking the bait very good,” he said.

“When you’re making up a deficit every bite counts, and that’s the position that I was in all day.”

Day 2 report, 2 days left

KVD came back as he almost always does after a disappointing day. Lost fish dominated his day 1, but he put 14-08 on the scales today, which moved him up a spot to finish 6th. The difference, he said, was he got his bites in the boat.

“Some days you get out there and nothing goes your way,” VanDam noted. “(That’s) the way it was yesterday – one of those days you dread having. You just have to deal with it and fish through it. Today was a little better. They got me yesterday, but I got a little redemption on them today.”

As for the AOY race, VanDam felt beforehand that the winner would need to have “4 real solid days,” but so far he’s 1 for 2. What makes it especially difficult, he added, is that under this format you have to fish to win, which also means there’s the likelihood of a strikeout. “You go out there and try to hit it out of the park. You don’t go for singles. That’s what I’m going to do (this week).”

Sunday AM report 8:43am

Keith Alan reports that they’ve just found KVD in the New Lake area and he has three in the box.

That’s a big change from yesterday when it took him most of the day to get that many.

We all knew that VanDamage would not go quietly in this tournament. But it certainly seemed that way yesterday.

With something to work with this morning, his confidence has to be soaring at the moment

KVD's take on day 1

“Today was a big time struggle. From practice I felt like I had a pretty good idea of what to do, but basically everything that could’ve gone wrong did. I just really struggled the first half of the day, but I ended up salvaging the day and caught a limit.

“I just had a huge crowd with me all day, which was awesome, but all of the wake that they generated really changed the fishing. It does make it challenging, and eliminates a lot of options.

“The reality is that the difference between having a mediocre day and a really good day is so close at this lake that it’s unreal. I saw what I needed to see, but things just didn’t work to my favor today. It’s easy to overcome the kind of day I had today in a four-day event, but in two days it’s really tough.”

As a rule, KVD attracts the most spectators, and today was no different – he had 25 boats with him this morning. Always gracious, he called out the fans, thanked them, and tipped his hat to the hallowed bass grounds of Alabama.

Still, he all but died with his deep bite, then eventually bailed and scrambled to catch what he described as a “fortunate” but “mediocre” 11 pounds.

“It’s going to be a shootout,” he added, in reference to the points and tomorrow’s fishing. “This is a good lake. You just have to capitalize on those opportunities when you get them. I didn’t do that today. I knew that going in, but it was just one of those things. Hopefully they’ll be a little nicer to me tomorrow.”

In other words, VanDam lost fish today – perhaps confirmation of what Howell said, that the deep fish were biting “funny.”

Weather forecast for Sunday:
Sun., Sept. 13 – T-Showers – 84°/69°
Wind: From the E at 7 mph

Race tightens

After the 1st day of postseason fishing, KVD slips to second place. Skeet Reese did just enough to overtake VanDam and take a six-point advantage in the AOY standings over the hard-charging Biffle, who pushed himself into a tie with VanDam for second with 230 points.

2009 Elite Series Postseason #1
Lake Jordan, Wetumpka, Alabama
Sep 13 - Sep 14, 2009

Leaderboard

1
Michael Iaconelli - 28-15
1. 14-2, 2. 14-3
2
Michael Iaconelli - 28-15
1. 14-2, 2. 14-3
3
Skeet Reese - 27-9
1. 12-6, 2. 15-3
4
Skeet Reese - 27-9
1. 12-6, 2. 15-3
5
Tommy Biffle - 27-8
1. 15-0, 2. 12-8
6
Tommy Biffle - 27-8
1. 15-0, 2. 12-8
7
Randy Howell - 26-15
1. 11-5, 2. 15-10
8
Randy Howell - 26-15
1. 11-5, 2. 15-10
9
Gerald Swindle - 25-7
1. 12-10, 2. 12-13
10
Gerald Swindle - 25-7
1. 12-10, 2. 12-13
11
Kevin VanDam - 25-6
1. 10-15, 2. 14-8
12
Kevin VanDam - 25-6
1. 10-15, 2. 14-8
13
Cliff Pace - 24-12
1. 12-14, 2. 11-14
14
Cliff Pace - 24-12
1. 12-14, 2. 11-14
15
Todd Faircloth - 24-2
1. 10-11, 2. 13-7
16
Todd Faircloth - 24-2
1. 10-11, 2. 13-7
17
Mark Menendez - 23-14
1. 10-11, 2. 13-7
18
Mark Menendez - 23-14
1. 10-11, 2. 13-7
19
Alton Jones - 23-0
1. 9-7, 2. 13-9
20
Alton Jones - 23-0
1. 9-7, 2. 13-9
21
Gary Klein - 21-12
1. 10-1, 2. 11-11
22
Gary Klein - 21-12
1. 10-1, 2. 11-11
23
Kelly Jordan - 13-14
1. 4-1, 2. 9-13
24
Kelly Jordan - 13-14
1. 4-1, 2. 9-13

History & Notes;

Big Bass
day 1 – Mike Iaconelli 4-11
day 1 – Mike Iaconelli 4-3

AOY Standings:
1. Skeet Reese 249
2. Kevin VanDam 233
3. Michael Iaconelli 225
4. Tommy Biffle 220
5. Randy Howell 216
6. Alton Jones 214
7. Gerald Swindle 206
8. Cliff Pace 202
8. Todd Faircloth 202
10. Mark Menendez 199
11. Gary Klein 192
11. Kelly Jordon 192