Kevin VanDam wins knockout round on Major League Pro Tour Fishing Bass tour. B&W Trailer Shifts to Stage Four at Chickamauga Lake
The six-day tournament, hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic & Tourism Council, brought together 80 of the best professional fishermen from around the world competing for a purse of $ 805,000, including a cash prize of $ 100,000 for the winner .
The top eight pros from Tuesday’s knockout round that will compete in Wednesday’s championship round on Chickamauga Lake are:
1st: Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mi., 18 basses, 46-6
2nd: Jordan Lee, Cullman, Al., 14 bass, 45-12
3rd: Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tennessee, 15 basses, 39-15
4th: Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ar., 16 bass, 38-10
5th: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tennessee, 14 basses, 38-1
6th: Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 13 basses, 36-15
7th: Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, SC, 13 basses, 36-4
8th: Casey Ashley, Donalds, SC, 12 basses, 33-9
They will be joined by the winners of the qualifying round:
Group A: Jason Lambert, Michie, Tennessee.
Group B: Shinichi Fukae, Osaka, Japan
Full results for the entire domain can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
“Today was a really good knockout round for me,” said VanDam, who qualified for his first championship round of the season.
“It started out pretty slow, but I made a good decision and started moving around a bit. I had a few fish on the SCORETRACKER, and once it happened I knew if I stuck to my game plan I could make it today. There we go, we move on to the championship round and I couldn’t be more excited.
VanDam said he was fishing the way he liked to fish this week – on the banks of the Tennessee River.
“It’s my favorite way to fish. I love ledge fishing. It’s something I’ve had a lot of experience in and had great success with along the Tennessee River,” said VanDam. “I” I have a whole crank system that I built around this with Lew’s. We have a whole new set of rods and reels for this, and that’s what I use. I do what I trust the most. I’m pretty dang dialed this week and understand the timing of these fish and how they move.
“There are a lot of things changing by the minute, though, and that’s why you see the diversity of a lot of guys,” VanDam continued. “It will be a shootout tomorrow. It will be a really fun day to watch as a fishing fan. I fish against some of the best guys in the world at this type of fishing. It’s going to come down to fireworks, and hopefully I’ll be in contention at the end and can make it happen. The last time we were here in Chickamauga for the Bass Pro Tour I didn’t have a big event so I can’t wait to rectify that with this one.
Reigning Angler of the Year Jordan Lee is also competing in his first championship round on the Bass Pro Tour this season. Although he didn’t disclose any actual details, he did say that it consisted of two main baits and specifically mentioned a hair jig.
“I had a good gust this morning and went out in the lead and then I kind of had a lull for a couple of hours in the middle of the day,” Lee said. “This afternoon I caught two that really sealed the deal for me. I caught them on two main baits, using my new line of Abu Garcia rods that I released this summer. I am really excited about them. They are affordable and they have very good blanks. This is what I used, just dragging stuff like a hair template.
“I’m so excited to be going back tomorrow,” Lee continued. “This is my first final cup of the year, and I can’t wait to see what happens.”
The first 40 were completed by:
11th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tn., 12 basses, 32-13, $ 10,000
12: Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ar., 14 basses, 32-9, $ 10,000
13th: Edwin Evers, Talala, Ok., 12 basses, 32-4, $ 10,000
14th: Dustin Connell, Clanton, Al., 10 basses, 30-2, $ 10,000
15: Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Al., 10 basses, 28-12, $ 10,000
16th: Greg Vinson, Wetumpka, Al., 11 bass, 28-11, $ 10,000
17: Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tn., 12 basses, 28-10, $ 10,000
18th: Matt Becker, Finleyville, Pa., Eight basses, 27-15, $ 10,000
19th: Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wa., 10 basses, 27-4, $ 10,000
20th: Matt Lee, Cullman, Al., Nine double bass, 26-4, $ 10,000
21: Bradley Roy, Lexington, Ky., Seven basses, 25-14, $ 10,000
22: Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Al., Seven basses, 24-9, $ 10,000
23: Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif., Six basses, 18-2, $ 10,000
24: Takahiro Omori, Tokyo, Japan, six basses, 17-10, $ 10,000
25: Mark Rose, Wynne, Ar., Five basses, 17-9, $ 10,000
26: Bryan Thrift, Shelby, NC, seven basses, 16-13, $ 10,000
27: Britt Myers, Lake Wylie, SC, four double basses, 15-7, $ 10,000
28th: Shaw Grigsby, Gainesville, Fla., Five basses, 14-10, $ 10,000
29: James Elam, Tulsa, Ok., Five basses, 14-9, $ 10,000
30: Terry Scroggins, San Mateo, Fla., Five basses, 14-7, $ 10,000
31: Zack Birge, Blanchard, Ok., Six basses, 13-7, $ 10,000
32nd: Cliff Pace, Petal, Ms., five basses, 12-8, $ 10,000
33rd: Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tennessee, five basses, 11-12, $ 10,000
34th: Roy Hawk, Lake Havasu City, Az., Four double basses, 11-4, $ 10,000
35th: Josh Bertrand, Queen Creek, Az., Three basses, 8-11, $ 10,000
36th: Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas, three basses, 7-7, $ 10,000
37th: Russ Lane, Prattville, Al., Three basses, 7-3, $ 10,000
38th: Todd Faircloth, Jasper, Texas, three basses, 7-0, $ 10,000
39th: Randy Howell, Guntersville, Al., One bass, 4-2, $ 10,000
40th: Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ar., Zero bass, 0-0, $ 10,000
In total, there were 312 bars weighing 871 pounds, 12 ounces captured by 37 pros on Tuesday.
Favorite fishing pro Matt Becker took home the $ 1,000 Berkley Big Bass award on Tuesday, catching an 8-pound, 12-ounce big mouth on a Ned rig in period 2. Berkley will award 1,000 $ to the fisherman who $ 3,000 bonus to the fisherman who weighs the biggest bass of the tournament.
The MLF Bass Pro Tour B&W Trailer Hits Stage Four at Lake Chickamauga presented by ATG by Wrangler is hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic & Tourism Council.
The 40 anglers from Group A took part in their two-day qualifying round on Friday and Sunday – the 40 anglers from Group B on Saturday and Monday. After the two-day qualifying round, anglers who finished between 2nd and 20th place in both groups advanced to Tuesday’s knockout round, while the winner of each group qualified directly for the Wednesday’s championship round. In the playoff round, the weights were zeroed and the remaining 38 anglers competed for a top 8 finish to advance to the championship round. Tomorrow, on the last day of the championship, the weights are reset to zero and the highest total on a day wins.
The last 10 anglers will take off from the Dayton Boat Dock, located at 175 Lakeshore Street in Dayton, at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. General Tire’s take-out and championship time will also be held at the Dayton Boat Dock, starting at 3:30 p.m. Fans are invited to attend all take-off and take-out ceremonies and are encouraged to follow along as well. online event throughout the day on MLF NOW! live broadcast and SCORETRACKER coverage on MajorLeagueFishing.com.
The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the world’s top professional anglers – joined at every event by 4 qualified pros from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – competing in seven regular-season tournaments across the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters All-Star Event and the 2022 REDCREST Championship.
MLF NOW! The broadcast crew of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and JT Kenney will detail the extended action of the final day of competition Wednesday from 7.45 am to 3:30 pm MLF NOW! will be broadcast live on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.
Television coverage of the fourth stage of the B&W trailer presented by Wrangler at Chickamauga Lake will be presented through two two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. on October 9 on the Discovery Channel. New episodes of the MLF air every Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional reruns on the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel. Each two hour reality-based episode goes in depth to break down each day of competition.
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