February 25, 2007
Classic Update: VanDam Takes Day-Two Lead
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
From The Birmingham News
A huge rally by two-time Bassmaster Classic winner Kevin VanDam on Saturday put him atop a 10-man logjam for today's final round of the world championship of bass fishing on Lay Lake.
Weather permitting, the 25 remaining anglers were to leave at 7 this morning with VanDam leading 10th-place angler Randy Howell of Springville by just 51⁄2 pounds.
If Van Dam holds on he would become only the second angler to win more than two Classics.
VanDam busted the scales with a 19-pound-plus catch to jump from 19th to first Saturday. Also improving was California's Skeet Reese, who moved from third to second and Florida's Terry Scroggins moved from fifth to third.
Here's ESPN's Unofficial Bassmaster Classic Top Five as of 8:57 AM CST on Day Three (Today):
1. Kevin VanDam 42-3
2. Boyd Duckett 41-5
3. Terry McWilliams 38-9
4. Dean Rojas 35-6
5. Mike Iaconelli 34-9