When all was said and done it was Kevin VanDam, the king of bass fishing, whom once again reigned supreme at the Bassmaster Classic winning his 4th such title.
I spent yesterday reading all the updates I could find while the anglers were out on the water. There was an outstanding live blog on the Bassmaster website that kept readers in the know with the day’s happenings. Twitter and Facebook were also valuable sources of information. As the anglers were headed back to the dock there were all sorts of reports of bags approaching, and possibly surpassing, 30lbs. It was pretty exciting stuff and I could not wait for the weigh-in.
Now, I had somehow forgotten the final weigh-in would be Sunday night when I agreed to go to a friend’s for dinner. Fortunately, I have awesome friends and they didn’t mind that I brought along my computer and was glued to the screen for the entire weigh-in.
Large bags and large fish made for a heck of a great show. Getting down to the Super Six was suspenseful and as each angler took the stage I held my breath to see what would happen next. At this point I should mention that Dave Mercer did an incredible job as the host. He put so much into the show that he was losing his voice by the end of the night!
And finally, it was Kevin VanDam’s turn. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone look so confident that he had the event tied up. After putting on a bit of a show pulling the fish out of the live-well (much to my pleasure and I’m sure many other fans), he handed off those fish and waited for the weight to register…which it did at 28lbs. Talk about a dominating performance. He beat Aaron Martens by over 10lbs!
This was the first fishing tournament I have actually followed. I read all the articles I could find, follow the tweets and the Facebook updates and watched the weigh-in live every night. And now I’m hooked. I never thought a fishing tournament could be such a spectator event but I was wrong. What a great way to spend the weekend.