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SCANLON LEADS AFTER THREE AT BULL SHOALS

Posted by Z3 MEDIA TEAM on 04/21/2013

Bull Shoals, AR –  Despite ideal weather conditions that featured mostly cloudy skies, temperatures in the mid 60s, and light but noticeable winds, the third day of the Elite Series tournament on Arkansas’ Bull Shoals Lake proved to be the toughest on the 50 remaining competitors.  

Not a single angler was able to break the 15-pound mark on Sunday, and just three competitors cracked 14-pounds.   Greg Vinson, who led the first two rounds of competition, struggled on Sunday and brought a limit of Bull Shoals bass to the scales weighing just 5-12.  With a three day total weight of 36-1, Vinson finished the tournament in 23rd place.  

That opened the door for Kansas’ Casey Scanlon, who had been lurking near the top of the leaderboard on the first two days with limits weighing 14-13 and 15-5.  On Sunday, Scanlon’s 13-12 limit vaulted him to the top of the standings with just one day remaining and a total weight of 43-14.

Chasing Scanlon are two Florida pros, Terry Scroggins and Cliff Prince.  Scroggins finished the day in 2nd place with a day three limit weighing 13-9 for a total weight of 43-2.  He will enter Monday just 12-ounces behind Scanlon.  Prince finished the day in 3rd place with a total weight of 42-15 after crossing the stage with 14-11 on Sunday – the heaviest limit of the day.    

The 5 Day Three Facts from Bull Shoals:
Tournament: Bassmaster Elite Series (March 18-22)
Location:  Bull Shoals Lake – Bull Shoals, Arkansas 
1st Place: Casey Scanlon (14-13, 15-5, 13-12: 43-14)
12th Place: Chris Zaldain (37-14) 
Total weight separating 1st from 5th place: 3-7

1st Place: Casey Scanlon (14-13, 15-5, 13-12: 43-14)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I was fairly confident that I’d be able to catch a limit early just like I had on the first two days.  I did that, but the fish weren’t the same quality as they have been.”

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
“The day started off the same as the last two days where I had a limit by around 8:00 this morning, but the fish were a lot smaller today.  I had been saving a few areas that I went to today but they really didn’t pan out.  I think that it was more of a timing issue, because there was a period during the day where I didn’t get many bites.

“The fish just didn’t bite as well today as far as size goes.  It was a totally different bite and I lost a couple of fish that just came unbuttoned on the way back to the boat. I’m not looking at the fish that I’m catching and they’re off the bank a little bit.  I went in some pockets later in the day and looked shallow for about 45 minutes.  I caught a couple keepers, but they didn’t help me so I moved back out.  

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“The key moment for me today was when I went back to the spot that I started on at around 1:00.  I made two or three culls late in the day that really helped.  It seems like I couldn’t do anything wrong on the first two days and I’d catch fish wherever I pulled up.  The fish bit early and they bit late today, but I could barely get a bite during the middle of the day.  

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“The weather was really pretty good and I’m surprised that the fish didn’t bite better all day long.  We had some cloud cover with a little breeze, and that’s usually a recipe for catching a lot of fish on clear water lakes.  For some reason, it just didn’t happen today.

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I lost three fish today, but I feel like I made good decisions.  I’d be a lot more comfortable with a two or three pound lead, because there’s always the possibility for a 17- or 18-pound bag here.  We’ve only seen one 16-pound bag this week, but it can happen because it is springtime and you never know what’s going to swim up there and start eating.  If I went out there and caught between 15- and 15 ½-pounds tomorrow, I think that I’d have a pretty good chance.” 

2nd Place: Terry Scroggins (14-14, 14-11, 13-9: 43-2)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“Yesterday, I probably threw a limit of fish back that was as big as what I weighed-in today, and I also culled a bunch more as well.  I figured that I wouldn’t have trouble catching a limit.”
 
How would you summarize your day as a whole?
“It’s starting to get tough out there because the fish are moving to the banks.  I’m fishing deep, and I didn’t get nearly as many bites today as I had the last two days and the quality is starting to leave as well.  I had 13-9 today, but I struggled to get that weight.  Tomorrow, I’ll have to get to the bank when the sun gets up later in the day.

“I probably had about 40 or 50 bites, and I even threw three or four keepers back before I put one in the livewell because I didn’t want to take the chance of a small one dying and not being able to cull it.” 

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“The key for me today was fishing new water and not getting hung up on what I’ve been doing.  I’d say that 50% of the water that I fished today was new water for me this week.” 

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“I am kind of surprised that the bite changed so much in a one day period.  The water temperature is still in the mid 50s, so it’s not like it’s super hot out there.  When you’re not getting the bites out deep that you were getting before and you go to the bank and start seeing fish, you’re kind of like, “huh, something’s happening.’  It’s going to be a day of changes tomorrow.

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I lost a couple fish that just pulled off, so I don’t know if they would have helped me or not.  Other than that, I fished a pretty clean day today. These fish are so fat that they look like they’re fixing to pop.  They could explode at any time.” 

3rd Place: Cliff Prince (14-3, 14-1, 14-11: 42-15)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I really wasn’t expecting to catch 14-11, and I was just hoping to catch a limit.” 

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
“I had the best day today that I’ve had all week.  I don’t know what the weather is going to do tomorrow, but I’ve figured it out more and more as the week has gone on about how the fish are setting up with the wind.

“It was a struggle to catch a limit this morning and I was fearful that we had caught them all, but they’re still there.  I caught around 15 keepers over the course of the day.  I left my starting area around 11:00, and I caught two giant smallmouth.  After I caught those fish, I knew that I was on the right track.  When you catch a good one, those smallmouth pull and don’t quit.”  

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“The two big fish that I caught was definitely the key for me.” 

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“It would have to be the fact that I didn’t have any quality fish early in the morning and it was a struggle to decide what I needed to do.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I caught a small limit out of my starting area this morning, but I had decided to leave because I didn’t have any bigger ones.  Right about that time, I caught a 3-pounder.  I decided to stay a little longer and I ended up culling everything that I had.  It turned out to be the right decision.”  

4th Place: Cliff Pace (15-2, 14-12, 12-1: 41-15)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I’m actually a little ticked off that only had 12-pounds today.  In order to catch up on this lake, you really can’t trip because those 20-pound bags just don’t happen.  I had chipped it down yesterday and got close, but I gave it back today and I really wasn’t planning on doing that.

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
“I struggled really hard all day long.  I think that my fish are leaving where I’ve been catching them and they’re swimming to the bank.  I ended up going to the bank and sight fishing just to catch what I weighed-in.  I did that at around 12:00 when I could see them really well.  It got cloudy and the wind started blowing at around 1:00, so I caught my two best fish during that hour-long window.

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“I had one 12-inch spotted bass in the livewell with about 15 minutes remaining, and I caught one of my better fish on my last stop just blind fishing on the way to the check-in.  That fish really helped me.”

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“When fish are in a pre-spawn pattern, they’re still interested in eating.  They totally forget about eating when they get love making on the brain, and that is what’s starting to happen.  They want to get up in the sun and mill around and they’re very spooky and hard to catch.  Right now, they’re in that funk.  I think that it’s only in a part of the lake, but it’s unfortunately in the part of the lake that I’m fishing.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I did lose one fish today, but I’m not sure if I could have done anything.  The first day was really easy for me out there, yesterday was tougher, and today was the toughest.” 

5th Place: Jonathon VanDam (12-12-, 13-6, 14-5: 40-7)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I really wasn’t sure what to expect.  I caught them really well at the end of the day yesterday, so I thought that there was a chance that I’d catch them today as well.”

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
“I caught a couple keepers early, but then I struggled and caught a couple keepers in the afternoon.  I was only able to cull a few times throughout the day, so it wasn’t a terrible day but I wasn’t lighting the world on fire.”

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“Late in the day, I made a little adjustment and I caught a 3-pound largemouth.  That was my saving grace.”

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“The biggest surprise for me was just how many fish are still in the areas that I’m fishing.  I went in an area where I got a couple bites and then I left.  When I went back in there later, there were hundreds of them.”

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“My decision making has been good.  The only execution issue that I’ve had this week was on day one when I broke off a 3 ½-pounder at the boat because I got a little bit ahead of myself. Other than that, my execution has been great.”  

DAY THREE STANDINGS

 

Place PRO ANGLER
Day 1Day 2Day 3 Total Fish Total Weight
FishWeightFishWeightFishWeight
1 Casey Scanlon 5 14-13 5 15- 5 5 13-12 15 43-14
2 Terry Scroggins 5 14-14 5 14-11 5 13- 9 15 43- 2
3 Cliff Prince 5 14- 3 5 14- 1 5 14-11 15 42-15
4 Cliff Pace 5 15- 2 5 14-12 5 12- 1 15 41-15
5 Jonathon VanDam 5 12-12 5 13- 6 5 14- 5 15 40- 7
6 Fred Roumbanis 5 14- 0 5 14- 0 5 12- 7 15 40- 7
7 Britt Myers 5 13- 5 5 14- 6 5 12-11 15 40- 6
8 Brian Snowden 5 14- 8 5 13- 5 5 11-12 15 39- 9
9 Casey Ashley 5 13-13 5 12- 6 5 13- 5 15 39- 8
10 Greg Hackney 5 13-11 5 12- 0 5 13- 1 15 38-12
11 Jason Christie 5 14-15 5 11- 8 5 12- 1 15 38- 8
12 Chris Zaldain 5 14- 0 5 13- 9 5 10- 5 15 37-14
13 Skeet Reese 5 15-13 5 10-14 5 11- 0 15 37-11
14 Stephen Kennedy 5 10- 3 5 13-13 5 13-10 15 37-10
15 Aaron Martens 5 12- 2 5 13- 3 5 12- 5 15 37-10
16 Jami Fralick 5 11-12 5 11- 5 5 14- 8 15 37- 9
17 Gerald Swindle 5 13- 2 5 12- 8 5 11- 8 15 37- 2
18 Jason Williamson 5 11- 9 5 13- 2 5 12- 7 15 37- 2
19 Kevin VanDam 5 13- 9 5 9-13 5 13- 8 15 36-14
20 Jeremy Starks 5 14- 3 5 12- 3 5 10- 3 15 36- 9
21 Byron Haseotes 5 13-13 5 11-10 5 10-15 15 36- 6
22 Morizo Shimizu 5 9-13 5 13-10 5 12-13 15 36- 4
23 Greg Vinson 5 16-13 5 13- 8 5 5-12 15 36- 1
24 Shaw E Grigsby 5 12- 5 5 11-13 5 11-14 15 36- 0
25 Edwin Evers 5 11-10 5 10-12 5 13- 9 15 35-15
26 James Elam 5 13- 2 5 9- 5 5 13- 6 15 35-13
27 Pete Ponds 5 13-11 5 14-11 5 7- 6 15 35-12
28 Scott Ashmore 5 13-11 5 11- 3 5 10-13 15 35-11
29 Gary Klein 5 13- 5 5 10-11 5 11- 9 15 35- 9
30 Paul Elias 5 12- 5 5 10- 3 5 12-14 15 35- 6
31 Bradley Roy 5 13-15 5 10- 2 5 11- 4 15 35- 5
32 Nate Wellman 5 11-15 5 11-13 5 11- 9 15 35- 5
33 Hank Cherry 5 11-13 5 11- 9 5 11- 9 15 34-15
34 J Todd Tucker 5 12- 6 5 13- 0 5 9- 2 15 34- 8
35 Boyd Duckett 5 11- 9 5 11- 2 5 11-13 15 34- 8
36 Michael Iaconelli 5 12- 8 5 13- 4 5 8- 9 15 34- 5
37 Stephen Browning 5 13-12 5 9- 6 5 11- 2 15 34- 4
38 Cliff Pirch 5 11- 7 5 11- 7 5 11- 3 15 34- 1
39 Matt Reed 5 11- 4 5 11-14 5 10-10 15 33-12
40 James Niggemeyer 5 11- 8 5 13- 0 5 9- 1 15 33- 9
41 Ishama Monroe 5 11- 9 5 15- 8 3 5-10 13 32-11
42 Matt Greenblatt 5 13- 9 5 9- 0 5 9-15 15 32- 8
43 Mark Davis 5 12- 4 5 10- 1 5 10- 0 15 32- 5
44 Jeff Kriet 5 11- 5 5 12-12 5 7-15 15 32- 0
45 Brent Chapman 5 14- 9 5 9- 9 4 7- 7 14 31- 9
46 Jared Lintner 5 11-10 5 12- 2 5 7-10 15 31- 6
47 Todd Faircloth 5 13- 3 5 11- 7 3 5- 9 13 30- 3
48 Randy Howell 5 14-15 5 8-10 4 6- 4 14 29-13
49 Dennis Tietje 5 12-13 5 13-11 1 2- 0 11 28- 8
50 Charlie Hartley 5 11-15 5 10- 6 4 4-12 14 27- 1