Thursday, September 13, 2007
Updated: September 14, 8:02 AM ET
Angler of the Year chase updates
Skeet Reese, Kevin VanDam photos
Angler of the Year standings
KISSIMMEE, Fla. ESPNOutdoors.com cameramen James Overstreet and Doug Cox are following Skeet Reese and Kevin VanDam as they battle for the Angler of the Year title in the final Elite Series event of the season, the Sunshine Showdown presented by Allstate Boat Insurance.
Providing cell phone coverage, they will call in with reports from the water as they watch Reese try to win his first AOY title while KVD tries to erase his 107-point deficit. Cox is in a boat shadowing Reese, and Overstreet is watching VanDam; both are taking photos which will appear on ESPNOutdoors.com.
2:15 p.m. ET
Kevin VanDam has not caught a fish since the last report, but he did move back to the area where he began the morning. There are a few clouds and little wind. When KVD broke his flipping stick trying to land a nice-size bass from the bullrushes an hour earlier, he suffered puncture wounds on the back of his left hand and forearm. The wounds continued to bleed. VanDam is almost done for the day, as his check-in is at 2:50 p.m.
2:10 p.m. ET
Reese has not caught three or four non-keepers this afternoon. He's switching between flipping, a Carolina rig and throwing a crankbait. He moved to three different areas in the last hour and half as his check-in time nears. His estimated weight remains at between 8 and 9 pounds.
1:15 p.m. ET
Kevin VanDam culled his second fish around 12:40 p.m. Ten minutes later, he snapped his flipping stick trying to pull a fish from the bullrushes. He is estimated to have around 10 pounds.
1:10 p.m. ET
Reese has not caught any keepers in the past two hours, as the bite has slowed tremendously. He is making his way back into Lake Toho.
12:20 p.m. ET
Kevin VanDam moved into Lake Cypress and began to flip to bullrushes and grass.
11:30 a.m. ET
No news from Reese as the bite has slowed down. Reese remains between 8 and 9 pounds.
10:20 a.m. ET
VanDam moves from Lake Toho to Lake Tiger. KVD has changed tactics to flipping and pitching heavy vegetation.
10:06 p.m. ET
Kevin VanDam culled a fish and increased his weight to about 9 pounds.
9:10 a.m. ET
Reese has filled his limit — and has approximately 8 pounds.
9:07 a.m. ET
Reese catches third and fourth keepers, and has about 7 pounds total.
9:07 a.m. ET
VanDam catches fifth keeper — about 2 1/2 pounds — for an estimated total of 8 to 9 pounds.
9:00 a.m. ET
VanDam catches fourth keeper, about 1 1/2 pounds.
Skeet, who is throwing a Carolina rig, has two keepers in the boat, approximately 3 pounds.
8:38 a.m. ET
VanDam catches third keeper, little more than a pound. As far as baits, VanDam is throwing the "kitchen sink."
8:20 a.m. ET
VanDam, with four other Elite anglers within 100 yards, catches second keeper, about 2 pounds. Scott Rook, Casey Ashley, Davy Hite and Kevin Wirth are all fishing the same area as VanDam.
8:05 a.m. ET
Reese, who made the trek to Lake Kissimmee, catches his first fish, but it's not a keeper.
7:28 a.m. ET
VanDam stayed in Lake Toho and catches first fish, about 1 pound.
Live, streaming video of the Sunshine Showdown's daily weigh-ins and realtime leaderboards begin Thursday through Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPNOutdoors.com. Also live on ESPNOutdoors.com, "Hooked Up" with Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders airs at 8 a.m., 10 and noon with the full pre-weigh-in show at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, leading into the live weigh-in and real-time leaderboard at approximately 3:45.