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Friday, September 14, 2007
Angler of the Year chase updates Day Two

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Skeet Reese, Kevin VanDam photos
Angler of the Year standings

Skeet Reese fishes a bridge piling on Day One with no success as the conditions are difficult.
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.

2:30 p.m. ET
Skeet Reese is still on Lake Kissimmee.

2:28 p.m. ET
Kevin VanDam has moved northward, back toward where he began the day, and is throwing a variety of baits.

1:52 p.m. ET
Skeet Reese has moved from Kissimmee Canal to Lake Kissimmee to do some flipping.

1:35 p.m. ET
Kevin VanDam lost one good fish on Tiger Creek. No change, otherwise, so far.

11:25 a.m. ET
Skeet Reese has moved several times in the canal, missing a decent fish, but he has not culled.

11:20 a.m. ET
Kevin VanDam locked through from Lake Toho to Lake Cypress, where he has yet to find success flipping and pitching the bullrushes. He set the hook on one fish but missed.

10:20 a.m. ET
After moving to the Kissimmee canal at around 9:50, Skeet Reese has culled two times in the past 15 minutes, catching two on a crankbait. He missed on a third keeper, losing it at the boat as it slipped out of his hands and came off the hook. He's estimated to have at least 8 pounds.

10:10 a.m. ET
Kevin VanDam hasn't caught another keeper, although he's caught several smaller fish. He continues to switch baits and remains in the same area.

9:10 a.m. ET
A flurry of activity gives Skeet Reese his limit. He caught his third fish as 8:58, his fourth came at 9:04 and his fifth was 9:05. He is estimated to have about 6 pounds. All were caught on a Carolina rig. Reese is joking with an ESPN cameraman, who doesn't want him to put a hat on. Reese is jovial but wouldn't mind a little shade from the extreme heat. There's not a breath of wind and temperatures are in the 90s.

8:55 a.m. ET
Skeet Reese just caught his second keeper of the day, and has about two pounds total.

8:20 a.m. ET
Kevin VanDam was the second to last boat to blastoff, and he started in Lake Toho, fairly close to the takeoff area, as he did on Day One. KVD made his first cast at 7:15 and he caught his first fish at 7:24. He had a limit by 7:43, which is estimated to weigh about 8 1/2 pounds. VanDam is throwing a lipless crankbait, and he's targeting schooling bass. When the fish quit breaking the surface, he will slow down and throw a big plastic worm.

8:16 a.m. ET
Skeet Reese was the last boat out and he went through the lock and didn't make his first cast on Lake Hatchineha until 7:55 a.m. Reese's first keeper, about 1 1/2 pounds, was at 8:03. He's fishing the same spot and with the same technique as on Day One. Reese's co-angler already has two keepers in the boat. Reese has two camera boats shadowing him.



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.