Bassmaster Classic 2012: Kevin VanDam and Veteran Anglers Set for a Big Day 2

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2012

Photo courtesy of Mississippi Sportsman (
Photo courtesy of Mississippi Sportsman (

Day 2 at the 2012 Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport, La., will be tight all the way up until the end if it resembles anything we saw on Day 1.

The action on Louisiana's Red River on Friday was intense and competitive, as 38 anglers caught at least five fish, and just eight anglers head into Saturday separated by less than two pounds on the leaderboard.

Alabama's Keith Poche leads the field with five fish totaling nearly 18 pounds after one day, but he will be facing the pressure that comes from holding down the top spot as past champions look to chase him down.

So which veterans are set for big performances on Day 2? Take a look.


Kevin VanDam

The Michigan native is a four-time Bassmaster Classic champion, and the two-time defending champion at this event. Need I say more?

VanDam sits at 27th heading into Day 2 with just 11 pounds of fish to his total. But still, the veteran will be a threat until the end, considering he has competed in more than 240 BASS tournaments, earning 20 first-place finishes and over $5 million in earnings.


Greg Vinson

Vinson is an experienced angler, who has 53 BASS tournaments under his belt. He placed just 24th in last year's Classic, but sits only one ounce behind leader Keith Poche after a day on the Red River.

Vinson and Poche are the only anglers with over 17 pounds total and are more than a pound up on third place heading into Day 2.

Vinson's Day 1 success will prove to be skill and not fluke as the weekend wears on, though.


Davy Hite

Davy Hite has not won the Classic since 1999, but that will not discourage him from pulling all the stops out on Day 2 in order to catch the leaders.

The BASS veteran has eight first place finishes to his name and sits within striking distance heading into the second day of the event, in 18th place.

Hite is a little more than four pounds behind Poche and Vinson, which means he will be under less pressure than VanDam on Day 2.


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