The best smallmouth tournament ever.

Steve Wright, posting on the Bassmaster blog during 2018 Elite tourney:

Waddington, NY - Imagine catching 15 smallmouth bass over three days that weighed 72 pounds, 5 ounces, and having only a 3-ounce lead going into the final day. That's where David Walker finds himself, locked in a duel with Josh Bertrand in the HUK Bassmaster Elite at the St. Lawrence River presented by Black Velvet.

Kevin VanDam won this tournament a year ago with 90 pounds, 3 ounces. The greatest tournament bass angler of all time will not be fishing in the 12-man final Sunday. He finished 36th. But the man who has won 25 B.A.S.S. tournaments, 4 Bassmaster Classics and 7 Angler of the Year titles knows a special event when he sees one.

"This doesn't happen very often," VanDam said on state Saturday. "This is a historic event. This is the best smallmouth tournament ever in the history of man here in Waddington this week." [read more]