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Bassmaster Classic 2012 Results: Kevin VanDam Will Fall Short of Making History
Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIFebruary 25, 2012

While some will call him the greatest bass fisherman of our time, four-time champion Kevin VanDam is struggling to reach the top of the rankings at this year's Bassmaster Classic.

Following Day 1, VanDam had caught five fish that weighed in at just 11 lbs, nearly seven less than what first leader Keith Poche had.

That ranks him currently at 27th on the current standings.

While anything can change given the size of the fish that can be caught, VanDam is looking like he has a long shot to come in from behind to win his third consecutive Bassmaster Classic title.

If he were to do so, he would become the first ever fisherman to do just that and would also join a class of his own with five titles at the tournament.

Given the difficulty it is to win this tournament year in and year out, VanDam does carry the rapport to make a potential push to come through and win.

This is Poche's first year in the tournament, so it will remain to be seen if he can keep up this style of fishing prowess. 

There are still two days left and it will remain to be seen if VanDam can make a serious push after Day 2 to climb up the standings.

If he gets a taste of the top, it will certainly be hard for anyone to try and take down the defending champion.

For now, though, it seems like a long shot.


Jeff Chase is a Featured Columnist for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona State football.

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