Mark Davis Holds Onto Lead on Day Three of 2017 Elite Series Lake Dardanelle

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Bassmaster Elite Series 2017 Lake Dardanelle Day Three Leader Mark Davis – photo by Seigo Saito – Bassmaster

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Mark Davis of Mount Ida, Ark., caught a five-bass limit that weighed 14 pounds, 15 ounces during today’s semi-final round to maintain his lead at the GoPro Bassmaster Elite at Lake Dardanelle presented by Econo Lodge.

With $100,000 on the line for Mondays champion, Davis still thinks 16 to 17 pounds will be required to win. He’s averaging just over 16 pounds with a three-day total of 48-8.

“I’ve really beat up on the fish I’ve been depending on this week,” Davis said. “I believe the right fish are still there, and that I can catch a decent limit tomorrow. But I didn’t get as many big bites today as I had hoped.”

Davis’ spot did receive some additional local pressure before he could get there, and that certainly could be contributing to the reduced action during Sunday’s competition.

“I have no problem sharing water with local anglers, heck they’ve got just as much right to fish there as I do — if not more so,” he said. “When I arrived he moved off and let me have it, which was appreciated.

“I will go back there again tomorrow, there’s no way around it. I have to,” he said. “It’s a commitment, though; 40 miles from takeoff. It’s the only spot I have on that part of the lake, and it’s a small area, but it’s been key to my success this week. I’ll give it the time it requires in the morning, and hopefully it will pay off.”

He said it’s unfortunate that his spot is so isolated, but that’s likely why other Elite Series anglers haven’t been fishing it. Davis plans to fish there until about 9 a.m. before relocating down the lake.

“The water dropped in my areas yesterday, and that is a condition that positions the fish in predictable areas,” Davis explained. “The water rose some earlier today, then it began to pull out in the afternoon. If it continues to drop tomorrow I am confident that I can catch another 14 to 16 pounds, but that’s not enough to make me comfortable.”

New York resident and Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Jamie Hartman is just 9 ounces behind Davis. He caught 16-6 today pushing his total to 47-15.

He has finished in the Top 12 three times during his first season as an Elite Series pro, second at Cherokee Lake, third at Toledo Bend and will begin Championship Monday on Dardanelle in third place.

“I’m very surprised. Based on my practice, I didn’t think I could be this consistent. It’s certainly been a grind,” the 44-year-old angler said. “I’m fishing a very specific ledge with a couple specific presentations, and I managed to get a couple quality bites that kept me in the hunt for this title.”

Hartman has not been fishing conservatively this week, but he also hasn’t been getting many bites. Friday he caught seven keepers, six on Saturday and seven again today.

“I’m not catching very many fish, but when I do they’re pretty good ones,” he said. “I think tomorrow will be similar, but this lake has been known to change dramatically from day to day. I’ll probably need 19 to 20 pounds tomorrow to have a shot at winning.”

Rounding out the Top 12 include: Steve Kennedy (47-3), Michael Iaconelli (45-13), Dean Rojas (45-13), David Mullins (44-14), Kevin VanDam (43-11), Brandon Palaniuk (43-2), Mark Menendez (42-12), Cliff Pace (42-8), Cliff Prince (42-8) and Matt Lee (42-6).

David Mullins of Mount Carmel, Tenn., is still leading the Phoenix Boats Big Bass Award thanks to a 6-pound, 8-ounce largemouth he caught on Friday.

Championship Monday will begin with takeoff at 6:15 a.m. CT at Lake Dardanelle State Park, and weigh-in will be in the same location at 3:15 p.m.

The event is hosted by the Russellville Advertising and Promotion Commission.

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Humminbird, Nitro Boats, Mercury, Minn Kota, Power-Pole, Shell Rotella, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, Berkley, Huk

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Phoenix Boats, T-H Marine, Shimano, Advance Auto Parts, Livingston Lures, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Lowrance

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Lake Dardanelle, Russellville  AR.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR           15  48-08  110     $500.00
Day 1: 5   14-05     Day 2: 5   19-04     Day 3: 5   14-15
2.  Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY             15  47-15  109
Day 1: 5   17-05     Day 2: 5   14-04     Day 3: 5   16-06
3.  Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              15  47-03  108
Day 1: 5   16-10     Day 2: 5   14-03     Day 3: 5   16-06
4.  Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         15  45-13  107
Day 1: 5   12-05     Day 2: 5   14-10     Day 3: 5   18-14
5.  Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    15  45-13  106
Day 1: 5   16-12     Day 2: 5   14-01     Day 3: 5   15-00
6.  David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN           15  44-14  105
Day 1: 5   17-02     Day 2: 5   11-15     Day 3: 5   15-13
7.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           15  43-11  104
Day 1: 5   19-03     Day 2: 5   12-08     Day 3: 5   12-00
8.  Brandon Palaniuk       Hayden, ID              15  43-02  103
Day 1: 5   13-14     Day 2: 5   15-01     Day 3: 5   14-03
9.  Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             15  42-12  102
Day 1: 5   12-05     Day 2: 5   15-02     Day 3: 5   15-05
10. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               15  42-08  101
Day 1: 5   16-03     Day 2: 5   12-09     Day 3: 5   13-12
11. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL             15  42-08  100
Day 1: 5   15-02     Day 2: 5   14-07     Day 3: 5   12-15
12. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL        15  42-06   99
Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 5   16-08     Day 3: 5   12-05
13. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             15  42-03   98  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-14     Day 2: 5   11-08     Day 3: 5   14-13
14. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            15  42-01   97  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-15     Day 2: 5   14-00     Day 3: 5   15-02
15. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           15  41-12   96  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-12     Day 2: 5   10-03     Day 3: 5   12-13
16. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              15  41-05   95  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-01     Day 2: 5   15-06     Day 3: 5   13-14
17. Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX               15  40-10   94  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-00     Day 2: 5   10-14     Day 3: 5   13-12
18. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                 15  40-05   93  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-08     Day 2: 5   14-09     Day 3: 5   10-04
19. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              15  40-04   92  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 5   13-08     Day 3: 5   14-02
20. Jacob Wheeler          Indianapolis, IN        15  40-00   91  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   12-15     Day 3: 5   13-06
21. Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR              14  39-15   90  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-06     Day 2: 4   13-07     Day 3: 5   10-02
22. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              14  39-13   89  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-14     Day 2: 5   11-13     Day 3: 4   13-02
23. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         14  38-11   88  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-13     Day 2: 5   16-14     Day 3: 4   11-00
24. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              14  38-10   87  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-12     Day 2: 4   08-07     Day 3: 5   13-07
25. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        15  38-07   86  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-02     Day 2: 5   09-02     Day 3: 5   13-03
26. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            15  38-01   85  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-01     Day 2: 5   11-15     Day 3: 5   16-01
27. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        14  37-14   84  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-04     Day 2: 4   07-06     Day 3: 5   14-04
28. Mark Daniels Jr.       Tuskegee, AL            15  37-14   83  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 5   14-00     Day 3: 5   14-13
29. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL           15  37-11   82  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-11     Day 2: 5   12-05     Day 3: 5   12-11
30. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            15  37-06   81  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   17-10     Day 3: 5   10-13
31. Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL        15  37-03   80  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-07     Day 2: 5   11-00     Day 3: 5   09-12
32. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC          13  36-10   79  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   17-07     Day 2: 4   11-02     Day 3: 4   08-01
33. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK             13  36-05   78  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-09     Day 2: 5   09-10     Day 3: 3   10-02
34. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL               15  36-00   77  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 5   09-14     Day 3: 5   14-05
35. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL            15  35-15   76  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-09     Day 2: 5   09-06     Day 3: 5   13-00
36. James Elam             Tulsa, OK               15  35-14   75  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   13-03     Day 3: 5   10-15
37. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR         15  35-14   74  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-11     Day 2: 5   12-08     Day 3: 5   10-11
38. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL         14  35-09   73  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   16-01     Day 2: 5   10-15     Day 3: 4   08-09
39. Jacob Powroznik        North Prince George, VA 15  35-07   72  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-04     Day 2: 5   15-09     Day 3: 5   09-10
40. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              15  35-06   71  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   11-07     Day 3: 5   11-15
41. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL          15  35-05   70  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-02     Day 2: 5   12-12     Day 3: 5   09-07
42. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL       12  35-04   69  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   18-07     Day 2: 2   04-11     Day 3: 5   12-02
43. David Walker           Sevierville, TN         15  35-04   68  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 5   12-05     Day 3: 5   13-08
44. Gary Klein             Mingus, TX              15  35-02   67  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   10-15     Day 3: 5   10-06
45. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS              15  34-15   66  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   14-05     Day 2: 5   13-07     Day 3: 5   07-03
46. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN      15  34-13   65  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   13-05     Day 2: 5   09-11     Day 3: 5   11-13
47. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS        15  33-03   64  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   10-04     Day 2: 5   14-06     Day 3: 5   08-09
48. Jesse Wiggins          Cullman, AL             13  31-08   63  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-08     Day 2: 5   14-13     Day 3: 3   05-03
49. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             12  31-04   62  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   15-06     Day 3: 2   04-05
50. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL           15  31-04   61  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 5   11-07     Day 3: 5   08-06
51. Fred Roumbanis         London, AR              12  30-02   60  $10,000.00
Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 4   06-03     Day 3: 3   08-08
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        80       487      1213-10
2        65       451      1080-13
3        43       242       621-14
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188      1180      2916-05