Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Breaking News - KVD DQ'd at Santee Cooper

Kevin VanDam disqualified for breaking a rule in official practive of the Santee Cooper Elite Series event that starts on Thursday. Here is an excerpt from BassFan.com.

VanDam DQd from Santee 3/28/2006
Kevin VanDam was DQd from the entire Santee Cooper Bassmaster Elite Series, which begins this Thursday, March 30. According to BASS, he was DQd for a violation of Rule 12 (Boat Operation and Expense), which states that co-anglers may not drive the boat during practice or competition, except in emergency situations.

The applicable part of the rule states: "Non boaters are only allowed to drive the boat in emergency situations in both practice and competition with the exception of loading and unloading from trailers."

BASS stated that VanDam's co-angler, Jim Stawiarski, drove the boat during practice while VanDam stood on the front deck to spot bed-fish. Reportedly, another angler notified BASS of the infraction, and apparently, VanDam was unfamiliar with the rule.

Stawiarski was DQd from the event as well.

Wow, what a crushing blow to KVD's AOY race with Hackney & Rojas, although this definetly takes some heat of the other leaders. At the same time, it will be a lot tougher for KVD to qualify for the upcoming Classic. This is a technique often used when prefishing in the spring. I have done this with my father when we fished team tournaments, not only for bed fish, but for looking for specific cover as well.


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