Congrats are in order for Kentuckian Mark Menendez. The Paducah native used an aluminum boat to access a shallow backwater area on Arkansas’ Lake Dardanelle and bagged 55 pounds seven ounces over three days. That was good enough to capture the Bassmaster Elite Series Diamond Drive and earned Menendez $100,000 and valuable points toward qualifying for the 2010 Bassmaster Classic.
Kevin VanDam made a charge and finished second and took over the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year lead.
You can read more about the tournament at http://sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/tournaments/elite/news/story?id=4026140
You can also watch Menendez’ victory Saturday April 4th at 9 a.m. on ESPN2.