Every 2010 BASS Elite Winner Has Been Powered by Mercury Pro XS

Jun 16, 2010

While Kevin VanDam, Skeet Reese and other top competitors in the BASS Elite Series battle for Angler of the Year points and post-season qualification, another impressive display has been building in the world of professional fishing: Every major BASS event this year – including all BASS Elite tournaments and the 2010 Bassmaster Classic – have been won by anglers powered by Mercury Marine Pro XS engines.

Fishing legend Kevin VanDam won the Classic in February and last week’s Tennessee Triumph Elite tournament on Kentucky Lake, while other Mercury-powered contestants won all six other 2010 major events. Only the BASS Elite event this week in Muskogee, Okla., and the two-weekend Elite Series championship in July stand between Mercury and a season-long sweep.

Pro XS has long been the choice of most anglers on the BASS Elite trail, due to the engine’s strong hole shot, great mid-range acceleration, high top-end speed and superb fuel-efficiency, not to mention its proven dependability.

VanDam led from start to finish last week on Kentucky Lake with a winning four-day total of 92 pounds, 5 ounces.

The victory was VanDam's 18th career win on the BASS trail, just one short of the BASS record of 19. VanDam jumped to eighth in the Angler of the Year standings, and is safely within the cutline for the Bassmaster Elite Series postseason competition. Skeet Reese, despite struggling the past two events, has won two 2010 Elite tournaments and still leads the Angler of the Year standings.

VanDam earned $100,000 for the victory. His Kentucky Lake finishes include two firsts, a second and a third-place finish in the previous four times the Elite Series has visited those waters.

This week’s Elite Event is scheduled to begin Thursday on the Arkansas River near Muskogee, Okla.

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