COLUMBIA, S.C. — Only two anglers have a chance this week for back-to-back Bassmaster Elite Series wins, albeit wins of a different color.
Steve Kennedy, just off his May 8 victory at West Point Lake, could claim back-to-back Elite wins by taking the title in the May 12-15 Evan Williams Bourbon Carolina Clash on Lake Murray.
Fred Roumbanis of Bixby, Okla., victor in 2008 when the Elite Series last competed on Murray, is the only pro who could claim consecutive Carolina Clash titles.
Just to make things interesting: Kennedy was runner-up to Roumbanis in that May 2008 tournament. If they do well again on Lake Murray, it won’t be because they were able to repeat how they attacked it in 2008, Roumbanis and Kennedy said.
“The fish don’t seem to be in the same patterns,” said Kennedy, who traveled home to Auburn, Ala., between tournaments so got in just one day of practice. “To me, they’re sitting deeper. They’re not where I expected them to be.”