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VanDam leaps to front in Lay Lake tournament

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — Michigan’s Kevin VanDam jumped from 19th place into the top spot at the Bassmaster Classic at Lay Lake on Saturday, catching a total of 19 pounds, 14 ounces in day two of the tournament.

VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., has amassed more than $2 million in BASS earnings and brought his two-day total to 32 pounds, 15 ounces. The top angler will take home a $500,000 top prize Sunday.

“This is what we live for. I was really disappointed on Friday because I felt I had dug a hole for myself and these guys are too good for you to leave anything on the table,” VanDam said. “Just getting to the Classic doesn’t satisfy me anymore. I always want to put myself in a position to win and that’s what I’ve done.”

Skeet Reese of California moved up a spot to finish in second place with a 14 pound, 14 ounce catch.

Rounding out the top five two-day totals were Florida’s Terry Scroggins with 30 pounds, 15 ounces; Alabama’s Boyd Duckett with 30 pounds, 13 ounces; and Alabama’s Tim Horton with 29 pounds, 11 ounces.

Alabama Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle’s second day catch was disqualified Saturday.

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