Card makes Bassmaster Elite Series

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Lessons learned on Norris come in handy

By Dwane Wilder

Brandon Card describes himself as the “poster child of college fishing”.

Now the poster boy has landed himself a spot in the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series alongside such pro fishing stars as Kevin VanDam.

Card, a 2004 graduate of Campbell County High School, qualified for the Elite Series by finishing second in the points standings of the 2011 Bassmaster Southern Opens — a series of three tournaments.

“I use the lessons that I learned while growing up on Norris Lake,” said Card, who prefers to fish soft plastic baits such as craws and worms.

“Norris is a real clear lake, and I’m a big sight fisherman. It’s something I learned on Norris, and now I use it everywhere I fish.”

Card fished four years on a collegiate team while attending the University of Kentucky.

“I’ve kind of been working my way up,” said Card, who graduated from UK in May 2009 and fished two consecutive B.A.S.S. Federation Nation championships before moving up to the Southern Opens.

During the Southern Opens series, Card finished 9th at Lake Toho, Fla; 4th at Lake Norman, N.C; and 13th at Douglas Lake.

He boated 40 lbs. 4 oz. of bass at Lake Norman, which was his best finish of the year. 

However, Card’s single best day of the series came on the second day of the Lake Toho event when he hauled in 30 lbs. 15 oz. of bass. He totaled 47 lbs. 10 oz. during that tournament.

“I had a 10-pounder, an 8 ½-pounder and some more big fish,” he said. 

Card finished the 2011 Southern Opens schedule with a stringer of bass weighing 24 lbs. 4 oz. at the Douglas Lake tournament held earlier last month in Jefferson County.