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MDJ tops 15 pounds
Mark Daniels Jr. just put his fifth keeper in the box, and it was his biggest bass of the day. MDJ worked this 4 and a half pound smallmouth carefully, excruciatingly slowly toward the boat. When he finally landed it, MDJ showed the first signs of excitement we’ve seen from him today, with fist bumps and a shout.
This fish gives him approximately 15 pounds for the day. His smallest keeper is around a pound and a half. So he still has room to improve and plenty of time to do it. BASSTrakk shows him at 13-14 and in first place. His total could be a little higher.
LIVE: Mark Daniels Jr. boats a big one
Daniels needed Oahe
Lake Oahe couldn’t have come at a better time for Mark Daniels Jr. Last week at the Elite tournament on the Mississippi River Daniels finished 88th, the worst finish of his two year Elite Series career. It caused him to drop to 40th place in the Toyota Anger of the Year standings. But Lake Oahe has been very good to him. Currently holding the lead here, Daniels has moved all the way up to 26th place in AOY. And he’s one or two good fish away from earning a check for $100,000.
Daniels has had his best Elite finishes catching smallmouth bass up north. He finished 3rd at Michigan’s Lake St. Clair and 10th in Minnesota at Mille Lacs. Read the rest over on Bassmaster.com >
MDJ’s final Monday charge
MDJ and how the sport advanced this week
This week Mark Daniels Jr. became the second African-American angler to win an Elite Series tournament in the course of two weeks – as well as the second-ever. Ish Monroe, who’s been on the Elites since the beginning, or 2006, was the trailblazer in each category.
MDJ’s victory would’ve been a big deal regardless of color. He’s a star on the rise, by all accounts a skilled technician who understands the big picture. While I’ve only worked with him once, every media personality I’ve asked about him, as well as every other angler who has offered an opinion, has been unfailingly positive in their assessment of the 36-year-old, second-year Elite. Read the rest over on Bassmaster.com >
Mark Daniels Sr. on his son Jr.
Editor’s note: With Mark Daniels Jr. winning the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Lake Oahe presented by Abu Garcia we wanted to to bring this story back up so fans can learn more about MDJ and his father, MDS.
Mark Daniels Jr. was born to fish. Of course, you might say the same thing about any Bassmaster Elite Series angler. But there’s a special story behind why that statement is particularly true about the angler known as MDJ.
Today I had the good fortune of meeting MDS, or Mark Daniels Sr. He’s a 63-year-old native of the San Francisco Bay area, manager of a WORLDPAC auto parts warehouse there, and father of four. Daniels Jr. is the baby of the family, with three older sisters. Read the rest over on Bassmaster.com >
Podcast: The Mark Daniels Jr. Story
Hosts Jim Sexton and Thomas Allen get Mark Daniels Jr. in the studio to talk about his life story, and how he made a career out of fishing.