This morning at the start of the BASSMASTER Elite event on Lake Dardanelle Chris Lane woke up to a miserable morning. This was taken from BASSMASTER.com:
"Chris Lane awoke to a call to move his truck and boat from the hotel parking lot as one of the angler's boats was on fire. It was his.
He watched in horror as the Russellville Fire Department attempted to put it out.
"They got the call at 2:02 a.m. and it was out by 2:20. It didn't want to go out," he said, adding the cause of the fire is being investigated. "I lost pretty much everything. Fortunately, nobody was hurt."
He can't say enough about everyone who helped him. He was at the launch with Fred Roumbanis' old boat, which now has Jodie Haralson's name on the wrap.
During launch, anglers were still offering him tackle. He thanked them and said he would be OK.
"The boat's a total loss. There's no reason to tow it home," he said.
Lane was still working on getting the electronics set up on the loaner as the last of the Elites blasted off.
"It is what it is. You have to make due," he said”
There are conflicting reports Jeremy Starks posted on Facebook this morning: “Someone broke into Chris Lanes boat then burned it last night. Lost all of his tackle. Wish him luck today.”
Whatever the cause it was a tuff start to his day. Despite this Lane has to put it behind him and fish today. I am sure more details will be given after the investigation has happened. If his tackle was stolen and boat set on fire I hope they catch those responsible.