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Alabama River - Montgomery, AL, May 9 - 12, 2013

2013 Alabama River Charge Live Blog

Kennedy catching one early

11:12 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |

 

Steve Kennedy is having a big day. James Overstreet shot this photo of him early today when Kennedy was fishing near Wetumpka in the spot that Ott DeFoe clued him on.
 
Kennedy moved up the Coosa River after that and apparently he's continuing to catch them.
 
Overstreet and I may go back up there and look for him now.

Grigsby has a limit

11:04 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |

With Edwin Evers' bite stopped, we decided to head down the Alabama River. We came across Shaw Grigsby who is fishing a bit farther downriver than he was when saw him the past two days.  Shaw said he has a limit, but they are small -- "Seven pounds or so. Little ones," he said. The water is considerably lower today and it's easy to see. We're going to poke around some more and see if we can find any of the other leaders who are on this side of the fishery.

Running the rivers

10:56 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |

 

James Overstreet and I have run down the Coosa River from Wetumpka, up the canal below William Bolden Dam and are now in the Alabama River on Paul Elias.
 
We haven't seen many happy campers along the way. Chris Lane didn't have a bite when we checked in with him in the Coosa.
 
"I did pretty good in here yesterday, but I can't even get a bite here today," Lane said, before moving down river, where he's since caught some fish.
 
Casey Scanlon was in the canal and had two fish.
 
"I'll probably have to go fish the outside bends on the main river," Scanlon said.
 
Chad Pipkens had two "little ones" when we visited with him in the canal. He said his "swimming hole" from yesterday was up closer to the dam. Pipkens thought he'd missed the cut when he lost a 5-pounder at the boat.
 
"I had my hand under its belly," he said. "Then the jig came out."
 
Pipkens ended up falling all the way out of his boat, and his life jacket inflated, "Quickly and with a lot of noise," he said. 
 
We just saw Elias catch his third fish, which gives him about 6 pounds today. But now he's moved up the river.

Funniest photo of the week

10:51 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |

Photo by Bassmaster.com web dude Chris Mitchell

 

So this is what happens when you try and help your roommate, in this case Paul Elias, get water in his bag so he can put the fish he caught into it and bring them safely to the stage.

 

It sort of backfires…literally…with lots of folks seeing the water going the other way.

 

Laugh…it’s okay man…I did myself when I saw it.

 

I put it on Facebook, got tons of comments, mainly to do with the fact that it looks like my prostate cancer surgery worked, “…hey db, I see your stream is back….,” kind of thing.

 

And I laughed, too.

 

But then I thought, if it takes humor to reach you…I will do it man, do it in a heartbeat if it helps save you.

 

Dudes, prostate cancer is nothing to fool about, it will kill most of us if we let it, but it is an easy fight for us to take on…if we get regular prostate checks.  There are a lot of signs things may be going south, down south there….including a decrease stream…unlike this photo.

 

A simple PSA test saved my life…someday soon, I will match this photo.

 

Please…look at this photo…laugh…then send it and this message to all your guy friends…and their wives…prostate cancer is nothing to laugh about, BUT, caught early, like mine, you have an excellent chance of leading a normal life.

 

Ignore it, and it will kill you.

 

Please get yourself checked.

 

But it is a damn funny photo…

 

Love wins,

 

db

Pipkens reels in a nice one at the canal

10:42 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Gene Messick

Scanlon swings in a 3-pound spot

10:39 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Horton has a good one

10:31 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Lane's 1st fish of the day

10:27 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jeff Mason

AOY ins and outs

10:23 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |

Edwin Evers is having one of the best years of his career in 2013 and appears on the fast track to winning Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year. In the middle of the fifth event in an eight tournament season, he leads his closest challenger (seven-time AOY Kevin VanDam) by 33 points. Skeet Reese is just four points back of VanDam.

 

The lead is a healthy one to this point in the season. The best way to look at it is to say that KVD has just three chances (in the final three events -- plus today and potentially tomorrow) to outplace Evers by 33 positions, or roughly 11 places in the standings each tournament. That won't be easy. Evers is absolutely one of the most talented pros on the circuit, and this is not his first rodeo. He finished second to VanDam in the AOY race in 2010 and 2011.

 

One thing I can assure you of is that KVD is working hard to help close that gap — even a little — as he fishes the Alabama River today. And despite the fact that he's in 30th place while Evers is in third, the swing advantage actually belongs to the Kalamazoo Kid.

 

The reason is pure math. KVD is in 30th. That means he could conceivably pick up 29 additional points over the next two days if he does the improbable, qualifies for the finals and then wins. Even if he doesn't manage that (and the odds are greatly against it), he could move up five or 10 places today and gain that many points on Evers in the process. Reese is in much the same situation in 26th place.

 

Evers, however, is in third place at this event. That doesn't leave him very much ceiling room to move up. Yes, he could still win this tournament (and I think he has a great chance to do just that — he's been a model of consistency on the river), but that would only mean two additional points. So, Evers could actually win this event and watch VanDam and Reese gain ground on him in the AOY standings over the next two days.

 

You have to like Evers' chances of winning AOY this year. He's fishing extremely well and has that otherworldly focus it seems to take to win championships. For now, he "controls his own destiny" as analysts in other sports are fond of saying when one team or athlete can earn a championship by winning out.

Evers moving around canal

10:00 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |

Edwin Evers continues to pick up and move up and down the banks of the Bouldin Dam Canal, giving his trolling motor a good workout. I'm pretty certain he's running a StructureScan to see where fish may be holding. The center of this canal is approximately 40 feet deep, but the shorelines are anywhere from 10 to 20 feet with a steep slope. The canal itself is no more than 50 yards wide where we are now, about a half-mile from the imposing dam itself.

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