2013 Elite Series Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite
Alabama River - Montgomery, AL, May 9 - 12, 2013

2013 Alabama River Charge Live Blog

Attack of the red bass

9:03 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Chris Reeves

VanDam increases his creel

8:59 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Still fishing with a painful rib injury KVD increased his creel to nearly 5 pounds on 2 fish.

On a roll

8:58 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |

How tough is it to be consistently good at the Elite level? Very, very tough.

 

Just five tournaments into the season, only five anglers have made the first cut (top 50) in every event. Not surprisingly, they’re all doing very well in the AOY race.

 

Alphabetically, here are the anglers who have made every first cut in 2013:

Edwin Evers (1st in AOY)
Ish Monroe (6th)
Matt Reed (15th)
Skeet Reese (3rd)
Kevin VanDam (2nd)

Marshal fans!

8:57 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |

It's a new day in bass fishing when even the Marshals have fans. This is Carol Welch, Dillan Baldwin and Bruce Welch. Carol sister Lisa Cox is Jared Miller's Marshal today. So they are up here watching her (and Jared too). They live in Prattville. Lisa lives in the Pensacola, Fla. area.

One benefit of high water

8:43 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |

Under normal conditions, here in downtown Wetumpka is as far as you can safely run in a fiberglass boat. The next 6 to 8 miles is combination rapids and or rocks. But this week, due to the high water, glass boats have been able to run the whole thing.

Kennedy moving on up

8:40 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |

 

Steve Kennedy has moved up the Coosa River from us, to the place where he caught the big paddlefish pictured here yesterday. 

 

Kennedy landed the fish because he wanted his crankbait back. 

 

"That was my baby," he said of the lure. 

 

Paddlefish, also called spoonbills, are plankton feeders that won't bite a lure. But they congregate below dams each spring, and they get so big it's hard not to snag one occasionally, even when you're not trying.

 

Bobby Lane has moved back into this area near where Kennedy was. He had three fish when he got here. Lane just landed his fourth, which was a good one, maybe 3 pounds. He was in the middle of some flooded trees when he caught it. 

Jones with a nice one

8:38 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Another good spot for McClelland's live well

8:33 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Barry McKinley

Crochet has two

8:32 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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This is Cliff Crochet's second fish of the day, caught on a frog. He estimates that he has 3 pounds.

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Kenny Yarnell

Drama at the dam

8:29 am CDT, May 11, 2013 |

That's Jared Miller in the photo, fishing right below us at Jordan Dam. Moments ago he was headed downstream from the dam in heavy rapids and crashed into a submerged rock. It was a dramatic moment where the boat rocked back and forth and took on water. Afterwards Miller
trolled over to us and with a big smile said "Was that as scary for you as it was for us?"  It was for me. I was a little worried about him and his Marshal at that point.

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