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

2013 Alabama River Charge Live Blog

Howell has a limit

8:06 am CDT, May 11, 2013

It's 7:50 a.m. and Randy Howell has a limit. It's probably about 13-plus pounds right now. That last fish on the same jig, was about three and a quarter, it appears through my binoculars. Just got a report that Edwin is turning on farther down the canal. He boated a 4 pounder and then put another good one in the tank, I hear. And there's another one from Evers, we are told. Chris Zaldain just flew past us toward the dam. Howell picked up, probably going to guard the spot he's been starting on all day. Zaldain wasn't there though, but Howell is back where he started. The Bouldin Dam Canal is officially on, friends!

Howell with back-to-back 2 1/2-pound spots

7:59 am CDT, May 11, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Billy Black

The famous moccasin gap

7:52 am CDT, May 11, 2013

This is famous moccasin gap on the Coosa. Kayaker hot spot. With water dropping below Jordan dam pros have to make the decision. Do I or don't I risk it?

Howell is on fire

7:49 am CDT, May 11, 2013

Randy Howell worked the waterfall a while to no avail, then drifted about 20 yards up the canal. He decided to throw a dark colored jig and that seemed to be the ticket. He boated a three and a half pounder and then just moments later, sacked another bass, that one going for two and half pounds. He has three fish in the well now. Wait! Hold it! He's got another one, another two and a half pounder. That gives him four fish in the boat, going about 10 1/2 pounds so far. Howell is on fire at the moment, for sure!

Ott hooks-up Kennedy

7:46 am CDT, May 11, 2013

James Overstreet and just put in at Wetumpka Park and barely got the big motor running when we saw Steve Kennedy.


Kennedy already has a limit and is culling.  He says he has a four pounder and the rest are small. Ott Defoe hooked-up Kennedy with this spot. This is where Defoe caught 17 pounds yesterday.


Kennedy just landed a rock. It won't help him.

No. 2 for Howell

7:44 am CDT, May 11, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Billy Black

Miller with two keepers

7:41 am CDT, May 11, 2013

Jared Miller arrived at Jordan Dam a few minutes ago and already has two keepers. That's his boat on the left and ESPN cameraman Wes Miller on the right. The Coosa River is a powerful beast today, with strong currents and whitewater. Brent Chapman is now fishing about a half mile downstream from the dam.

McClelland's first of the day

7:33 am CDT, May 11, 2013

Evers moving already

7:24 am CDT, May 11, 2013

Edwin Evers fished the Bouldin Dam Canal for 10 minutes, then decided to pick up. He gunned it back up the canal and stopped about 1/4 mile from us, on the same side as Howell.


"They've slowed down," Howell tells us. "The water dropped two feet and there's not as much movement. Still, you'd think they'd be biting off this point right now." Howell tells us he's picking up and running to a small waterfall near the mouth of this canal and the Coosa River. We follow. Let's see what happens here.

Howell hooks on first cast

7:19 am CDT, May 11, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Billy Black