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

2013 Alabama River Charge Live Blog

Walker working the bank

12:45 pm CDT, May 12, 2013 |

David Walker fished in this outcropping for 20 minutes and then slalomed downstream to try his luck on the other side. He's working the bank letting the current take him south.

Chapman makes a move, it pays off

12:21 pm CDT, May 12, 2013 |

Brent Chapman told us he was "going below the bridge" and took off. Well, he ran below the bridge, all right. He stopped near the power lines, about a mile from the Tallapoosa River.

 
And it immediately paid off. Chapman caught a fish on his first cast with a spinnerbait. 
 
Now he's pulled up in a little ditch to sort out his fish. He made a major upgrade with that fish, and now has about 13 1/2 pounds.
 
"Sometimes it's good to make a change," Chapman said. "That helped me by more than a pound."

Kennedy, Walker at Jordan Dam

12:13 pm CDT, May 12, 2013 |

Found Steve Kennedy a ways down from the dam. Then, suddenly, David Walker shows up. It's getting interesting at Jordan Dam. I'm headed back to the dam to see what Walker is up to.

Biffle buzzes by

12:05 pm CDT, May 12, 2013 |

No action from Edwin Evers, but Tommy Biffle just zipped through here. He obviously was fishing even a bit farther up the Tallapoosa than Evers.

Another upgrade

12:03 pm CDT, May 12, 2013 |
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Paul Elias upgrades for another 2 pounds.

 

Photo by Jimmy Murphy

Kennedy fishing below dam

11:53 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |

Steve Kennedy is fishing right below the dam. He caught two small fish, and both went right back into the river.

Evers makes a bold move

11:49 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |

Edwin Evers just threw us a major curveball. He decided to make a 12-mile run up the Tallapoosa River, which is uncharted territory for Darren Jacobson and me. Even our boat driver, Pike Road's very own Matt Chambliss, isn't exactly sure where we are.

 

We crossed underneath the Highway 231 bridge and settled on a spot about three miles upriver near a big sandbar. There are a couple of sunbathers out, probably wondering what we're doing out here.

 

Following the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points leader, that's all.

 

Evers appears to be throwing a worm toward a single tree that is suspended in this flooded area. Most of this river, Chambliss said, is only about 2 or 3 feet deep under the typical water pool. It was a long run for Evers. Here's hoping it was a good move for him.

 

Side note -- John Murray, who according to BassTrak has more than 20 pounds today, was also in the Tallapoosa, albeit about 10 miles from where we are now.

In search of Kennedy

11:46 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |

I drove to the Jordan Dam to see if I could catch a glimpse of Steve Kennedy. From my perspective, sadly, no. I can see what I believe is Seigo Saito in a camera boat, so I know I'm close.

Chapman back down for good

11:39 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |

 

Brent Chapman came straight to the mouth of Corn Creek after coming back through the shoals here. He said he was curious to know how far Steve Kennedy made it past Chapman in Moccasin Gap.

 

"I'm kind of kicking myself for not going up there," Chapman said. "But there's no room for error. You've still got to get back to weigh in those fish if you're going to win the tournament."

 

Chapman caught three 3-pound spotted bass down here earlier this morning. He has two small ones he'd like to get rid of. And he's committed to fishing here the rest of the day, at least for now that's what he's thinking.

 

"I'd definitely like to put a couple of 4-pounders in the boat," he said.

 

Chapman has been throwing a 3/4-ounce War Eagle spinnerbait and a Mesu wobble head jig with a Tightlines UV trailer, plus a swimbait some. Mostly he's alternated between the spinnerbait and the jig.

Napping and rapping

11:12 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |

The Elite Series angler-less duo here in Corn Creek ain't happy. Overstreet is trying to take a nap, but I'm playing "The Heist" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as loud as I can get it on my iPhone.

 
I noticed a big thrift shop in Wetumpka yesterday. If it's open on Sundays, I might show up at the weigh-in in a come-up.
 
Hold on — Chapman is back, and we're back to work.

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