And Mike McClelland with yet another upgrade. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Tim Patterson.
KVD with another 2 1/2-pound upgrade. With the upgrade, he has approximately 12 pounds. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Billy Black.
Mike McClelland with a nice upgrade to an already impressive limit on Day One on the Alabama River.
While one or more anglers could assert themselves into the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race here at the Alabama River, it’s certain that a few will take themselves out of the hunt with a poor performance. It’s been a strange season with some tough fishing and big turnarounds, but the AOY race remains a battle of attrition.
If you see one of the AOY leaders fall flat on the river this week, finishing around 70th or worse, it’s a pretty good bet that they’ve taken themselves out of the race for this season. It’s that competitive and that uncompromising.
Scott Ashmore culls again. Photo by Joe Malone.
Shaw Grigsby now has no fish under 3 pounds in his livewell. He has a limit of spots weighing just over 17 pounds. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Trait Crist.
Boyd Duckett with a late day charge upgrading his bag by better than 4 pounds.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Skip Walden
Kevin Ledoux boats his 10th keeper. Photo by Mark Keith.
Here is my best knowledge of where boats are scattered. Report from the lockmaster 3 boats locked down river through Jones Bluff. Two boats are in Tallassee on the Tallapoosa, which by the way, is unheard of around here. Per our bloggers a good many boats below Jordan Dam and below Bouldin. Others scattered in between.
Looking at generation from alabamapower.com from Logan Martin down all dams will be wide open with generation the next two days. What is not projected is a schedule for flood gates which really is dicey. Below Jordan dam can drop real quick if the flood gates close. Bouldin does not have flood gates. It was constructed in the 60’s and basically is a big ditch with no navigation affected by water levels. On the Tallapoosa no floodgates have been going just a higher than normal flow due to recent rainfall.