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

2013 Alabama River Charge Live Blog

Remitz culls and has 15 lbs

11:18 am CDT, May 9, 2013

Remitz upgrades and is now around 15 lbs. Photo by Marshal Chris Reeves.

Starks lands a nice one

11:17 am CDT, May 9, 2013


Jeremy Starks hand lands a nice Alabama River bass. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Wesley Seal.

AOY Key #2: Avoid disaster (continued)

11:14 am CDT, May 9, 2013
| By Ken Duke


Here’s the worst finish by any angler who won AOY (or led through the regular season):


2006 – Michael Iaconelli – 66th

2007 – Skeet Reese – 67th

2008 – Kevin VanDam – 56th

2009 – Skeet Reese – 29th

2010 – Skeet Reese – 59th

2011 – Kevin VanDam – 33rd

2012 – Brent Chapman – 68th


When you mitigate disaster by making your worst finish something that’s not in the bottom third of the field, you keep the door closed for challengers who hope to jump in when you stumble. Statistically, this is the biggest difference between VanDam and the legion of anglers who post a season or two near the top of the AOY race. His “bad” tournaments really aren’t so bad. Their “bad” tournaments are dismal.


The real reason KVD has won so many AOY titles and challenges virtually every year is that his worst finish in any Elite event was 59th at Clear Lake in 2010. (He’s also the best of all-time, and that doesn’t hurt.) VanDam barely missed the cut in his worst tournament! Everyone else who has fished at least one full season in the Elites has a finish of 79th place or lower.

Returning to Cooter's Pond

11:06 am CDT, May 9, 2013


We're almost back to the Cooter's Pond Landing and we saw Casey Scanlon fishing near the downtown ampitheatre. Timmy Horton was about a mile downriver from him. We stopped to chat with Jeremy Starks who reports he had five fish, but they're only going about 10 pounds.

Huge alligator navigates the Alabama River

10:56 am CDT, May 9, 2013


Cajun Baby Cliff Crochet feels right at home with this huge alligator. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Ross Terrell.

Checking in on Randy Howell

10:54 am CDT, May 9, 2013

Sunbathing gator on the Alabama River

10:52 am CDT, May 9, 2013

We spotted a spectator on the bank near Jones Bluff Dam.

Miyazaki with a nice one

10:43 am CDT, May 9, 2013

McClelland sighting

10:43 am CDT, May 9, 2013


A Mike McClelland sighting. He's fishing near an old train bridge that spans the Alabama River just outside of downtown Montgomery. We heard some reports earlier that he was catching some good fish. He's throwing a spinnerbait toward a flooded tree just offshore.


There a couple of horses feeding in a field behind him onshore. Looks like there are a couple of hosses in the livewell, too. He reports he has five fish that go about 15 pounds so far.


If he's able to cull and add a few pounds, he stands a good chance to be among the leaders at the weigh-in later today. 

Brent is culling

10:40 am CDT, May 9, 2013

Brent Chapman with a 2.5 lb spot. This fish culled and brought his total weight up to 14.5 lbs.
By Marshal Jace Hilton.