It's fish No. 1 for Billy McCaghren. A good spot that should go 2 1/2 pounds.
The Alabama River has hosted some serious battles among Bassmaster Elite Series pros during the postseason — ones that decided Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year winners and others that brought young blood like Ott DeFoe to the forefront. Don't let the action from the first regular-season event on this water body pass you by! If you can’t be in Montgomery, Ala., for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite to see the action for yourself, we’ve got you covered. You can keep up online in a way that will make you feel like you’re there for the action. Here are nine ways we’ll keep you informed:
You get a front row seat to the weigh-ins each day. From the comfort of your home, you can watch the pros weigh in right in front of you on your computer screen without delay. You’ll know who wins at the same time the winner finds out! Tune in to the live weigh-ins at 3:30 p.m. CT all four days of competition.
Listen to what B.A.S.S. officials hear from the water -- when they hear it -- via the Lowrance War Room. If you have a question, just ask it in the comments box below the War Room video, and the producers will make every effort to get your question answered.
The War Room opens at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday and Sunday and provides updates on the hour until 2 p.m. CT.
In fewer than 140 characters apiece, you can read updates of the tournament as it is happening. From your laptop, phone or desktop, you can watch the event unfold, tweet by tweet.
There are several ways to follow along on Twitter. You can follow the official B.A.S.S. Twitter account, www.twitter.com/BASS_nation, where you’ll get insider info provided by B.A.S.S.’s on-site staff, B.A.S.S. emcees and tournament officials.
You can follow the official hashtag of B.A.S.S., #bassmaster. Anyone connected to or interested in the tournament can tag his or her posts with this keyword, and fans can read multiple perspectives on the tournament’s goings-on. Even the pros post with this hashtag, so you could get actual updates from contenders who have spectators on the water tweeting for them. To follow the hashtag, whether you have a Twitter account or not, just go to http://tweetchat.com/room/bassmaster.
You can also follow the pros’ or insiders’ Twitter accounts. Click these links to follow the lists of Bassmaster Elite Series pros, including Kevin VanDam and Mike Iaconelli, or to follow B.A.S.S. insiders, including emcee Dave Mercer and host Mark Zona.
BASSCam is a series of videos shot on the water and uploaded immediately so you can get near-live updates of what’s happening out there, often in the pros’ own words. Videos are posted all four days of competition.
Fans of B.A.S.S.’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bass, get updates and photos throughout the day right in their newsfeed. You can comment, ask questions and share photos, all within Facebook. Plus, most of the Bassmaster Elite Series contenders have their own fan pages, so you can watch your favorites (and get their fishing advice) all year long.
During the live weigh-ins, fans can watch the Live Leaderboard to see who’s on track to make the Top 50 cut for Saturday or the Top 12 cut for Sunday.
B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer and The Bassmasters hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona team up for Toyota Hooked Up!, a live video special, which airs at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday and Sunday. After the champion has been crowned, you’ll hear from the winner in his own words — while he’s still absorbing the shock of his win.
8. Live Blog
The Live Blog is where our reporters’ and Marshals' on-the-fly updates will be posted throughout the competition. B.A.S.S. reporters take to the Alabama River on Saturday and Sunday, seeking out contenders and trying to get the scoop, which we then deliver to you, right here.
The very popular BASSTrakk has been revamped and now includes a map so fans can see exactly where their favorite anglers are fishing. When a contender catches a fish, his Marshal reports the estimated weight, which in turn is posted online so you can see how your favorite pro is doing — and where the fish are. BASSTrakk is live only on Saturday and Sunday. (Prior to Sunday, the link redirects to West Point Lake coverage.)
All nine of these options are completely free! We invite you to tune in, interact and enjoy!
Mike McClelland catches his first keeper of the morning as boats are still coming out of the channel from blast-off. Update by Bassmaster Marshal Tim Patterson.
Takahiro Omori's first cast of Day One is in the books.
Mike McClelland hooks up early but loses the fish as it jumps at the boat. Photo by Marshal Tim Patterson.
Here is Mike McClelland with probably one of the first casts of the morning right after launch on Day One on the Alabama River. Photo by Marshal Tim Patterson.
Stephen Browning readies for Day 1 on the Alabama River.
Due to high waters on the Alabama River, some launch and weigh-in details have changed for this week's 2013 Elite Series Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite. Take-offs will move to Cooters Pond in Prattville, Ala., at 6:30 a.m. CT. And the weigh-ins will take place in the Union Station Train Shed all four days. Get more attend information here.