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

2013 Alabama River Charge Live Blog

Kennedy takes a risk

10:18 am CDT, May 12, 2013

I mentioned earlier that if one of these guys really needed to put the pressure on that they might try Moccasin Gap.


Evidently, Kennedy is that guy. All I can say is, the crazy sucker backed off, got a good look at the Gap and went straight through it.


He didn't appear to have bumped, scratched or hit anything. Now he's in the section with nothing but Jordan Dam in his way.


If he pulls this off, this could very well be that huge chance we talked about that proves to be the difference.

Blogger essentials

10:17 am CDT, May 12, 2013

So here I sit doing what I said I would never do again, blogging. But there are no anglers in sight and we are sitting in the Coosa River waiting on Brent Chapman to kayak back our way.


Pictured is Steve Wright, blogger extraordinaire, and all the essentials apparently needed to survive a day of blogging. Of course you see a laptop and a river map ... and for some reason, an ammo box. It reminds me of a 'bug out' bag that the 'end of the world as we know it' people have at the ready.


Included in Wright's end-of-the-world blog kit is rope, Velcro straps, five cans of Copenhagen, Rolaids, parachute cord, Grime Boss heavy duty hand cleaner, JB Weld, wire pliers, Swiss Army knife, toothpicks, aspirin, several lighters, corkscrew wine opener, IGFA tape measure, first aid stuff, and on and on.


Everything but a pair of reading glasses that I really need right now.


Which is why I am quitting blogging again.

Game on at Moccasin Gap!

10:15 am CDT, May 12, 2013

We've run back up to Mocassin Gap chasing Steve Kennedy. He has taken the risk and worked his way up to these powerful rapids. He just caught a nonkeeper in the little eddy you see in the photo. As Steve Wright has detailed in previous posts, Kennedy knows these waters well. Today he's willing to take some risks to compete with leader Brent Chapman.


Shortly after this photo was taken, Kennedy got a running start and shot cleanly through the rocks of Moccasin Gap. He's now motoring toward Jordan Dam. We'll find out soon if this gamble will pay off.

Get in the boat!

10:12 am CDT, May 12, 2013

Tommy Biffle reaches for another catch.

Photo by Jeff Mason

Biffle has a limit

10:00 am CDT, May 12, 2013

Tommy Biffle, in 10th place on Day Four, now has five fish in his livewell.

Mind the gap

9:59 am CDT, May 12, 2013


After dropping off TV film, I found Chapman on the same spot was Kennedy was. Chapman tried to idle through a set of big rocks and couldn't. Then he went downstream for a bit and put his boat on full plane and went over the gap safely. 

This is how the truth tastes

9:58 am CDT, May 12, 2013

These back-to-back weeks with the Bassmasters can be hard on a man left to his devices — emphasis on "vices." Pickled eggs and pork rinds — ain't livin' long like this.

James Overstreet and I got two days off on Lake Eufaula between West Point Lake and the Alabama River tournaments. Our digestive systems got zero days off.
No, we did not fry up any of those "Giant Red Worms" pictured above. I bought 'em because I couldn't catch a bass on Eufaula. I've been a decent bream-snatcher from way back. But I kept thinking my bass luck would change, and I never got around to wettin' a worm. I've still got those earthworms in my fridge at the Montgomery Embassy Suites Hotel. Ten bucks and a carton of red wigglers — now that's what I call a tip for the maid!
I am not, however, leaving a single shell of Uncle Bud's Cajun Fried Shell-N-All Peanuts. Got to get your fiber some place.
I heard a statistic the other day that there are now more adults than infants wearing diapers in this country. I don't know if that's true. But I do know if this Elite Series was scheduled back-to-back-to-back, there would be at least one more adult wearing diapers in the U.S. of A.
Once a man? Maybe. Twice a child? No doubt.
I've been told we need to write more "lifestyle" stories here. Well, there you have it: One chapter in the lives of Cracker and Jack — "The Red Butt Diary."
Bon appetite, Mother's Day celebrators.

In the hunt ... Part II

9:57 am CDT, May 12, 2013
| By Ken Duke

To apply Ken's Comeback Formula (KCF) to the tournament today, we start with the leader's weight going into the final round. Brent Chapman is in first place with 59 pounds, 4 ounces. On Day 1, Kelly Jordon caught the biggest bass weighed in so far. It was 6 pounds, 4 ounces. When you subtract 6-4 from 59-4, you get 53-0. Everyone with that weight or better going into the finals has a chance to win. For anyone outside that range, I stand by my earlier statement: It would take a miracle.


So who's in range? Well, it starts with the leader, Brent Chapman. The leader naturally has the biggest edge, and 61 percent of Day 3 leaders go on to win. Next in line is AOY frontrunner Edwin Evers. He's a little more than a pound back and very much within range of the win. Steve Kennedy has 55 pounds and is 4-4 behind Chapman, so he's in range. Alton Jones is fourth with 53-14 — 5-6 out. Behind him is Bobby Lane with 51-0. Lane is more than eight pounds off the pace.


According to KCF, only the top four anglers coming into today's competition have a chance of winning. I won't defend the formula except to say that it's never failed in the entire history of the Elite Series.


Another reason to put your money on the top four anglers is that the top four going into the finals have won 94 percent of all Elite events. Only four times has angler outside the top four gone on to win, and half of those times were in the last two tournaments.


Next we'll talk about what constitutes a "miracle."

Out of anglers and testosterone

9:50 am CDT, May 12, 2013

Brent Chapman just made a liar out of himself. After attempting to go up, Chapman said he wasn't going above Corn Creek Shoals after seeing what happened to David Walker.

But he has changed his mind. Chapman is now above Corn Creek Shoals. The fact that Steve Kennedy has gone up there and is putting the heat on today may have put Chapman in a different frame of mind.
James Overstreet and I, therefore, have run out of anglers. We just pulled into Corn Creek and put the Power-Poles down, for the first time this week. We're out of testosterone, too. Funny how age does that to you. It makes you a whole lot less determined to drive a boat through any place with water in it.
But I will say this: Our low-T ain't as low as some of these boat drivers we've got hired today. We just had to run videotape back to the Wetumpka Park because the boat driver hired to do it won't go up the Coosa River from there.

That's how an upgrade is done!

9:46 am CDT, May 12, 2013

Elias holds on to this keeper and upgrades. He has upgraded three times in the last 20 minutes.


Photo by Jimmy Murphy