This is where Steve Kennedy is fishing right now. It's almost like stream fishing with so much current. The water seems to have come down a lot from yesterday.
John Murray upgrades with another keeper, estimated at just under 3 pounds.
Photo by Jimmy Rogers
Edwin Evers just caught his sixth fish of the day, but it wasn't big enough for him to be able to cull. He's working a very steep red dirt bluff -- another of Randy Howell's hot spots the past few days. This is the time of day yesterday when the bite shut off in the Bouldin Dam Canal. With 13 pounds or so in the boat, Evers will have to continue to plug away into the 1 pound, 3 ounce lead Brent Chapman had on him heading into the final day of fishing in the Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite.
David Walker got stuck on a rock. He had to work hard to get off, but he finally got loose and is now back to fishing. Steve Kennedy is going up toward the dam now. There are really strong currents here.
This is about as star-studded a group of Bassmaster Elite Series finalists as I can remember. Each of the 12 has won at least one B.A.S.S. event, 10 of them have won an Elite Series tournament (all but John Murray and Randy Howell), there are three former Bassmaster Classic champions (Alton Jones, Skeet Reese and Paul Elias) and as many former Anglers of the Year (Brent Chapman, Reese and Aaron Martens) in the field.
Every one of the finalists has been to at least six Classics, and eight of them have been to more than 10. Between them, they've been to a total of 136 championships. And, for what it's worth, Elias won his Classic right here on the Alabama River 31 years ago.
This is an extremely impressive group. Autograph seekers should flock to the final weigh-in for these guys. If you're debating whether or not to come out, this is one you don't want to miss. If you're thinking about mowing the lawn, it can wait. If you need to do some work around the house, it'll still be there tomorrow or next weekend. And if you need your parents to give you a lift, make them read this: We may never -- ever -- have such an accomplished bunch of finalists again!
Paul Elias now has five fish!
Photo by Jimmy Murphy
Steve Kennedy just made a move up toward the dam, where media boats don't want to go because of big rocks. I can now see Brent Chapman and David Walker in the distance.
Brent Chapman continues to put on a show. The latest episode had some added drama. Chapman hooked a good fish that doubled his rod. Just as he lifted it in the boat, the spinnerbait fell out of its mouth. The bass barely cleared the gunnel, but landed safely in the boat seat well.
"These fish will compare to peacock bass," Chapman said. "That one weighed 3 1/2 pounds. I thought he was bigger than that, the way he bit."
After catching that one, Chapman moved up to the mouth of Corn Creek. And Steve Kennedy has moved up through Corn Creek Shoals to who knows where.
Paul Elias has four in the boat. He's looking for No. 5.
Photo by Jimmy Murphy
Brent Chapman is methodically working his way down the shady side of this Coosa River bank, mostly with a jig, but making a few casts with a spinnerbait too.
He just put another quality fish in the boat on the jig. He said 3 pounds. It was every bit of that.
There is not a cloud in the sky today. It's a great day to be out on the Coosa River.
David Walker, by the way, is now out of sight upstream.
And as I wrote that, Chapman just landed another keeper on a spinnerbait. He's got three in the box now.
And now we can see David Walker coming back downstream.
Obviously, things are changing fast here in Wetumpka.