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

2013 Alabama River Charge Live Blog

A keeper for Elias

7:12 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |
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Paul Elias snags his first keeper of the day!

Photo by Jimmy Murphy

Murray with two keepers

7:10 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |
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John Murray, in ninth place at the start of the final day on the Alabama River, catches two keepers, one that appears to be a 4-pounder!

Photos by Jimmy Rogers

Elias is searching

7:02 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |
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Paul Elias is still searching for his first bass of the day.

Photo by Jimmy Murphy

Evers makes his first casts

6:59 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |

Edwin Evers just arrived in the Bouldin Dam Canal and three spectator boats followed him in. Edwin wastes little time hitting the bank, hopping onto the front of his boat and throwing a deep diving crankbait. Looks like it's chartreuse with a blue back. If today is anything like the past three days, it shouldn't be long before he starts boating a few of these early morning bass.

Day Four on the Alabama River is underway

6:49 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |

Day Four on the beautiful Alabama River system begins for us with another launch at Gold Star Park in Wetumpka, a nice town just outside of Montgomery.
 

The pros launched at 6:30 a.m. from the Riverfront Park today, instead of Cooter's Pond in Prattville. That means they'll be to us earlier, because the change in venue will shave 10 minutes or so on the ride time to the Bouldin Dam Canal, where photographer Darren Jacobson, boat driver Matt Chambliss and I are right now. We're waiting, in particular, on Edwin Evers -- the current Toyota Angler of the Year points leader who also is in second place in this tournament. Evers' bite has come early in this canal, and that's why we wanted to be here to catch all the action.
 

A couple observations. The water has continued to fall. It appears to be about 2 or 3 feet lower than yesterday, which if you've been following these blogs, means that the bite has been a bit more trying for the anglers. There's also very little current pushing through this canal. That can be a factor, too.
 

We'll wait for Edwin and report back as soon as he arrives, which shouldn't be more than another 10 minutes or so.

Elias makes his first cast

6:43 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |
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Paul Elias, currently in 11th place at the start of Day Four, makes his first cast of the day.

Photo by Jimmy Murphy

Skeet Reese heads out, 100 feet from where he started!

6:41 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |

Reese, standing in seventh place at the start of Day Four, starts his day on the river. He didn't go far, giving spectators at launch something to watch after the 12 boats were away.

Anglers prepare for Day 4

6:24 am CDT, May 12, 2013 |
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The Top 12 anglers prepare to head out on the Alabama River for the fourth and final day of the Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite.

Photo by Jimmy Murphy

Pipkens has a nice one for No. 5

2:18 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Gene Messick

Misadventures in Wetumpka

1:34 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |

We followed the Coosa up to Wetumpka and caught up with Bobby Lane, who's having a solid day sitting in 6th place according to BASSTrakk. Just as my driver is asking me if I'm crazy wanting him to go north to see Steve Kennedy, B.A.S.S. photographer James Overstreet comes blasting past us headed south. My driver is not impressed and doesn't want to wreck his boat in what are normally impassable but currently merely treacherous waters. 

 

So we head south. We see Chad Pipkens, Edwin Evers, and Ish Monroe on the main river channel. Ish catches a small non-keeper and throws it back. That remains the only fish I've seen caught on this river. 

 

We're out of oil, and my driver explains that you apparently need it to run an engine. Guess we're going back to Montgomery to check out the Expo. Tomorrow I need a more reckless driver, or some common sense. Not sure which.

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