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

2013 Alabama River Charge Live Blog

Pipkens lost fish and fell into water

1:31 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Derrick Weston

Lane gets his limit

1:21 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jeff Mason

Grigsby makes a late day charge

1:15 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Ross Terrell

Spectators getting a good show

1:09 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |

Spectators have found Edwin Evers in the Bouldin Dam Canal. They are getting a good show so far.

Another good cull for McClelland

1:06 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Barry McKinley

Chapman still whacking 'em

1:04 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |

Brent Chapman continued to catch fish until James Overstreet and I had to leave the Coosa River and head to Montgomery.

 
We saw Chapman cull up when we arrived at Corn Creek Shoals. The fish pictured above, in Overstreet's photo, didn't help Chapman, other than keeping his confidence high.
 
A few minutes after this, Chapman set the hook on a big one, but told us immediately that it wasn't a (black) bass. With a big bend in his rod, Chapman then boated about a 4-pound hybrid.

A bass groupie?

12:45 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Spotted on the bank ...

 

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Barry McKinley

Lane heading up Coosa

12:22 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |

We happened upon Bobby Lane, who was idling underneath a bridge just past the Gold Star Park launch. Looks like "Big Fish" is going to head up the Coosa a little farther. There are plenty of youngsters and a couple of adults bank fishing at the launch. A group of people on the opposite side of the river was watching the action from their perch.

The Chapman-Howell connection, again

12:09 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |

Brent Chapman has been openly thankful on the weigh-in stage each day for his friend Randy Howell's advice this week. Chapman admitted he struggled in practice until Howell showed him where to key in on the Coosa River spotted bass.

 

So it made for an interesting scene when James Overstreet and I just arrived three-quarters of a mile above the second bridge at Wetumpka at Corn Creek Shoals. Howell boated over to Chapman, who was fishing down a bank here. As soon as Howell left, Chapman put a 3-pounder in the boat that gives him about 18 pounds for the day.

 

Chapman told us that this is one of the hot spots Howell showed him during practice. But it is not a place where he's spent much time this week. Chapman has concentrated farther upstream in the whitewater. 

 

And he made it up there today, despite the lower water level. But Chapman got out after catching about 15 pounds.

 

"I don't know how the guys that are still up there are going to get out," Chapman said.

 

When Overstreet and I put in at the park in Wetumpka this morning, a local animal control officer told us to watch out for the "alligator warning" sign near the boat ramp. It's usually up on the bank, but he said the top of it would be just barely under water now.

 

Sure enough, we bumped it with the prop.

 

When we got back here a few minutes ago, the sign was 6 inches out of the water.

Martens with a 3-pounder

12:05 pm CDT, May 11, 2013 |
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Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Wesley Seal

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