2013 Elite Series Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole
Mississippi River - La Crosse, WI, Jun 20 - 23, 2013

2013 Mississippi River Rumble Live Blog

This isn't what Pirch was looking for

9:14 am CDT, Jun 21, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Al Franz

Making adjustments on Day Two

9:09 am CDT, Jun 21, 2013

In the above photo, that's Chris Bowes on the left and Jon Stewart on the right. Chris is serving as the tournament director for this event while Trip Weldon is taking medical leave. His day job is tournament director for the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series. Jon is assisting him at this event. On most days, Stewart is the tournament director for B.A.S.S. Nation.

Duckett on Main River

9:04 am CDT, Jun 21, 2013

We come across Boyd Duckett fishing near an island on the main river. He has his Power Poles down and has one in the box.

The rain persists.

Lightning Still Striking

8:58 am CDT, Jun 21, 2013

Lightning is still striking in the distance. Our boat driver, Brandon Meisner, tells me another storm is coming. Meisner is retired military. He has done four tours oveseas and has seen serious action.

He loaned his phone to me so I can continue blogging. My phone has already shut down due to the rain.

Jared Miller catches a 3-pounder.

Nice first keeper for Lane

8:58 am CDT, Jun 21, 2013

Bobby Lane has one in the livewell. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Scott Sutter.

Blogging in the rain

8:52 am CDT, Jun 21, 2013

Mark Hicks blogging in the rain. He and I are sharing the boat for the rest of the event.  His phone just went down.  He is now using our camera boat driver's phone.

Launching at Stoddard Park Landing

8:45 am CDT, Jun 21, 2013

Just took a long drive south to launch at Stoddard Park Landing. I'll be sharing a chase boat with photographer Darren Jacobson.


The wind has blown wood debris over this gravel parking lot. The ramp is covered with duck wart. Between the ramp and the Mississippi River is a vast shallow flat of grass.


While we're launching, Jared Miller pulls in,  fishes the dock at the ramp and moves on.

It is raining steadily, but not hard.


I see three roostertails in a row heading south out on the Mississippi.

Smith and Cherry fishing close by

8:41 am CDT, Jun 21, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Clint Elledge

Palaniuk lost 2

8:35 am CDT, Jun 21, 2013

Heading to the launch

8:29 am CDT, Jun 21, 2013

We drive to Staddard to launch this morning.  Rain is still coming down and there are many signs of the bad weather that has hit us.