Topics: 2013 Elite Series Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite

Lane heading up Coosa

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.

Three grateful old men

May 11, 2013

“These are the days of the endless summer…” Dateline:  Montgomery Alabama I dream, that somewhere out there, there is a planet, that doesn’t keep time. A planet, without, clocks. A planet, without, calendars. I dream, that all those, who live on that planet, watch, a million sunrises, a million sunsets. I dream, that I live on that planet, where there are no todays, no tomorrows,

The Chapman-Howell connection, again

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.

Martens with a 3-pounder

May 11, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Wesley Seal

Crochet with an upgrade

May 11, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Kenny Yarnell

Nice cull

May 11, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Kenny Yarnell

Murray makes a move

May 11, 2013

John Murray decided to make a move, and we followed him into the Tallapoosa River. It's very shallow in here, about 15 feet in the main channel where we are, but much more shallow on the bank, probably less than 10 feet. When the water isn't as high as it is today, it's only two or three feet deep in here. Murray has a swim bait tied on now and is throwing it toward the bank. Looks like he had a bite, but whatever it was shook it off. He goes back to the jig. We're going to idle out of here now.

Martens with a 4-pounder

May 11, 2013

Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Wesley Seal

Looking for excitement

May 11, 2013

Caught up to Edwin Evers on a quiet stretch of the Coosa.  The only exciting thing that's happened is Randy Howell zooming past. He's had enough and heads south.  We are taking his lead and looking for more excitement. Sounds like we missed it already.

Murray flipping a jig

May 11, 2013

True to Ish's word, we jetted about two miles up the Coosa and found John Murray flipping a jig into some dense bushes along the bank. Murray is in sixth place and said he has about 11 pounds in the boat today.   "I've got a lot of little ones. I'd like a big one. That would be really good." He said he's caught them on jigs and crank baits today. Now, he's on a River2Sea Touchdown Jig and he's down to his last couple because he's lost many jigs this week in the roots. He's using 50-pound braid, as well.   

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