The Elite Series angler-less duo here in Corn Creek ain't happy. Overstreet is trying to take a nap, but I'm playing "The Heist" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as loud as I can get it on my iPhone. I noticed a big thrift shop in Wetumpka yesterday. If it's open on Sundays, I might show up at the weigh-in in a come-up. Hold on — Chapman is back, and we're back to work.
And then another for Edwin Evers. As soon as I hit send on my last post, the Oklahoman boated a 2 1/2-pounder on a crankbait. It wasn't really big, but it was heavy enough for him to be able to cull. Every ounce is going to count, it appears, with Brent Chapman, Steve Kennedy and John Murray making moves themselves. The Alabama River Charge is on, ladies and gentlemen!
The great thing about BassTrakk is you can sort of track these anglers. I've been on the phone with Hank Weldon, who is running that system today. He tells me Brent Chapman got almost to me, then turned around. Meanwhile, I was sitting here at the ready waiting for him to appear. It will be interesting from here on out on whether that turn back and Kennedy forging ahead will be the difference.
As we thought he would, Edwin Evers picked up from his last spot and has moved three more times since my last blog. He's running about a quarter-mile each time, looking for pockets with current. He just had a big fish on, it appears, but lost it. He's still changing baits frequently -- spinnerbaits, crankbaits, even a jig at one point. No keepers yet, though. Of course, as I type, he just lit into what appears to be a 4-pounder. He worked the fish around the back of the boat, and finally, reaching into the water, grabbed the toad.
So Kennedy is now at the dam. Luckily if anything happens there, photographers Seigo Saito and Gary Tramontina are there to capture it. If you've been paying attention to this event, then you know what I'm speaking of. If not, check the last two days' photo galleries of whitewater bassin' and then watch the video. Kennedy is taking the gamble the whole distance.
David Walker just came back up to Corn Creek Shoals, where he got stuck on a boulder earlier this morning. He fished right through that area without any luck, other than not getting stuck. Now Walker has moved up the Coosa River out of our sight. And once again, James Overstreet and I are angler-less. Why I didn't bring that box of red worms and a fishing pole I'll never know. We're seeing fish jumping all around us here in the mouth of Corn Creek.
Do you believe in miracles — and, in particular, bass tournament miracles? I do. I've seen them happen … or watched them on TV or read about them in magazines. When Rick Clunn came from 14th place and more than nine pounds behind to win the 1990 Bassmaster Classic on the James River it was a miracle — nothing less. But miracles don't happen very often, and expecting a miracle is a good way to wind up disappointed.
At the start of the Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite, the water flow in downtown Montgomery was around 81,000 CFS. According to data charts, it is now down to 48,600 CFS. The elevation mark at the Northern Bypass in Montgomery is at 24 feet, where it was above 29 feet during the first two days of competition. Alabama Power charts show water slowing down significantly starting late today. Without any significant rainfall this week, I do not think anyone thought the flow would maintain at what it has been.
Thanks to Lee Willis, my boat driver today. He is taking me out with his jet boat in extreme water today — a big help for us!
At 10:15 a.m, Edwin Evers decided he had enough of the Bouldin Dam Canal and zoomed about 2 miles down the Coosa River. His bite had come to pretty much nothing, so it probably was an easy decision to make. He's on the southeast shoreline, throwing to some flooded bushes with a crankbait. He continues to work quickly, changing rods and lures often. We passed John Murray, who's fishing just inside the Bouldin Dam Canal as we followed in hot pursuit of Evers.