Paul Elias reaches for his fish, hoping it's a keeper. Photo by Jimmy Murphy
None of the anticipated anglers have shown up at Moccasin Gap.
Paul Elias barreling a 2 3/4-pounder for a good upgrade. Photo by Jimmy Murphy
It's slow going right now for Edwin Evers in the Bouldin Dam Canal, and that's not completely unexpected, according to our boat driver Matt Chambliss. Chambliss lives in Pike Road, not far from here, and fishes this canal frequently. He said the key to the canal is catching that early flurry of fish just like Evers did first thing this morning. "There's a chance of getting another flurry, but you have to be in the right place and at the right time." It could happen for Evers, and clearly he's waiting it out here and hoping for that next flurry to happen.
Aaron Martens has a keeper that weighs about 2 1/2 pounds!
So who really has a chance to win this tournament? Well, it's almost never as wide open as some would have you believe. I think even the anglers sometimes have an unrealistic idea of how far back is too far back to make a run and win a tournament. The basic guideline is this — and I call it Ken's Comeback Formula — if you're going into the final day and you trail by more than the weight of a daily big bass, you're too far back to win. It would take a miracle!
The city of Wetumpka was founded on the site of a Creek Indian village called we-wau (water) and tum-cau (tumbling). David Walker almost went we-wau tum-cauing — tumbling into the Coosa River. In more drama for the day, Walker's boat got hung up on a boulder in Corn Creek Shoals, and it took him a while to get it off. It didn't look like fun. Brent Chapman was thinking about moving up, until he got deeper in the the shoals, then saw what was happening with Walker.
Paul Elias has another keeper for a small upgrade. Photo by Jimmy Murphy
A quick look at BASSTrak shows Edwin Evers with 10 pounds, 6 ounces -- a weight that has him in third place unofficially at the moment. From our angle, we think Evers' total is a bit higher than that, as I've reported him in the 12- to 13-pound range.
We are waiting at Moccasin Gap, wondering if any of these guys will chance this giant shoal to get farther upstream. A couple of the anglers said they would, but indicators from the blog say that gamble may not be worth it. This is a rough, rough stretch. I'm looking at white water where many folks wouldn't dare float through with a canoe. But we've seen them take these chances all week. If anything, this event may come down to who actually takes the biggest chance and makes it pay off.