In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they prepare to launch on Day One of the 2009 Southern Open #2 on Wheeler Lake, near Decatur, Alabama.
Recent rain brought the river up but did not muddy it; and while bass are still in the prespawn stage, fair weather and warming temperatures have been predicted and should start pushing bass shallow.
Elite Series Tour tournament at Wheeler Lake in Decatur, AL.
Be ready for rough waters and bumpy roads if you're going to be a marshal for the 'Big Boys'.
Imagine this, you're an Elite Pro, a rookie doing not so well, Wheeler Lake is your shot to turn it around, and then your sister calls. Your father, the guy who took you fishing when you were a kid, just had a serious heart attack.
Day One of the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel has top three in a close battle.
Elite pro Jon Bondy told me of his "adventure" getting back to the ramp in time for weigh-in.
Approaching storms cloud Day One of the Dixie Duel. Anglers and Marshals return from Lake Wheeler as the weather quickly deteriorates.
DECATUR, Ala. — There's at least one first in the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel on north Alabama's Lake Wheeler. The 2009 Elite Series tournament marks the first time that a mayor has served as a tournament marshal. Actually, such a distinction isn't likely to make the "Guinness Book of World Records," as this is only the third tournament where marshals, or non-fishing observers, have been employed.
The weather is always a variable in the equation of fishing, and never more so than at the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel.