Matt Reed puts No. 4 in the boat. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Tim Patterson.
We found Grant Goldbeck on the Alabama River shoreline. He said he's not having a good tournament and didn't have much to offer for the blog. But he did say that the fish are working in two different ways so far this week. They're more suspended today with this cloud cover," he said. Seigo Saito, another photographer working the tournament with us, said tournament leader John Murray has four small fish. He's on the Coosa, but we missed him earlier.
I'm below Jordan Dam where I've found Steve Kennedy, Keith Poche and, I believe, Jared Miller. I have no idea how they are doing. The flood gates are open and the constant roar of water is deafening. These guys are fishing in white water. Poche just moved downriver out of sight, bouncing down the rapids like a basketball rolling down a set of crooked stairs. It's amazing what these guys will do to catch a fish.
As the season progresses, more and more of the field becomes effectively eliminated from qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic on points. They’ve just fallen too far behind to get it done. For them, the only route to the Classic is to win an Elite tournament.
As ace photographer Darren Jacobson pointed out so aptly, "You need a traffic cop in here." Here is the Bouldin Dam Canal. Some call it Callaway Creek. Some just call it "The Canal." The Elites are frequenting this 3-mile canal heavily today. We just found Brandon Palaniuk who is really close to the dam. "I've got the big old goose egg right now," he said. "I'd like to catch about 18 (pounds,) though." He'll have to pick up the pace to do that, obviously.
Largemounth number four for Rick Clunn. 2-3/4 pounder. 8:50 am. He said he needs a bigger bite to go fish tomorrow. Sent in by Marshal Keith Lott.
Mike Iaconelli with a 2 3/4-pounder. It's No. 3 for Ike. Things are heating up! Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jimmy Rogers.
Another good spot for Stephen Browning! Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Barry Mckinley.