Chip Porche with his first keeper of Day Two. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Trait Crist.
Clark Reehm knew he had to change the game plan for today. It's looking real good so far.
Right before we were going to leave Randy Howell, he put fish No. 4 in the livewell. It came on a crankbait he's casting toward a red dirt bluff. He said he's catching his fish early. He put 17 pounds on the scales yesterday, so he's staying right in the hunt early today. He said the water flow has a lot to do with the bite and its success. Off to the dam.
It’s interesting to see John Murray leading this derby after the first day. Murray is the quintessential professional angler. He’s had a lot of success out West, won a couple of WON Bass U.S. Opens (1997 and 1999) on Lake Mead, picked up four WON Bass Daiwa Cup Championships (their version of AOY) and earned the respect of everyone who follows the sport. He’s also qualified for six Bassmaster Classics and won the Bassmaster Open Championship in 2003 on Toledo Bend.
I am on my way to the Tallapoosa River, where Kelly Jaye and Tommy Biffle fished yesterday. I expect to have a little bit of an adventure from this. Jaye had a pretty good sack of fish yesterday but Biffle crashed getting up there. That's why I'm going to drive up there. I'm in my truck driving down I-85, which is a much nicer ride than a jet boat. The interesting thing about this morning is we received a notice from Alabama Power they may shut off the water.
Photographer Darren Jacobson, boat driver Mike Noble and I made our long run to the canal that leads to the Bouldin Dam. It's about a 30-minute run from the launch. Just like yesterday, we found Randy Howell in here. Howell reports he has three fish -- one that goes over 4 pounds and another that's over 3 pounds. He says he has about 11 pounds now. Edwin Evers is not far from us, but he's out of range for us to see just yet what he's doing.
Dave Smith surveys the shoreline early on Day Two on the Alabama River. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Harvey Starling.
Gerald Swindle has No. 1 in the boat early on Day Two. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jimmy Murphy.