I'm with photographer Darren Jacobson and boat driver Mike Noble of Wetumpka, Ala. We ran 30 minutes or so up the Alabama River and have reached the Walter Bouldin Dam. On our way, we passed about two dozen anglers and saw fish catches from Keith Combs, Jonathon VanDam and Casey Scanlon. We've found Bill Lowen now just off the dam; he's fishing the shoreline. He reports he's already caught four and lost "two giants."
Derek Remitz has four in the box so far. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Chris Reeves.
Shaw just nailed keeper No. 4. It's a 3-pounder, and fish are schooling all around the boat. Photo by Trait Crist.
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Due to the strong current, Shaw Grigsby had to pull his boat into thick cover and tie up so he could get positioned correctly. He now has two keepers in the livewell. Photos by Bassmaster Marshal Trait Crist.
Mike McClelland swings bass No. 4 into the boat early on Day One on the Alabama River.
Takahiro Omori has the first one in the boat; estimated weight is about 2 pounds.