Bill Lowen is fishing so close to the shoreline of this Bouldin Dam Canal, he could reach out and grab the bushes if he wanted. How you doing Bill? "Not good," he said. That's a different story from yesterday when the River Rat had four fish in this same spot by 8 a.m. Koto Kirayama is in the canal now; and unlike most of the guys we've seen, he's fishing closer to the middle of the channel. No report on how he's doing.
Alabama Power notified B.A.S.S. that water flow on the Tallapoosa may be suspended today to locate a drowning victim near Tallassee. We just ran across this search and rescue boat presumably tasked with locating the victim.
There is a glut of anglers fishing within a half mile of the Bouldin Dam — Bill Lowen, Chad Pipkens, Rick Morris, Matt Herren, Edwin Evers and Gary Klein. We've settled on Klein for a moment. He's fishing closest to the dam maybe 300 yards away. Klein has a spinnerbait that he's throwing toward some flooded bushes. He says he has nothing so far this morning.
At just past the midway point of the 2013 season, I find myself looking at the two significant races (Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year and the battle to earn a berth in the Bassmaster Classic) in terms of points and trophies. The only way to win AOY is to rack up the points. To get to the Classic, you can do it through AOY points or you can win an Elite Series tournament. For some anglers, a bad start to the season means they won’t be able to get there on points. They’ll need a win.
Chip Porche with keeper No. 3. One small area has produced three quick keepers for Porche. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Trait Crist.
Rick Clunn with a small keeper. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Keith Lott.
It's No. 4 for Brent Chapman with a total estimated at about 15 pounds. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Karl Jones.
Brent Chapman has three fish for 9 pounds. Photos by Bassmaster Marshal Karl Jones.
David Walker's first fish of the day is a toad -- a big ol' 5-plus-pound spot. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jace Hilton.
Chip Porche with his first keeper of Day Two. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Trait Crist.