Brent Chapman is methodically working his way down the shady side of this Coosa River bank, mostly with a jig, but making a few casts with a spinnerbait too. He just put another quality fish in the boat on the jig. He said 3 pounds. It was every bit of that. There is not a cloud in the sky today. It's a great day to be out on the Coosa River. David Walker, by the way, is now out of sight upstream.
Paul Elias has his second fish in the boat. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jimmy Murphy
Edwin Evers, with four fish in the boat, decided to pick up and run toward the upper end of the Bouldin Dam Canal. He's now fishing near the same waterfall where Randy Howell loaded the boat yesterday. With no sign of Howell today in this canal, it's a safe bet Evers won't have any company on this spot. And if he gets any of the same production here that Howell did, Evers will be in really good shape at the weigh-in.
John Murray has five fish in the livewell! Photo by Jimmy Rogers
Brent Chapman just put his first fish of the day in the livewell, and it was a good one -- about 3 1/4 pounds. James Overstreet and I just got here. We put in at the park in Wetumpka and are about a half-mile above the Coosa River Parkway bridge, but below Corn Creek Shoals, where we watched Chapman catch some yesterday. David Walker is above us -- above the shoals that we can hear roaring in the distance.
Evers continues his quest for this tournament title and the title of Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year. He just boated fish No. four -- a nicely sized 3-pounder. That gives him approximately 10-plus pounds so far this morning. He continues to throw that heavy crankbait along the shoreline about 30 yards from his boat and lets it work back toward his rig.
Steve Kennedy started fishing below where he was fishing the last few days. He just caught his sixth fish, about 3 pounds. Culling now. He said he has more than 15 pounds in his livewell now.
The final 12 anglers look for glory on the final day of the Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite.
John Murray has four keepers in his livewell. Photo by Jimmy Rogers