DECATUR, Ala. — There's at least one first in the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel on north Alabama's Lake Wheeler. The 2009 Elite Series tournament marks the first time that a mayor has served as a tournament marshal. Actually, such a distinction isn't likely to make the "Guinness Book of World Records," as this is only the third tournament where marshals, or non-fishing observers, have been employed.
The big bass haven't shown up yet, at least not at practice, at the Evan Williams Bourbon Dixie Duel.
This years Dixie Duel could be just as unpredictable as the 2008 Elite Series on Wheeler Lake.