A soggy Day 1 of the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #2 presented by Allstate begins on the Alabama River.
As you can see in this photo, there's a considerable amount of current babbling through the Coosa River right now. But to the giant spotted bass that reside in this river, this is slack water. As of 11 a.m., two turbines are currently pumping 8,542 cubic feet of water per second through Jordan Dam. The tentative schedule indicates the schedule for today, April 16: Two turbines at midnight
Chris Murphy shows off a nice catch, but it won't count in this tournament.
This just in from a soaking wet James Overstreet. He’s camped out in Cooter’s Pond and found Shaw Grigsby. Last week the Florida pro finished 24th at the Bassmaster Elite Series event on Lake Guntersville. Not surprisingly, what drove the respectable finish was Grimsby’s sight fishing skills.
I trailered up to Wetumpka, Ala., this morning to launch on the Coosa River. Though the area has seen a lot of rainy days recently, the current is incomparable to what the Elites saw here in May of 2013. Back then, you had to be on plane to hold your boat in the current. But make no mistake, giant spotted bass still live here. They're just a little less aggressive as the current decreases.
The pro anglers and co-anglers are set for Day 1 of the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #2 presented by Allstate.