Chapman Holds onto Lead of Alabama River Charge
May 11th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified May 11th, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Lake Quivira, Kansas pro and reigning Angler of the Year, Brent Chapman, brought in a limit weighing 18 pounds 3 ounces for a three-day total of 59 pounds 4 ounces to maintain his first place position heading into the final day of the Bassmaster Elite Series event on the Alabama River out of Montgomery, Alabama. Talala, Oklahoma pro Edwin Evers, brought in 22 pounds and 6 ounces to slide into the number two spot with a three-day total of 58 pounds 1 ounce.
|Brent Chapman holds a 1 pound, 3 ounce lead over AOY leader Edwin Evers. (Photo BassFIRST)|
Rounding out the Top 5 heading into the final day are Steve Kennedy of Auburn, Alabama, Alton Jones from Waco, Texas and Bobby Lane from Lakeland, Florida.
Chapman doubtful about tomorrow.
“I’m not gonna be able to get back to the fish tomorrow due to shallow water,” said Chapman. “I found some other places today. The water was dropping fast where I was fishing. I went up a waterfall on the river today. With the conditions out there we put on the big Mustang life vests.”
Evers on the move.
“I had a great day,” said Evers. “I haven’t caught a bass in the same place twice. I’ve been power fishing. These spots are some of the hardest pulling fish. They’ve straightened my hooks, I’ve broken rods. Even though the water is dropping, I should be able to get to them tomorrow.”
Kennedy gets rocky.
“I’m fishing below the Jordan Dam near Wetumpka,” said Kennedy. “I had an interesting ride. I hit a rock on the way to my area and pulled into an eddy to see what happened. I caught two 4-pounders and two 3-pounders in there before I even got going today. I’m having a blast. This is the most fun I’ve had in a long, long time.”
|Edwin Evers after his 22-6 sack was announced. (Photo BassFIRST)|
Kennedy weighed in 23 pounds 3 ounces today.
Jones not on numbers.
“I plan on fishing the same area tomorrow,” said Jones. “It’s a good area and I should have it to myself tomorrow. It’ll be nice to have a fresh run at them. Big ones live there. I’d like to see the water keep dropping and the flow slow down. It would bring the fish out from where they are. Some are way back in the flooded trees where you can’t get at them.”
Jones brought in 17 pounds 4 ounces today.
Lane staying put.
“I’m perfectly content staying where I am at,” said Lane. “I’m fishing some little cuts and stuff, not going up as far as some of the guys. A tree I had been fishing is now on dry ground. If I get another 16 pounds it’s going to be a good tournament for me.”
Lane’s limit weighed 16 pounds 13 ounces.
Sunday’s Top 12:
1. Brent Chapman: 59-04
2. Edwin Evers: 58-01
3. Steve Kennedy: 55-00
4. Alton Jones: 53-14
5. Bobby Lane: 51-00
6. David Walker: 50-13
7. (tie) Skeet Reese: 47-00
7. (tie) Aaron Martens: 47-00
9. John Murray: 46-11
10. Tommy Biffle: 45-09
11. Paul Elias: 44-09
12. Randy Howell: 44-01