River Monsters thinks they have their unscripted rescues so do the Bassmaster Elite pros. Matt Lee helped two fishermen who were caught up in a very distressing situation, their boat had capsized and they had been hanging on to it for over an hour. High winds and choppy water situations can get dangerous. Gerald Swindle Warrior, Alabama has gone through two trolling motors on Wheeler Lake Decatur Alabama (3 hours from Atlanta) with a little help from his Winyah Bay win friend Britt Myers. The backyard bonus has got it going on today in Decatur there are nine, count them nine pros who call these parts home:
- Steve Kennedy Auburn,
- Greg Vinson Wetumpka,
- Jordan Lee Auburn,
- Randy Howell Springville,
- Chris Lane Guntersville,
- Coby Carden Shelby,
- David Kilgore Jasper,
- Aaron Martens Leeds.
Coming off spawn. Yesterday the Elite Series got started and John Crews Salem, Virgina showed ‘em how it was done. He brought in a twenty-pound stringer right off the bat and boy howdy didn’t it look good. Alton Jones was right when you are talking confidence it means all the world of difference in how you are going into the tournament and fishing it. There are a lot of confident Elite Series pros in boats on Wheeler right now who fish hard to get it done. His article on time management really puts it to us regular fishing folk in that the pros have a deadline and there surely has to be an art as to how you make something in Mother Nature, a fish, follow your lead and get in the boat in a timely manner. Well if we all knew that trick we’d all be in that Super Bowl of fishing tournament that we spend so much time dreaming about.
Not even a pound behind Crews in second place is Casey Ashley Donald, South Carolina he had the Carhartt Big Bass 6-4 and 19-12 on the scale. That’s a happy bag. Exactly one-pound in third place in yesterday was David Lefebre with 18-12 and in fourth place just one-ounce on the other side of Lefebre is Brandon Lester Fayetteville, Tennessee with 18-1.
Kevin Van Dam Kalamazoo, Michigan, just four ounces shy of Lester, is right fat in the number five spot. I say right fat in, because he has the major Bassmaster Classic four-time winner and seven time Angler of the Year spread going on 18-7.
6th-Josh Bertrand 18-1
7th-James Elam 17-14
8th-Boyd Duckett 17-4
9th-Davy Hite 17-1
10th-Edwin Evers 16-15 2016 Bassmaster Classic Champion
11th-Gerald Swindle 16-8
12th-David Williams 16-7
Take off 6:15 am CT Ingalls Harbor 802 B Wilson Street NW Decatur, Alabama 35601.
Weigh in 3:00pm CT also at Ingalls Harbor. It is a free family event.